Captivating Couscous Salad Print Email

1/2 cup currants
1/4 cup orange juice
1/4 cup lemon juice
1/3 cup plus 1 Tbsp. canola oil
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/8 tsp. cayenne pepper
3 cups water
1 1/2 cups couscous
1 large carrot, diced
1 large red bell pepper, seeded and diced
1/2 small red onion, diced
1/4 cup finely chopped fresh parsley

Place the currants, orange juice, lemon juice, 1/3-cup canola oil, salt, cinnamon, and cayenne pepper into a jar with a tight-fitting lid and shake well. Set aside.

Bring the water and 1 TBS canola oil to a boil in a medium saucepan. Stir in the couscous, then remove from the heat, cover, and let stand for about 6 minutes, until the water is absorbed. Transfer the couscous to a large bowl, fluff with a fork, and let cool.

Steam the carrot and bell pepper until they are brightly colored but still crunchy—about 3 minutes. Rinse under cold water to stop the cooking process and add to the couscous.

Add the onion and parsley and stir.

Shake the dressing again, pour it over the couscous mixture, and stir until well blended.

Refrigerate for at least 1 hour and serve cold. Makes 4 servings -