To boost flavor and nutrition, prepare the whole-grain couscous with orange juice instead of water.

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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Prepare couscous according to package directions. Combine all ingredients; toss. Serve at room temperature or chilled.

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Nutrition Facts

218.2 calories; protein 6g 12% DV; carbohydrates 38g 12% DV; fat 4.9g 8% DV; cholesterolmg; sodium 6mg. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
04/16/2008
Excellent! I did follow the advice of other reviewers (thanks by the way) and used orange juice for the liquid in the couscous. I used 1/4 cup additional orange juice so the couscous wouldn't be dry which was perfect. I also reduced the cumin to 1/2 tsp. and added 1/2 tsp. cinnamon. My husband and I both loved this and are looking forward to leftovers tomorrow. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
07/03/2008
My husband did not like the recipe stated it was bland. However from other couscous recipes I should have used OJ to cook the couscous. This would have added more flavor. I thought it was just pretty good. Read More
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63 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 32
  • 4 star values: 23
  • 3 star values: 7
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
04/16/2008
Excellent! I did follow the advice of other reviewers (thanks by the way) and used orange juice for the liquid in the couscous. I used 1/4 cup additional orange juice so the couscous wouldn't be dry which was perfect. I also reduced the cumin to 1/2 tsp. and added 1/2 tsp. cinnamon. My husband and I both loved this and are looking forward to leftovers tomorrow. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
04/14/2007
This an easy recipe to make ahead for a potluck or buffet. It did turn out a bit dry so I added a little to moisten. You could probably add some fresh squeezed orange juice to moisten as well. I added in some ground cinnamon and I would suggest cutting down on the scallions so the onion flavor isn't as strong. Overall this is an easy fast and healthly salad to make esp. if you use whole wheat couscous. It is very pretty and the textures interplay well. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/21/2011
Simply delicious! Definitely prepare it using orange juice vs. water for more flavor. Like others I cut the amount of cumin down to 1/2 tsp. and added 1/2 tsp. of curry powder. Instead of dried apricots I added an 11 oz. can of mandarin oranges. I did find it to be a bit dry so I did add a little more orange juice. What a quick and easy side dish that tastes like you spent hours! Tastes great room temp. or chilled - Thanks for a great recipe! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/07/2005
i really liked this. it did need some extra raisins and apricots though. serve it warm and if there are leftovers they taste even better the next day. thanks! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
08/07/2008
This is really delicious! I followed the advice of some of the other reviewers and reduced the cumin by half and used OJ instead of water. I think it might benefit from a little more moisture so maybe next time I'll add a little more liquid. Definitely will make it again though. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/16/2007
Whole family (grandma kids hubby)loved this but I did change this a bit. I used pine nuts instead of the almonds and I cooked the nuts on low heat for about 8 min. I also added a mango. I used cumin and Cinnamon and added the juice from 1 whole orange and served it cold the next day! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/13/2008
A very yummy and very simple recipe. I added some diced chicken and used golden raisins instead of the cranberries. It's very easy to make your own variations to this one. I'll definitely make it again! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/31/2006
We LOVED this! I added Craisins and raisins along with the dried apricots and almonds. I also added 1/2 tsp of cinnamon and this was an amazing salad...will definitely make again! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
07/11/2007
I thought this recipe was very good. I used orange juice instead of water to prepare the couscous and deleted the scallions. Also I used sliced almonds instead of the slivered -- as I thought the texture would go better with everything. Very good - cut the recipe in 1/2 if you are cooking for a smaller family - it makes a lot!! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
07/03/2008
My husband did not like the recipe stated it was bland. However from other couscous recipes I should have used OJ to cook the couscous. This would have added more flavor. I thought it was just pretty good. Read More
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