Feb 18 2010

Couscous Salad with Almonds and Cranberries

Published by at 10:12 am under Salads,Sides

Here is a healthy side dish which we made to go with some grilled chicken this past weekend. It does not take more than 10 minutes to make. The couscous takes 5 minutes to cook, once you add it to the chicken broth. You can go all vegetarian by using vegetable broth instead. Using broth instead of water helps flavor the couscous.


1 cup whole wheat couscous
1 and 1/2 cup chicken broth
2 Tbsp + 1 tsp olive oil
2 Tbsp lemon juice
zest of 1/2 a lemon
1/4 cup sliced almonds
1/4 cup dried sweetened cranberries
1/2 cup chopped scallions

In a sauce pan bring the chicken broth to a boil, add 1 teaspoon olive oil and the couscous. Stir and take it off the heat. Cover and let stand for 5 minutes. Fluff with a fork.

In a small bowl, combine the lemon juice, zest, salt and the olive oil to make the dressing. In a bowl, mix the couscous, almonds, cranberries, scallions and the dressing.


  • Zest the lemon before juicing it.
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7 responses so far

7 Responses to “Couscous Salad with Almonds and Cranberries”

  1. Recion 21 Feb 2010 at 7:05 am

    Hey Moon,

    Was wondering where I could get couscous in India . Searched the entire net , there isn’t any equivalent for it in Marathi/Hindi .. You got any idea?



  2. avantion 21 Feb 2010 at 7:21 am

    Recida, You could used cracked wheat or a coarse sooji in place of the couscous.

  3. Jen Cheungon 02 Mar 2010 at 9:08 pm

    you have an awesome page here =) I’m new at blogging! will be coming by often!! take cares

  4. Apolinaon 03 May 2010 at 8:32 am

    Hello – we have much in common, I too spend many a vacation in a tiny village near Vasai! Nice blog and some nice East Indian food !

  5. avantion 03 May 2010 at 11:34 am

    Thanks Apolina! Are you originally from Vasai too?

  6. Apolinaon 04 May 2010 at 1:48 am


    My father is from the village Ghass near Sopara!

  7. christineon 15 Sep 2010 at 12:06 pm

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