This is a take-off of a pricey deli salad that my family loves. Using ingredients at home, it is much more affordable so we can enjoy it more often. Store salad in the fridge, covered, for up to a week.

Susan
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Ingredients

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

Directions

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  • Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Cook and stir couscous in the hot oil until toasted and fragrant, 3 to 4 minutes. Add 2 1/2 cups water to couscous and bring to a boil; cover skillet and cook until couscous is tender, about 10 minutes. Rinse couscous in a colander with cold water and transfer to a bowl. Mix 1/4 cup olive oil into couscous and stir to coat.

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  • Place lentils in a small pan and cover with water; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer until lentils are tender, 15 to 20 minutes. Drain and rinse lentils under cold water in a colander; add to couscous.

  • Mix tomatoes, cucumber, red bell pepper, cranberries, raisins, red onion, chives, parsley, green onion, and sumac into couscous-lentil mixture.

  • Beat 1/4 cup olive oil, lemon juice, honey, salt, and pepper together in a bowl; pour over couscous-lentil mixture and stir until coated. Refrigerate salad for flavors to blend, 8 hours to overnight.

Cook's Notes:

Sultana can be substituted for the golden raisins.

The sweetness of the dressing is entirely a personal choice. I like it a bit tart and my kids like it a bit sweeter.

Nutrition Facts

560.3 calories; protein 12.7g 26% DV; carbohydrates 82.2g 27% DV; fat 21g 32% DV; cholesterolmg; sodium 42.8mg 2% DV. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
07/01/2015
I submitted this recipe after only making it a couple of times. Since then I have made a few changes that I wanted to share. I don't add oil to the cooked couscous anymore, and I normally use half a can of lentils instead of cooking my own. They seem to add moisture to the mix. Instead of mixing the dressing up first I squeeze the lemons directly over the bowl and pour a couple of glugs of oil and drizzle some honey on top. Just make sure to mix it well. It's nice to eat right away, but we prefer it the next day after the raisins and cranberries plump up. Read More
(14)
22 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 15
  • 4 star values: 7
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Rating: 5 stars
07/01/2015
I submitted this recipe after only making it a couple of times. Since then I have made a few changes that I wanted to share. I don't add oil to the cooked couscous anymore, and I normally use half a can of lentils instead of cooking my own. They seem to add moisture to the mix. Instead of mixing the dressing up first I squeeze the lemons directly over the bowl and pour a couple of glugs of oil and drizzle some honey on top. Just make sure to mix it well. It's nice to eat right away, but we prefer it the next day after the raisins and cranberries plump up. Read More
(14)
Rating: 5 stars
03/19/2015
This screams spring to me! I love all the different contrast of this salad from taste/texture and presentation. I also used canned lentils that I washed and drained. I skipped the oil part after rinsing the couscous; I mean the salad dressing already has oil in it. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
04/12/2015
Delicious as written. Next time I will add cilantro. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/11/2015
I love it! I used canned lentils instead... I added two extra lemons.. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/25/2018
I have made this salad two times and each time it is gobbled up! One the second go around my boys were over and I caught them bragging to their wives about it as they spoon feed them from the open refrigerator door. They couldn't believe that their father could make something so healthy and good! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
07/03/2016
I used chopped dates instead of raisins, delicious! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/24/2020
I substituted kalamata olives for the raisins and craisins and I red onion for the green onion, eliminated the chives, and added 1 tsp. of zaatar spice. It was a huge hit! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
08/17/2018
I entered my kitchen, after being out all day, wondering what I could fix for a quick and light meal. This salad hit the spot ! It is delicious and quick to make. I doubled the lentils for more nutrition. While the couscous and lentils were cooking, I did the chopping of the veggies and made the dressing. There is one thing you need to know, watch the couscous on the stove, cause mine got little bit mushy in 8 minutes. You might need to check yours before the 10 minutes stated in the recipe. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
10/28/2019
It said six but this recipe would easily served 12 happy people. If you don't like sweet cut back on the honey but I was impressed with the recipe as is - in fact I had leftovers for breakfast this morning. YUM! Read More
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