This is yet another great side dish to serve with any kind of protein. It will go really well with burgers, hot dogs, steaks and fish.
I made it with some grilled chicken. I used the harvest grain blend from Trader Joes which includes a few different grains including Israeli couscous.
I kept it simple with dried cranberries and pecans.
I made a quick orange dressing with fresh orange juice, orange zest, white wine vinegar and extra virgin olive oil. I mixed the yummy dressing into the cooked couscous blend and I had a delicious and healthy side dish.
My daughter didn’t care for the cranberries and nuts- so I took them out for her and she ate the grains. I made a simple green salad on the side and we had a light and delicious meal.
- 1¼ cups Israeli couscous (I used a pack of Harvest grains blend including: Israeli couscous, orzo, baby garbanzo beans, and red quinoa from Trader Joes)
- 1¾ cups chicken or vegetable broth
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
Cook the couscous according to package instructions. Fluff with fork once it is cooked and keep aside.
- 1 cup dried cranberries
- 1 cup pecans
- ¼ cup fresh orange juice
- Zest of an orange
- 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 1 teaspoon white wine vinegar
Add the orange juice to a small bowl. Add the zest, vinegar and drizzle the olive oil whisking vigorously to emulsify the mixture. Add salt and pepper and taste for seasonings.
Place the cooked couscous into a serving bowl. Add the dressing, cranberries and pecans. Mix well and taste for seasonings before serving.