This apple and walnut couscous salad is a quick and easy dish perfect for a light lunch or a tasty side dish.
Couscous are pellet-shaped kernels made by steaming and crushing semolina flour from durum wheat. My friend and fellow Home Economist, Kathryn, pointed out that while often called pasta, it is technically not pasta. Pasta or not, it cooks up very quickly and can often be used as a substitute for rice or pasta in many dishes – but be aware, it does contain gluten. It’s fast cooking ability makes it a winner for camping and back country cooking.
Couscous is sometimes confused with quinoa. Once cooked their size and color are somewhat similar (quinoa has that distinct curly tail (it’s endosperm) and they can be used in many of the same recipes, but couscous and quinoa are quite different. Quinoa is a seed from a plant related to spinach, couscous is made from wheat flour. They’re both carbohydrates but quinoa does offer more protein and nutrients than couscous. Couscous is just slightly better nutrient-wise than white rice or pasta.
That’s not to say couscous doesn’t have its place! I’m a firm believe in enjoying balance and variety. There are times when the quick cooking nature of couscous, its texture and its flavor just can’t be beat. So go ahead, enjoy this apple and walnut couscous salad! I know you’ll love it.
- 1 cup Water
- 2/3 cup Couscous
- 2 stalks Celery, diced
- 1 Apple, diced
- ½ cup Roasted Walnuts, chopped
- 1½ tbsp Fresh Parsley, chopped
- 2 tbsp Green Onions, chopped
- 2 tbsp Canola Oil
- 1 tbsp Cider Vinegar
- 1 tbsp Maple Syrup or Honey
- 1 tsp Dijon Mustard
- to taste Salt and Pepper
- Bring water to boil. Add couscous. Remove from heat, cover and let sit for 5 minutes. Fluff with fork and cool completely
- In large bowl, toss cooled couscous, celery, apple, walnuts, parsley and green onions.
- In small bowl, whisk together oil, vinegar, maple syrup, mustard, salt and pepper. Toss with couscous.
- Yield Makes 4 servings
Do you use couscous? It’s so quick and easy to prepare. I usually use it when going camping – but really anytime is a good time for couscous! If you give this recipe a try or make any couscous dish, take a photo, post it on Instagram and tag #getgettys so I can see it and like it! It would be great to get other couscous ideas as well.
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