If you're looking for an interesting recipe for a holiday luncheon or something to make ahead of time for a weekday work lunch, this salad has a wonderful combination of flavors.
This recipe calls for couscous, but I prefer to change it up a bit and use quinoa (pronounced keen-wah), a highly nutritious South American seed that is perfect for those that are gluten intolerant. Quinoa is rich in protein. In fact, it contains all of the essential amino acids. It is plentiful in fiber, phosphorus, magesium and iron. Although quinoa is a seed, it looks like and cooks like a grain. Make sure to rinse it well prior to cooking, if it doesn't already come pre-rinsed, to remove a bitter residue that coats the seeds.
Makes about 8 1-cup servings.
1.5 cups dry whole wheat couscous (I prefer to use quinoa.)
2 cups boiling water
3-4 green onions, finely chopped, including tops
1 red bell pepper, seeded and finely diced
1 carrot, grated
1-2 cups finely shredded red cabbage
0.5 cup finely chopped fresh parsley
0.5 cup golden raisins or chopped dried apricots
the juice of 1 lemon
0.25 cup seasoned rice vinegar
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 teaspoon curry powder
1.5 teaspoons salt
In a large bowl, combine couscous and boiling water. Stir to mix, then cover and let stand until all the water has been absorbed, 5-10 minutes. Fluff with a fork.
Add green onions, bell pepper, carrot, cabbage, parsley, and raisins or apricots.
In a small bowl, mix lemon juice, vinegar, oil, curry powder and salt. Add to salad and toss to mix. Serve at room temperature or chilled.
This recipe is from Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine's 21-Day Vegan Kick Start Program.
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