This salad came about because I had ingredients at home that I wanted to use up (mainly the citrus vinegar and small quantities of various dried fruits). I liked it and will definitely make it again because it was really easy to make (minimal cooking and chopping). Next time, I might substitute currants, raisins, dried apricots, or dried peaches for some or all of the dried fruits listed below. Also, it stayed good for a few days in the fridge (meaning I didn’t have to make lunch…always a good thing!)
Ingredients1 box (8 oz) Israeli (or pearl) cous cous (I use the one from Trader Joe’s) 1/2 cup citrus vinegar (I used Trader Joe’s Orange Muscat Champagne Vinegar) 1/4 cup dried cranberries 1/4 cup dried blueberries 1/4 cup dried elderberries 1 cup walnuts, chopped 1.5 tsp salt 4 clementines, peeled 1/4 tsp ground black pepper 2 tbsp fresh mint, chopped fine
1. Boil the cous cous as per box instructions.
2. While warm, mix everything in. Refrigerate until ready to serve.