Couscous If Only Style

(Recipe adapted from Chef Kathy Casey)

Ginger Vinaigrette
1 ½ Tbsp White wine Vinegar (use citrus infused OO Vinegar or champagne vinegar for an exquisite taste*)
¾ tsp Dijon mustard (or use my favorite: Dulcet Moroccan Mustard*)
½ tsp ground Coriander
½ tsp fresh Garlic, minced
1 tsp fresh Ginger, minced
1 ½ tsp frozen undiluted Orange Juice concentrate
1/8 tsp Kosher Salt
1-2 pinch each Black Pepper and Red Chili Flakes
3 Tbsp Olive Oil (we have some great olive oils that are superior in dressings*)
To make vinaigrette: in a bowl, whisk together ingredients – except oil. Then whisk in oil slowly, emulsifying dressing. Refrigerate until needed. (I like to use a small food processor or a wand blender to add oil and emulsify the dressing.)

Couscous
1 c Couscous, dry (we have a wonderful couscous available at If Only…*)
1 tsp Kosher Salt
1 tsp Curry Powder
1 Tbsp Olive Oil (we have some great olive oils that are superior in dressings*)
1 c water, boiling
To make couscous: mix dry couscous, salt and curry powder together with olive oil in a medium heat-proof bowl. Bring water to a boil. When water boils, immediately pour it over dry couscous, stir to combine, and cover tightly with plastic wrap. Set aside at room temperature to steam for 10 – 15 minutes. Remove plastic, fluff couscous with a fork and let cool to room temperature.

 

Now let’s add the texture and color to our couscous:
2/3 c Celery, small diced
½ c dried Apricots, small diced
4 Green Onions, thinly sliced
½ c chopped fresh Italian Parsley
¼ c + 2 Tbsp dried Cranberries (use Chukar Cherry North Cove Cranberries-delicious*)
½ c Red-Yellow-Orange Bell Peppers, small diced ½ c sliced Almonds, toasted (low heat in sauté pan till lightly toasted, stir often)

 

In a large bowl, toss cooled couscous with celery, green onion, apricots, cranberries, and peppers. Add ginger vinaigrette and mix until evenly coated. Toss in toasted almonds right before serving.
*available at If Only… a fine store We have a great selection of specialty foods. Enjoy! Georjean
215 Cushman Street, Fairbanks, AK 99701