Saturday, January 1, 2011

Curried Couscous Salad

I love couscous! It is quick and easy to make and very versatile. It is also light and healthy which means you can eat larger amounts and still not intake allot of calories. This is my favorite version to make for get-togethers. In fact I just made it last night for our friends New Years Potluck. This dish is best eaten cold, but can be eaten warm as well. The trick to keeping the cilantro green and the nuts crunchy is by adding them after the couscous has cooled down to room temperature.

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Makes: about 2 1/2 cups

1 cup plus 2 tbs vegetable broth

1 cup couscous

2 tsp curry powder

1 big pinch of salt

Fresh ground pepper to taste

1/3 cup copped dried apricots – about 12-14

1/4 cup chopped cilantro - about a small handful

A small palm-full of toasted pepita’s or cashews – about 2 tbs

Directions:In a microwaveable dish, heat broth until almost boiling, about 3 ½ minutes. Stir in curry powder, salt and pepper until well blended. Add couscous and apricots; stir. Cover with saran wrap and let sit 5-10 minutes until liquid is absorbed. It is ok if there is a little liquid remaining. Let continue to cool until just slightly warm. Stir in cilantro and nuts. Can be served warm or chilled and served cold. Enjoy!

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