Summer Garden Couscous Salad
- SERVINGS: 4
- 1 3/4 cups couscous (one 10-ounce package)
- 2/3 cup fresh orange juice
- 2 tablespoons distilled white vinegar
- 2 teaspoons brown mustard
- 3/4 teaspoon sugar
- 1 1/2 cups olive oil
- 3 scallions, thinly sliced
- 2 medium carrots, shredded
- 2 kirby cucumbershalved, seeded and finely diced
- 1 medium jalapeño chile, seeded and minced
- Freshly ground black pepper
- In a medium saucepan, combine 2 1/4 cups of water with a pinch of salt and bring to a boil over moderately high heat. Remove from the heat and stir in the couscous. Cover and let stand for 5 minutes. Fluff the couscous with a fork and transfer to a large bowl to cool.
- In a small bowl, whisk together the orange juice, vinegar, mustard and sugar. Whisk in the olive oil in a fine stream. Stir in 1 1/2 teaspoons salt. Pour the dressing over the couscous. Add the scallions, carrots, cucumbers, and jalapeño and toss well. Season with salt and pepper.
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