With the temperatures climbing closer and closer towards the 90's these days, Justin and I have been looking for some light and easy dinner ideas. I have also been trying to "get out of my comfort zone" and try new ingredients. Up until this, I had never made anything with couscous so I am pretty proud of myself for how this dish turned out.
I first saw this Food Network recipe a'la Giada De Laurentis on Pinterest and it was one of those things where I thought to myself how good and refreshing it was but figured it would be something that I never got around to making. But Thursday night I was scrambling to find something to make for dinner (due to the fact that I have been slacking on meal planning lately) and I was looking at my "Things To Make For Dinner Eventually..." pin board and realized that I had everything on hand to make this dish.
We paired it with a spinach salad (our go to summer salad) and it made for a perfect meal. I love how the crasins and chunks of apple add a freshness and a sweetness to the couscous. The apple cider vinaigrette was just zesty enough and smelled divine. This would also be a great dish to bring to a picnic or summer bbq as it would be an easy side dish to lighten up a heavy meal.
I couldn't believe how easy it was to make and it made a huge amount too. We found that it tastes best if you let it cool completely and chill in the fridge for a few hours before serving. In Justin's opinion, it was even better as leftovers the next few days.
Couscous Summer Salad adapted from The Food Network
- 2 cups uncooked couscous (I just used the box of Far East brand couscous)
- 2 tablespoons olive oil (for cooking the couscous)
- 4 cups low sodium chicken broth
- 1 teaspoon chopped thyme
- 1 medium green apple diced
- 1 cup of crasins
- 1/2 cup slivered almonds
- 1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
- 3 tablespoons honey
- 1 tablespoon kosher salt
- ground black pepper to taste
- 1/3 cup olive oil (for the vinaigrette)
2.) Add the chicken broth, bring to a boil and let it simmer for 10-15 minutes or until almost all of the liquid is cooked down.
|I totally panicked when I saw how much liquid there was but it all evaporated with no problem.|
|Cooked couscous before the mix ins.|
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