This is a colorful and simple recipe that works as a main dish or a side salad. To simplify, buy a prepared salad topper that contains the nuts and cranberries and enjoy. This is delicious to eat when still warm, as well as when it is chilled. If you prefer it cold, place in the refrigerator for one hour.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
15 mins
total:
30 mins
Servings:
6
Yield:
4 cups
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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
Couscous:
Vinaigrette:

Directions

Instructions Checklist
  • Bring chicken broth to a boil in a saucepan; stir couscous into boiling broth, reduce heat to low, and simmer until couscous is tender, 12 to 15 minutes. Drain couscous of any broth that did not absorb while cooking.

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  • Stir couscous, cranberries, sunflower seed kernels, walnuts, and almonds together in a bowl.

  • Whisk vinegar, syrup, salt, and pepper together in a small bowl; drizzle over couscous mixture and toss to coat.

Cook's Note:

Before boiling, the couscous can first be heated in 2 tablespoons of olive oil on medium-high heat until lightly browned to bring out its nutty flavor.

Two tablespoons of olive oil can be added to the vinaigrette if you prefer.

If you prefer to serve this as a cold side salad, add 1 hour to the prep time for refrigeration.

Nutrition Facts

417 calories; protein 12.2g 24% DV; carbohydrates 66.5g 22% DV; fat 12.3g 19% DV; cholesterol 2mg 1% DV; sodium 224.5mg 9% DV. Full Nutrition

Reviews (8)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
12/19/2014
this recipe was quick and easy and a great blend of flavors. I didn't have chicken broth in the house so I used vegetable broth and it was great. Otherwise I made it as suggested but toasted the almonds before adding them. It was a hit with my husband so I plan to make it again. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
12/23/2014
Too sweet for my palate. The vinaigrette had a nice balance that was lost in the overpowering cranberries.\ Read More
11 Ratings
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  • 4 star values: 1
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Rating: 5 stars
12/18/2014
this recipe was quick and easy and a great blend of flavors. I didn't have chicken broth in the house so I used vegetable broth and it was great. Otherwise I made it as suggested but toasted the almonds before adding them. It was a hit with my husband so I plan to make it again. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/01/2014
This recipe was a real hit at my barbecue. It's a healthy side dish devoid of mayo that can be easily made vegan. The savory mix of sweet and sour and the addition of nuts and seeds as protein make this a keeper. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
12/22/2014
Too sweet for my palate. The vinaigrette had a nice balance that was lost in the overpowering cranberries.\ Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/02/2016
Just delicious! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/06/2016
This recipe is SO delish and simple! It's my new go-to recipe for couscous. I'm returning back to an office job after working from home for 9 years and need easy/healthy/quick/tasty meals. This hits the mark on all points. Thank you to whoever shared this recipe! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
06/30/2020
I made this to pair with the Balsamic Roasted Pork Loin by Melissa S. Both items came out perfect and paired seamlessly. Side note, didn't have sunflower seeds so I used hulled pumpkin seeds. Didn't seem to have any ill effect on flavor. Enjoy!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/31/2014
My local grocery store deli sells this and I thought I'd give it a try. I simplified it some by omitting the broth nuts vinegar and salt the second time around and it tasted just as good. I like it enough that I'm making it a third time for a family get-together very soon. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
12/08/2015
Thought the flavors were be weird for the sauce but they actually weren't bad. I added walnuts dried cranberries and sunflower seeds (that I just happened to have on hand). Cut the couscous down to serving for 2 on back of the box and eyeballed the added ingredients. Made the correct amt. of sauce that recipe called for but didn't use all of it. Read More