Moroccan Couscous, Raisin, And Mint Salad
Chicken and couscous are a match made in heaven. Let this refreshing salad chill for 30 minutes before serving to let the flavors come together.
- Couscous1 cup dry, plain, quick-cooking couscous
- 1 1/2 cups water
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp olive oil
- 1 Tbs ground cinnamon
- 2 tsp finely grated orange zest
- Dressing1 (8 ounce) container plain yogurt (1 cup)
- 3/4 cup orange juice
- 1 cup firmly packed mint leaves (about 1 bunch), stems removed
- Salad1 1/2 cups coarsely shredded rotisserie chicken, skin removed
- 3 medium green onions, thinly sliced (about 1/2 cup)
- 1/2 cup raisins
- 1/2 cup already-shredded matchstick-size carrots
- 1/2 cup slivered almonds
- 1/4 tsp salt
- CouscousPrepare the couscous according to the package directions, using the water, salt, and oil. Add the cinnamon and orange zest as soon as the moisture is absorbed. Fluff the couscous with a fork, scoop it into a medium bowl, and let cool until no steam rises when it is fluffed. While the couscous is cooling, make the dressing.
- DressingCombine the yogurt, orange juice, and mint leaves in a food processor or blender and process until the yogurt and orange juice are combined and the mint is finely chopped.
- SaladAdd the salad ingredients to the cooled couscous and toss well to combine. Do not stir the couscous, or the grains will stick together. Pour the dressing over the salad and toss to combine. Do not stir. Chill for 30 minutes before serving.
Recipe courtesy of Rotisserie Chickens to the Rescue by Carla Fitzgerald Williams. Copyright © 2003 Carla Fitzgerald Williams. All Rights Reserved. Published by Hyperion. Available wherever books are sold.
Cooking Tip: Orange zest is the colorful part of the orange peel. Avoid the bitter white part or pith underneath. To grate, cover a four-sided box grater with plastic wrap and pull the orange down the side of the grater. Or use one of the new microplane zester-graters available in cookware stores.
Cooking Tip: For added flavor, toast the almonds. Place in a conventional or toaster oven at 350° F until fragrant and toasted, 5-7 minutes, stirring two or three times. Watch them carefully since they can go from nicely toasted to burned very quickly.
Nutrition Note: Nutrition Facts calculated using non-fat cheese.
Calories from Fat 86 (24%)
(15%)Total Fat 10g
(7%)Saturated Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 5g
Total Carbohydrate 54g
(21%)Dietary Fiber 5g
Sugar Alcohols 0g
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