If you’re the kind of person who equates salad with lettuce and only lettuce, then today’s recipe will be a lovely change of pace for you. If you are the kind of person who adores couscous, then today’s recipe will be one that you must make now. Don’t waste another second. Two friends hosted a Moroccan-themed dinner party, and the side dish requirement needed to be filled. Couscous is a versatile, quick grain that you can make in less than 5 minutes and dress up however you like. Plus, it’s good for you! You can’t go wrong with this one. That’s why you can’t go wrong with this salad.
There’s no lettuce in sight for this salad, but it still has great crunch from flaked almonds, sweetness from plump raisins, warmth from paprika and cumin and brightness from the fresh herbs and orange flavored dressing. The addition of pre-cooked black lentils literally makes this a salad you can put together in 15 minutes. It’s just as good at room temperature as it is hot, and you can eat it as a side dish or a main dish. It’s packed with a variety of ingredients that fill almost every slot for the types of foods you should consume in respectable amounts on a daily basis. How many more reasons do you need to leave your lettuce in the fridge and move on to couscous?
Black Lentil and Couscous Salad – Serves 8 to 10
1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt, plus more as necessary
Zest of 1 orange
Juice of 1/2 orange
3 tablespoons honey
2 cups couscous, cooked
2 cups black lentils, cooked
1/3 cup almond flakes, toasted
1/3 cup raisins
3 tablespoons fresh chopped parsley
2 1/2 tablespoons fresh chopped mint
3 ounces feta cheese, crumbled
1. Whisk together the olive oil, apple cider vinegar, Dijon mustard, cumin, cayenne, paprika, salt, orange zest and juice and honey. Set aside.
2. In a large bowl, mix the remaining ingredients until well incorporated. Drizzle the dressing on top, toss and serve. Season to taste with more salt, if desired.
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