Cool Couscous with Fruit and Nuts

Photo: Douglas Mirriam
Vary this side salad with whatever type of dried fruit and nuts you have on hand—dried apricots and toasted hazelnuts, for example, or dried cherries and pecans. Serve with grilled jerk-style chicken or pork.

Yield:

6 servings (serving size: about 1/2 cup)

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Nutritional Information

Calories 197
Caloriesfromfat 19 %
Fat 4.2 g
Satfat 0.8 g
Monofat 2.2 g
Polyfat 1 g
Protein 4.2 g
Carbohydrate 35 g
Fiber 2.2 g
Cholesterol 0.0 mg
Iron 0.6 mg
Sodium 258 mg
Calcium 24 mg

Ingredients

1 cup uncooked couscous
3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1 1/2 cups boiling water
1/4 cup orange juice
1 tablespoon canola oil
1/2 cup dried mixed fruit
2 tablespoons dry-roasted cashews, chopped

Preparation

1. Combine couscous and salt in a medium bowl; add 1 1/2 cups boiling water. Cover and let stand 8 minutes or until liquid is absorbed. Combine juice and oil; stir into couscous. Cover and chill 30 minutes. Stir in fruit and cashews.

Note:

Brad Birky,

SAME Café, Denver, Colorado,

June 2008