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Well, Ex-Couscous Me Mediterranean Salad!

Well, Ex-Couscous Me Mediterranean SaladI love couscous because it’s one of the fastest cooking grain products I know, making it a pretty good solution for when you need something last minute for a potluck. This dish takes less than 20 minutes to stir together and comes out full of colour and flavour.

Couscous also has one of the funnest names of all foods. It also makes a great party food (I have brought it to a fair number of parties). It holds onto its fluffiness and flavour after storage and it doesn’t need to be served hot. It’s perfect.

Well, Ex-Couscous Me Mediterranean Salad

I always associate couscous with a party, right alongside kazoos, confetti and party games. I remember “bobbing for donuts” at a party when I was a kid. It was an awful game. For one, it’s really messy. Every kid ended up with donut frosting everywhere. For two, the donuts fell on the floor. That was probably the saddest part of the whole ordeal. I don’t remember having too much trouble with being dirty, but when the donut I’d fought so hard for fell, that was devastating. I probably ate it anyway though. Who am I kidding?

Well, Ex-Couscous Me Mediterranean Salad

As a kid, I preferred the “classic” party games, like musical chairs and pin the tail on the donkey. More imaginative games must have been invented by now. I don’t have kids and don’t really have a need to invent party games so I don’t know what’s out there. Do you have any unique party games? Let me know in the comments. If they have to do with food, even better.

Well, Ex-Couscous Me Mediterranean Salad

Since couscous calls for a party, today’s musical selection is “All Night Disco Party” by Brakes, featuring a chilly house full of jamming arctic animals. It should get you in the right mood for cooking up fun:

Now get into it and get the kitchen party started:

Well, Ex-Couscous Me Mediterranean Salad!

Good for a 12 person potluck

  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 1 3/4 cups couscous
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons orange juice
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 small apple, diced
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 9.6-ounce (284-millilitre) can mandarin orange slices, drained
  • 1/2 cup slivered almond, toasted
  • 3 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  1. Put the couscous in a medium bowl. Combine the boiling water, olive oil and salt. Pour the mixture over the couscous. Mix well then allow to sit for about 15 minutes. Once done, fluff the couscous with a fork.
  2. Whisk together the mayonnaise, orange juice and cumin. Pour the dressing onto the couscous then add the remaining ingredients. Toss everything together until well mixed. Transfer to a nice serving bowl and bring to potluck or keep in the fridge for up to 1 day before serving.

Well, Ex-Couscous Me Mediterranean Salad

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This entry was posted on May 9, 2015 by in Salad, Side Dish, Vegetarian and tagged , , , , , .

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