Cous Cous Salad, Dried Fruits, Toasted Almonds, Orange Dressing
Cous Cous is a food with versatile combination possibilities equaling any type of pasta and its approximate ten minute preparation makes it the perfect choice for a broad range of food occasions, including those impromptu.
I have prepared both regular and Israeli Cous Cous Salads for the Team Family Tailgate, served it on the Buffet at Holiday Events, and last week it made a perfect spur of the moment luncheon dish for a neighborhood friend stopping by for a visit.
One key tip on dressing your Cous Cous Salad, similar to using orzo, is that the dressing absorbs into the grain so if you are making it in advance you will want to have a little extra dressing to freshen up your salad at the time of serving.
This salad works well because you can keep all of these ingredients in your pantry and put it together in less than an hour.
You can prepare this salad using either quick cook Cous Cous or for Israeli Cous Cous, Trader Joe’s is your best bet. They have an excellent preparation recipe on the back of the box whose format I follow though varying out with my own ingredients.
Bags of dried fruits are easily stocked and handy pantry items for all sorts of uses.
For today’s salad I used Apricots and Cranberries along with honey sliced almonds, also from Trader Joe’s.
You could alternatively use raisins or mango or any other dried fruit.
Adding cinnamon to the Cous Cous gives a little more complexity and flavor to the dish, I’ve alternatively tried a little pinch of allspice which has also provided a nice distinction. With a large naval orange in the refrigerator the fresh juice complemented well with the salad ingredients.
The hectic holiday season now upon us we can all use some lovely dishes to put together for those special in our lives, something a bit unique that shows how much we care. I hope this Cous Cous, Dried Fruits, Toasted Almonds, Orange Dressing is one that will work well for you too!