Couscous Salad with Dried Apricots and Mint

    Couscous Salad with Dried Apricots and Mint

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    25min


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    Couscous is a convenient, easy stand-by for salads with a difference. Here it is complemented by a spiced citrus vinaigrette, dried fruit and nuts. Serve as a side dish with lamb or poultry.

    Ingredients
    Serves: 6 

    • 1 cup couscous
    • 1/2 cup dried apricots, diced
    • 1/3 cup currants
    • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
    • 2 tablespoons orange juice
    • 1 1/4 tablespoons lemon juice
    • 1/2 teaspoon honey
    • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
    • 1 garlic clove, crushed
    • freshly ground black pepper to taste
    • 4 spring onions, chopped
    • 1/3 cup chopped fresh mint
    • 1/3 cup toasted pine nuts, or shelled, chopped pistachios

    Directions
    Preparation:25min  ›  Ready in:25min 

    1. Place couscous, apricots and currants in a heatproof bowl. Pour over 1 cup boiling water, stir, cover and stand for 5 minutes. Fluff up with a fork. Cool.
    2. Combine oil, orange juice, lemon juice, honey, cinnamon, garlic and pepper in a medium bowl or a jar with a tight-fitting lid. Whisk or shake to blend.
    3. Combine couscous, spring onions and mint in a large bowl. Add orange juice dressing and toss to coat well. Just before serving, sprinkle with nuts. The salad will keep, covered, in the refrigerator for up to a day.

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    Reviews (5)

    dianecachia
    9

    Altered ingredient amounts. i doubled the amount for a larger group of people and important tip, use cold water for the couscous not boiling water.....the couscous clumps with hot water, very frustrating, cold water makes it much fluffier and it's nicer as a cold salad anyway! - 19 Mar 2010

    Aurajin
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    3

    For you information, vegans definitely do not eat honey. Let me explain: We consider it cruel as the bees make it for their own dietary needs, that is to feed their hives and sustain their young. The production of honey from a single bee over its entire lifetime is only one-twelfth of a teaspoon! So each tablespoon of honey represents the workload of thirty six bees!! Furthermore, to obtain the honey, the bees are smoked out of their hives, which goes straight into their eyes and respiratory system. Bees are killed in this process. Please remove the vegan label or adjust your recipe accordingly. - 16 Oct 2009

    Aurajin
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    1

    For you information, vegans definitely do not eat honey. Let me explain: We consider it cruel as the bees make it for their own dietary needs, that is to feed their hives and sustain their young. The production of honey from a single bee over its entire lifetime is only one-twelfth of a teaspoon! So each tablespoon of honey represents the workload of thirty six bees!! Furthermore, to obtain the honey, the bees are smoked out of their hives, which goes straight into their eyes and respiratory system. Bees are killed in this process. Please remove the vegan label or adjust your recipe accordingly. - 16 Oct 2009

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