Refreshing Date & Orange Couscous Salad

by Charlie Rioux on January 19, 2011

Good afternoon!

Salads are mostly a summer meal. But they are still yummy (and full of nutrients) during winter and for my late class (4-7 pm) on Wednesdays, I need to bring a lunch.
Two choices: sandwiches and salads.
I do prefer salads ;-).

Citrus fruits are in season and I am currently eating oranges like my life depends on it. This happens every year when cara cara and blood oranges appear at the market. So yummy :-).
So this is why I decided to make a salad with oranges!

Refreshing Date & Orange Couscous Salad

Adaptation of “Couscous aux oranges et aux dates”, Salades pour changer, Marabout chef

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup whole wheat couscous
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 3 oranges (I used navel)
  • 1 big handful baby spinach
  • 1/2 small red onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 medjool dates, pitted and sliced
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • Salt, pepper to taste

Directions: Put couscous in a small saucepan and pour boiling water on top. Cover and let sit 5 minutes.
Meanwhile, juice one orange. Cut the skin off the two other oranges (see note) and coarsely chop them ( 1 to 1 1/2 inches).
Gently fluff the couscous with a fork and transfer to a salad bowl. Add all other ingredients and toss.

Note: in French, we say “peler à vif” http://youtu.be/FJl9lq700sg … anyone knows how to say it in English?

Serves 4

This salad is light-tasting and the oranges are refreshing, with lots of juice :-). It is simple to make and doesn’t take a lot of time. I’ve always loved couscous and, since I began making my own meals, I love it even more since it is ready in no time! Which is not the case of many grains…

I have my first yoga class tonight! Exciting!
I’ll tell you about it on Friday ;-).

{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

Tiffany January 19, 2011 at 7:51 PM

I eat salads year round! And this one looks amazing! I love citrus in my salads!

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Torviewtoronto January 20, 2011 at 12:07 AM

delicious combination healthy salad

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Kate @ Diethood.com January 20, 2011 at 1:57 AM

Charlie, this is an awesome salad! Healthy and tasty – can't go wrong with that combination!

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Laury@TheFitnessDish January 20, 2011 at 2:04 AM

I have been SO obsessed with oranges lately. This salad looks mouth watering! I could go for it right now!!!

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Treat and Trick January 20, 2011 at 2:17 PM

Healthy and yummy salad! Love this combo…

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fashionfitnessfoodie January 20, 2011 at 7:32 PM

I'm starting to get a sore throat and need to start pumping some orange foods into my body!! Good idea to mix it with couscous!

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Get Real Chris January 22, 2011 at 3:18 PM

I am so going to make this salad! I feel the same way about blood oranges this time of year….just can't get enough.

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stampylisa January 27, 2011 at 5:45 PM

i made it last night. yum. i did 1/2 whole wht & 1/2 brown rice couscous (cuz I was almost out of whole wheat-i want to try it w/quinoa next time)-I cooked in part water, and part cranberry apple cider, then added medjools, blood orange, chopped fennel, butter lettuce, and drizzle of ginger grapeseed oil and blood orange balsamic vinegar. I added sea salt, grains of paradise (pepper), and broke up a small handful of walnuts, then sprinkled on hemp seeds for bit more protein. Thanks for sharing this recipe, cuz it made my dinner last night FABULOUS and it's lunch for today too. plus enough leftover for dinner or lunch again tomorrow I think!! (i halved your recip and it still made a lot!)

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Lindsay April 28, 2011 at 6:00 AM

I think dates are the BEST salad topper ever! This salad looks awesome, can't wait to try it!

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