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Mediterranean Couscous Soy Salad

 

Anne G. Patterson, R.D.

 

Yield: 8 servings

Portion size: ¾ cup

 

Ingredients                                                                    Quantity

 

Dressing Ingredients:

Orange juice                                                                 ¼ cup

White wine vinegar                                                       ¼ cup

Olive oil                                                                        2 tablespoons

Dijon-style mustard                                                       1 tablespoon

Ground cinnamon                                                         ½ teaspoon

Cayenne pepper                                                           ¼ teaspoon

 

Green vegetable soybeans, fresh                               8 ounces

Olive oil                                                                        1 tablespoon

Carrots, finely diced                                                      ½ cup

Yellow onion, finely diced                                             1 cup

Garlic clove, minced                                                     1         

Water                                                                           2 cups

Salt                                                                              dash    

Dry couscous                                                               1-½ cups (1-10 ounce box)

Mint leaves, cut in thin strips                                          ¼ cup

 

  • For dressing: In medium bowl, whisk together all dressing ingredients; set aside.
  • In a 2 or 3-quart pan, heat water and salt to a boil.  Stir in couscous, cover pan, and remove from heat and let stand five minutes. 
  • In a 3 quart pan fill half with water and heat to a boil, toss in fresh whole soybeans and boil for 5 minutes. Remove from water and allow cooling until you can handle them. They will be easy to shell after boiling. 
  • In a large non-stick skillet, heat 1 tablespoon of oil over medium heat. Add diced carrot, onion and garlic and cook another five minutes or until vegetables are tender crisp.
  • Fluff couscous with fork and pour into a large bowl. Whisk dressing to re-blend and add it along with the mint and all the vegetables to the couscous. Mix well.  Salad may be served immediately while warm or may be covered and refrigerated up to 24 hours and served cold.  

 


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