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Curried Couscous Salad with Bacon

Groovygal

"Finally, a couscous salad that is not bland! This salad is a great addition to your summer meal, or as a lunch any time of year."
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Ingredients

50 m servings 212 cals
Original recipe yields 8 servings

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  1. Place the bacon in a large, deep skillet, and cook over medium-high heat, turning occasionally, until evenly browned, about 10 minutes. Drain the bacon slices on a paper towel-lined plate. When cool, crumble the bacon slices, and set aside.
  2. Drain all but 1 tablespoon of bacon drippings from the skillet, and cook and stir the onion in the skillet until the edges of the onion begin to turn brown. Set the onion aside.
  3. Bring the water to a boil in a saucepan, and sprinkle in the couscous. Remove the pan from the heat, let stand for 5 minutes to absorb the water, then fluff the couscous with a fork. Allow couscous to cool.
  4. Place the onion, cooled couscous, carrot, cucumber, red bell pepper, and garbanzos into a salad bowl, and stir lightly to combine.
  5. In a bowl, whisk together the olive oil, white balsamic vinegar, soy sauce, sugar, curry powder, and salt and pepper until the sugar has dissolved. Pour the dressing over the salad, mix again lightly, and sprinkle with bacon bits.

Footnotes

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  • You can use whatever vegetables you have in the fridge. If you are short on time, you can skip the bacon and onions (although everything is better with bacon) and use green onions instead.

Nutrition Facts


Per Serving: 212 calories; 9.1 g fat; 26.6 g carbohydrates; 5.9 g protein; 5 mg cholesterol; 283 mg sodium. Full nutrition

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I made this for all to bring for lunch as it will keep and not go bad. I did not add the Bacon because the flavor would be bad mixed with the other spices. To keep give it a real protein boost...

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I made this for all to bring for lunch as it will keep and not go bad. I did not add the Bacon because the flavor would be bad mixed with the other spices. To keep give it a real protein boost...

I made this exactly like the recipe (except I always add cumin), and the results were light and textural and very complex flavors.

We thought this was really tasty and different. it might be good with a little garlic added in too.

Loved it! Light and refreshing with wonderful curry flavor! Little less vinegar to my taste. Stevia instead of sugar makes this a more healthy option!

this was very good and simple to make. I used some fresh asparagus instead of the cucumber, because that is what I had in the frig. It was good at room temp. and would be good chilled. Very colo...

Could use more curry powder and think I will add cumin next time. Added jalapeno and cilantro which added a nice flavor.

I didn't have cuckes or chickpeas so omitted them, but added tomatoes and green pepper. Otherwise followed the recipe exactly. Would be delicious warm or cold, as a main dish or side dish. Defin...

Used regular balsamic and left out cucumber (i had none) ate warm. Awesome

Doubled recipe, added a cup of quinoa (pre-cooking) and two avocados. Very tasty. I actually liked it better before adding the bacon. I'm sure it will go over well at the Mother's Day gathering ...