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Fruited Couscous Salad with Chicken

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The colorful salad is a feast for the eyes as well as the tastebuds. The perfect dish to feed a crowd or take to a potluck.

Preparation facts

Yield: 6 servings



2 1/4 cups (540mL) water

2 Tbs (35g) chicken bouillon granules

1 3/4 cups (350g)` couscous, uncooked

2 cups (305g) boneless skinless chicken breast, cooked, cut into bite-sized pieces

1 cup (150g) red bell pepper, chopped (one pepper)

1 carrot, chopped

1/2 cup (75g) dried cranberries

1 green apple, chopped

3 green onions, chopped

1/4 cup (10g) parsley sprigs, finely minced


1/2 cup (120mL) freshly squeezed lemon juice

3 Tbs (45mL) olive oil

1 clove garlic, minced

1/2 tsp (1g) curry powder

1/4 tsp (1g) cumin

1/4 tsp (1g) turmeric

1/4 tsp (1mL) Tabasco sauce

1/4 tsp (1g) black pepper, freshly ground


In a jar or small bowl, blend together lemon juice, oil, garlic, curry powder, cumin, turmeric, Tabasco, and black pepper. Set aside.

In a medium sauce pan, bring water to a boil, stir in chicken bouillon and add couscous. Mix couscous with a fork; cover and remove from heat. Let stand until broth is absorbed, about 15 minutes. Fluff couscous with a fork and transfer to a large bowl. Place bowl in refrigerator for about 5 minutes to cool.

When couscous has cooled, mix in cooked chicken, red pepper, carrots, dried cranberries, apple, green onions and parsley. Add lemon dressing and toss well.

Chill at least one hour before serving.

Nutrition facts

Serving Size 1 serving
Calories 393
Calories from Fat 82 (21%)
% Daily Value*
14%Total Fat 9g
8%Saturated Fat 1.5g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1.3g
Monounsaturated Fat 5.7g
13%Cholesterol 40mg
4%Sodium 87mg
12%Potassium 407mg
19%Total Carbohydrate 56g
20%Dietary Fiber 5.1g
Sugars 11g
Sugar Alcohols 0g
44%Protein 22g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Nutrition facts are calculated by a food expert using nutritional values provided by the USDA for common products used as recipe ingredients. Actual nutritional values may differ depending on the amounts or products used and can be affected by cooking methods.
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