Thursday, August 2, 2012

Refreshing Couscous Salad

When it’s too hot outside (temperature’s 116 today), what do you make for dinner?  Definitely not something hot; how about something cold? How about something a little sweet, savory, and refreshing? A salad that will fill you up and not make you feel weighted down?  Tonight, I made Couscous Salad.  Bulldog Man loves to try new things, whereas, Tank doesn’t.  Lucky for me, Tank is working and won’t be home to try this refreshing salad.  I’ve placed the recipe below for your convenience.
Refreshing Couscous Salad

1 box instant plain couscous (following instructions on preparing)
½ cut dried sweet Craisins
4 dried apricot pieces, diced
¼ cup chopped dates
1 yellow or red pepper, diced
½ cup of chopped cherry tomatoes
¼ chopped purple onion
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
1 teaspoon salt
ground black pepper (to taste)
1 tablespoon lemon juice
2 tablespoons orange juice
2 to 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
¼ cup of feta cheese
½ cup, toasted, sliced, almonds or walnuts

Cook plain couscous as instructed on the box and let cool on side of stove. Once cool, place all ingredients (except nuts) in bowl and mix, cover and place in refrigerator until nice and cold.  Put nuts on a baking sheet in a 350-degree oven until nuts are brown.  Remove from oven as soon as you smell them or they get slightly brown.   Place off to the side until nuts have cooled.  Before serving, sprinkle salad with nuts.  * You can add anything to this salad and it will taste wonderful.  Some people add meat, more vegetables, and others more fruit.

Bulldog Man gives this salad a thumbs up. 

What’s on your table tonight?



  1. This looks so yummy! I might have to break down and buy some couscous. :)

    1. Glo, Couscous is so easy to make and you can add what ever you want to it. The salad was really good.

  2. Sigh, Subway...didn't feet like cooking tonight. I know...he walks away and hangs his head in shame.

    1. No Shame Man....No Shame,Subway is actually pretty good.

  3. Uh, really I can spell....didn't feel. I always tell those kids at Subway I hate cow fodder. They sure give me some strange looks.

    1. I understood what you we're saying :-)
      Now, don't confuse the kids too much. You may end up with something you don't want on your sandwich, lol

  4. Sandy,
    Looks good, light and refreshing. In the 80's here but pushing triple digits in the next couple of days. Salmon and corn for us for dinner tonight. The couscous salad would be a good change of pace.

    1. Rose,
      I was delicious! I would love 80 degrees, hopefully you won't be real hot later in the week.
      I love fresh Salmon, I'll be right over. What time is dinner, lol