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Turkey Couscous with Dried Fruit and Pine Nuts

Total Time
24 min
Prep
17 min
Cook
7 min
Serves
6
Difficulty
Easy
This tasty couscous salad of smoked turkey, currants, dates, and grapes, drizzled with a honey-balsamic vinaigrette, is full of great flavor and texture.
Ingredients

reduced-sodium chicken broth

2 cup(s)

uncooked couscous

1 cup(s), plain variety

unsweetened orange juice

3 Tbsp

balsamic vinegar

2 Tbsp

olive oil

1 Tbsp

honey

1 tsp

Dijon mustard

1 tsp

table salt

½ tsp

ground cumin

¼ tsp

smoked turkey breast

½ pound(s), cut into 1/2 inch cubes

grapes

1 cup(s), seedless red variety

uncooked red onion(s)

1 medium, finely chopped

fresh currants

cup(s)

date(s)

10 item(s), pitted and chopped

pine nuts

¼ cup(s)

fresh parsley

3 Tbsp, flat-leaf, chopped

Instructions

  1. Bring the broth to a boil in a medium saucepan; stir in the couscous. Cover and remove from the heat; let stand 5 minutes. Gently fluff the couscous with a fork and transfer to a bowl. Let cool slightly.
  2. Meanwhile, whisk together the orange juice, vinegar, oil, honey, mustard, salt, and cumin in a small bowl. Blend the orange-juice mixture into the couscous.
  3. Add the turkey, grapes, onion, currants, dates, pine nuts, and parsley to the couscous mixture; toss well to combine. Serve at once while still warm. Yields generous 1 cup per serving.
Notes
If you’d like to make this salad ahead and serve it cold, toss the cooked couscous with the orange-juice mixture and refrigerate until chilled. Add the turkey and the remaining ingredients just before serving.Be as creative as you like by using your own favorite dried fruits—dried cranberries, chopped dried apricots, or figs work well.

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