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The Best Pearl Couscous Mediterranean salad with Dried Cranberries

You will love this “Pearl Couscous Mediterranean salad with dried cranberries” recipe, it’s a family favorite! Once you try the mixture of different textures and flavors in this salad altogether, this will be your to go salad, lunch, or even light supper. You will find yourself making it on repeat, all year round.
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Course: Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine: Mediterranean
Keyword: easy, Quick, summer
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 364kcal
Author: Heidi

Ingredients 

Pearl Couscous

  • 1 ½ cup Pearl Couscous
  • 2 teaspoons Extra virgin olive oil
  • water
  • ½ cup cherry tomatoes  or grape tomatoes
  • ½ cup  Colored Peppers
  • ½ cup Chickpeas
  • ¼  cup Red Onion
  • ¼  cup Kalamata Olives
  • ¼  cup Feta cheese
  • ¼  cup Parsley
  • ½ cup Artichoke
  • ¼ cup silvered Almonds in a pan, toast them in olive oil till it turns a bit golden
  • ¼ cup Dried Cranberries  

Dressing

  • ¼ cup Extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon Oregano
  • 3 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon
  • 2 Garlic cloves minced
  • 1 teaspoon Mustard
  • Salt and Black Pepper to taste

Instructions

Pearl Couscous:

  • Heat 2 teaspoons of olive oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Add pearl couscous toast it for about 2-3 minutes. Add water and bring to a boil for about 8-10 minutes until the couscous is “al dente” (follow the package instructions).
    Drain the couscous and set aside till it cools.

Salad:

  • Add Colored peppers, Chickpeas, Red onion, Kalamata Olives, Parsley, Artichoke, Cherry tomato, Dried Cranberries, silvered almonds and Feta cheese. 

Dressing:

  • Whisk together Olive Oil, Garlic, Oregano, lemon, Salt, Black Pepper, and Mustard. Taste and adjust seasoning as desired
  • Whisking vigorously allows the oil to create a thickened dressing and all the flavors blend together, creating this delicious salad dressing.
  • Pour dressing over the Mediterranean Pearl couscous salad. Stir to combine and Enjoy your salad!

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Notes

  • Store leftover Pearl Couscous Mediterranean salad in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days.
  • Try topping it with grilled chicken or shrimp
  • If Pearl Couscous is not available, you can substitute with regular couscous or orzo
  • For a richer taste, Prepare it, and set it aside for at least 1 hour in the fridge before serving.
  • It’s easy to prepare a night before. It even tastes better when it stays in this lemony herb dressing and absorbs all the flavor.
  •  It works perfect for work or school lunch and parties.

Nutrition

Calories: 364kcal | Carbohydrates: 48g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 6mg | Sodium: 195mg | Potassium: 308mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 393IU | Vitamin C: 28mg | Calcium: 84mg | Iron: 2mg