Couscous Salad with Spicy Yogurt Dressing Recipe -

Couscous Salad with Spicy Yogurt Dressing

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"This cool, refreshing, and colorful salad is sure to please!"

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  1. To make the couscous: Heat the oil in a 2-quart saucepan over medium heat. Add the onion and celery and cook for 2-3 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables are softened. Stir in the couscous, coating with oil. Cook and stir for 1 minute until lightly toasted. Add the water and bring to a boil, stirring gently. Remove from the heat. Let stand, covered, for 30 minutes until cool and the liquid is absorbed, uncovering occasionally to fluff with a fork.
  2. To make the spicy yogurt dressing: In a large bowl, mix together the lemon juice, yogurt, oil, ginger root, garlic, cumin, coriander, and pepper. Whisk before serving.
  3. To make the salad: Transfer the couscous to a large serving bowl. Spoon the currants or raisins, chickpeas, bell peppers, cilantro or parsley, and scallions into separate mounds around the couscous. Add the dressing. Toss all the ingredients together at the table. Garnish with the lemon wedges, if using.
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  • This recipe is optimal for Phase 3 of the South Beach Diet.
  • Copyright© 2003 Waterfront Media, Inc. All rights reserved.

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Most Helpful Positive Review
Sep 10, 2005

amazing yogurt dressing...i have been putting it on everything! thank you!!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Jun 06, 2006

This is good, and I've been eating it all week for lunch. However, it's probably not something I will make again. Perhaps there's just too much green onion & cilantro and not enough sweetness for my tastes.


15 Ratings

Mar 22, 2005

I crave this salad. The dressing is so good.

Mar 08, 2005

This recipe is great for three reasons! 1. All of the vegetables/beans, I got them all ready prepared from the grocery salad bar. 2.It tastes so wonderful very fresh and satisfying. 3. It's cheaper than buying a deli salad. It is a great potluck dish, or light lunch.

Nov 18, 2004

I was looking for a nice couscous salad recipe and although I didn't have a lot of what is required here, I used some couscous I had already cooked, added the dressing and some veggies, cilantro, and voila! A very nice couscous salad!

Jan 22, 2006

I've been to Morocco and this recipe reminded me of the couscous I had eaten there. It is wonderful!

Dec 11, 2007

Amazing. The spicy yogurt is soooo good!

Feb 28, 2006

Sorry, lovely though this salad was, the taste did not appeal to me.


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  • Calories
  • 314 kcal
  • 16%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 56.3 g
  • 18%
  • Cholesterol
  • < 1 mg
  • < 1%
  • Fat
  • 7.8 g
  • 12%
  • Fiber
  • 7.5 g
  • 30%
  • Protein
  • 8.6 g
  • 17%
  • Sodium
  • 121 mg
  • 5%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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