Tested till perfect Watercress and Orange Couscous Salad
Watercress and Orange Couscous Salad
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Watercress and Orange Couscous Salad

Peppery watercress isn't just for tea sandwiches anymore. It makes the perfect salad leaf if you snap off the most tender stalks and leaves to toss with dressing just before serving. Turn this appetizer or side salad into a hearty meal by topping it with a salmon fillet or chicken breast.

By Irene Fong and The Test Kitchen

Source: Canadian Living Magazine: May 2012

Recipe5 out of 5 based on 6 ratings.
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  • Prep time 15 minutes
  • Total time 20 minutes
  • Portion size 4


  • 1/4 cup 1/4cupolive oil
  • 3 tbsp 3tbspred wine vinegar
  • 2 tsp 2tspDijon mustard
  • 2 tsp 2tspliquid honey
  • 1/4 tsp 1/4tspsalt
  • 1/4 tsp 1/4tsppepper
  • 2 2navel orangenavel oranges
  • 1-1/3 cups 1-1/3cupswhole wheat couscous
  • 1 bunch 1bunchwatercress, trimmed
  • 1/4 cup 1/4cupred onionred onions, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup 1/4cupsoft goat cheese
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Whisk together oil, vinegar, mustard, honey, salt and pepper. Set dressing aside.

Cut tops and bottoms off oranges, slice away peel and white pith. Working over bowl, cut between fruit and membranes to release segments into bowl; squeeze juice from remaining membranes into bowl.

Strain juice from oranges into liquid measure. Add enough water to make 1-1/3 cups. Pour into small saucepan and bring to boil.

Place couscous in clean bowl; pour boiling orange juice mixture over couscous and cover with plastic wrap. Let stand until liquid is absorbed, about 5 minutes. Fluff with fork and toss with 1/4 cup of the dressing. Spread in serving dish.

In large bowl, toss together watercress, onion, oranges and remaining dressing. Arrange on couscous. Gently break apart cheese; sprinkle over top.

Nutritional Information Per serving: about

cal 437 pro 13g total fat 18g sat. fat 4g
carb 60g dietary fibre 9g sugar 8g chol 7mg
sodium 245mg potassium 311mg

% RDI:

calcium 9 iron 19 vit A 14 vit C 62
folate 13
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