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Moroccan Couscous And Vegetable Salad

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The Moroccan Couscous Salad is an authentic preparation using couscous. Couscous is one of those grains that most people don’t know what to do with. Like pasta (it’s semolina, actually), it has little flavor on its own, but you can’t pour anything like marinara over it because it’s too fine and it just gets soggy.
Ingredients
  Couscous 1 1⁄2 Cup (24 tbs)
  Boiling water 1 1⁄2 Cup (24 tbs)
  Butter 1 Tablespoon
  Plain yogurt 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs)
  Olive oil 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs)
  White wine vinegar 1 Teaspoon
  Ground turmeric 1⁄4 Teaspoon
  Salt 1 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Freshly ground black pepper 1 Teaspoon
  Carrot 1 , grated
  Green onions 2 , thinly sliced
  Dried cranberries 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs)
  Dried apricots 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs)
  Currants 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs)
  Minced flat leaf parsley 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
  Silvered almonds 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs)
  Finely chopped red onion 2 Tablespoon
Directions

1. In a medium bowl, place the couscous.
2. In the boiling water, melt butter and pour over the couscous; simply cover and leave the couscous undisturbed for 5 minutes.
3. After 5 minutes, gently fluff the couscous with a fork.
4. In a small bowl, prepare the dressing by combining the yogurt, olive oil, vinegar, curry, turmeric, salt and pepper.
5. Pour the dressing over the fluffed couscous and stir gently to combine the dressing with couscous.
6. Add carrots, green onions, cranberries, apricots, currants, parsley, almonds and red onion to the couscous.
7. Season with salt and pepper, as per the taste.
8. Serve at once or store in the refrigerator until ready for use.

TIPS
I like to store it for at least a few hours to allow the flavors to meld, then remove from the refrigerator about an hour before serving to bring it up to room temperature.

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Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Easy
Cuisine: 
African
Course: 
Side Dish
Taste: 
Savory
Feel: 
Smooth
Method: 
Mixing
Dish: 
Salad, Couscous
Restriction: 
Vegetarian
Ingredient: 
Vegetable
Interest: 
Gourmet, Healthy
Preparation Time: 
5 Minutes
Cook Time: 
10 Minutes
Ready In: 
15 Minutes
Servings: 
4
Have tried making a salad with couscous! If not then make a salad using all the fresh vegetables and mix in some couscous using the guidance of this video! Its light and easy and the video has simple instructions!

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