Mango Couscous SaladAug 29 2011 by
Lately I’ve been having the breakfast blahs. See, I’m not an oatmeal person. In fact oatmeal really creeps me out. I don’t know if it’s the mushy part or gloopy part or what but it’s just not gonna happen for me. It’s not that I haven’t tried to like oatmeal, I have! I’ve added blueberries, strawberries, peanut butter, all sorts of yummy things to it and I still can’t get myself to eat a bowl. Normally for breakfast I have a smoothie, a granola bar or even some Ezekiel cereal with Homemade Almond Milk. Lately I wake up and although hungry I’m just not excited for breakfast. I’ve always loved couscous and whole wheat couscous is an excellent source of protein. I thought maybe if I paired it with some delicious citrus fruits that it would work well as a breakfast salad. I can’t even begin to tell you what an awesome breakfast this made! The citrus fruits give it a sweet tangy flavor and the couscous is so light and fluffy that it was perfect for breakfast! I liked this salad so much I ended up having some again at lunch and with dinner too!
- 1 1/2 cups water
- 1 cup organic whole wheat couscous
- 1/3 cup fresh orange juice (1 large orange should yield enough juice)
- 1 small lime, juiced
- 1/4 cup thinly sliced scallions
- 1 small tomato, finely diced
- 1/4 cup finely diced mango
- 1/4 orange, peeled and cut into small chunks
- 1 small apricot, finely diced
- 2 tbsp coarsely chopped cilantro
- 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 2 tbsp orange zest
- 1/2 – 1 tsp cayenne pepper
- 1/4 cup sliced almonds
- In a medium saucepan, bring the water to a boil. Add a pinch of salt and the couscous, cover and remove from the heat; fluff with a fork after 10 minutes.
- In a small bowl add orange juice, lime juice, olive oil, orange zest and cayenne pepper. Whisk until blended. Set aside.
- Transfer the couscous to a medium bowl. Add the remaining ingredients and pour dressing over top. Toss gently and ENJOY!
Makes approximately 4 cups.
Serving size 1 cup.
Nutrients per serving: Calories: 266.5, Cal. from Fat: 62, Total Fat: 7g, Sat. Fat: .5g, Carbs: 46g, Fiber: 6g, Sugars: 6.5g, Protein: 9.5g, Sodium: 1mg, Chol: 0mg
Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days.
For a gluten free option replace the couscous with cooked quinoa.