This recipe is great hot or cold. I invented it in grad school when I had no time to cook. It's a quick and easy one dish recipe. I use it as a side dish for nice meals or a full meal for lunch. You can make it in 5 minutes or less and eat immediately. For extra protein you can add chicken breast.

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Ingredients

2
Original recipe yields 2 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Place the couscous and cranberries in a heatproof bowl. Pour in the boiling water, and stir with a fork. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap, and set aside 5 to 10 minutes.

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  • Fluff the couscous with a fork, and fold in the cucumber and feta cheese. Season to taste with balsamic vinaigrette and salt.

Nutrition Facts

215.9 calories; 5.3 g protein; 41.5 g carbohydrates; 8.4 mg cholesterol; 170.1 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
06/07/2008
This was delicious and very flavorful! I tripled it and used whole wheat couscous and reduced fat feta. I ate it warm for lunch and served it cold for a side at a BBQ. Perfect both ways. I didn't have dressing so I just did 2 parts olive oil to like 1.5 parts balsamic vinegar and a couple cloves of minced garlic. This was pretty garlicky so I wouldn't suggest you doing that unless you don't have dressing:) Thanks for a truly great recipe this will be a staple this summer. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
08/14/2008
overall I enjoyed this dish. The combination of feta and cranberries is wonderful however I did not care for the balsamic dressing. Next time i may try some olive oil and maybe a splash of lemon instead of the balsamic Read More
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76 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 41
  • 4 star values: 18
  • 3 star values: 8
  • 2 star values: 5
  • 1 star values: 4
Rating: 5 stars
06/07/2008
This was delicious and very flavorful! I tripled it and used whole wheat couscous and reduced fat feta. I ate it warm for lunch and served it cold for a side at a BBQ. Perfect both ways. I didn't have dressing so I just did 2 parts olive oil to like 1.5 parts balsamic vinegar and a couple cloves of minced garlic. This was pretty garlicky so I wouldn't suggest you doing that unless you don't have dressing:) Thanks for a truly great recipe this will be a staple this summer. Read More
(21)
Rating: 3 stars
08/14/2008
overall I enjoyed this dish. The combination of feta and cranberries is wonderful however I did not care for the balsamic dressing. Next time i may try some olive oil and maybe a splash of lemon instead of the balsamic Read More
(15)
Rating: 5 stars
08/13/2009
Very wonderful flavor. You need to cut the water in half though it should be a 1:1 ratio between cous cous and water even with the dried cranberries. Also I subbed cropped spinach for cucumbers and it was delicious. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/04/2009
Delicious!! I used Trader Joe's Harvest Grains blend with Israeli couscous orzo baby garbanzos and red quinoa. I added walnuts for a little more protein and used just a splash of olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
11/30/2010
This was a really nice side dish to have with some chicken. Next time I will add a bit more balsamic and serve it alongside a lamb main as I think the flavours would meld together nicely. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/17/2009
Delicious super easy and colorful. Made about 6 times the recipe with one large cucumber. That was enough cuke for us. Used fat free feta (about 8 oz.) and 3T lemon infused olive oil and 1T pomegranate balsamic vinegar. The pomegranate blended with the cranberry and the lemon gave it a punch. Added 1/2 cup toasted pecans for crunch. Will be on my "make again" list. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
08/16/2010
Tasty! My balsamic vinaigrette recipe called for basil but I used mint instead. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
07/18/2008
Ths is a "first cousin" to the classic Tabouleh... Excellent. I added some chopped walnuts and a little lemon juice. Great side dish for moorish style chicken kebabs! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/12/2010
So great and so easy. I didn't have cucumbers so I used edemame to give it a little protein. Very good! Read More
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