Updated 03/14/2013 05:00 AM
Recipe: Orange Couscous Salad with Spinach, Oranges, Almonds and Feta Cheese
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0ne 10-ounce box quick cooking plain couscous
2 cups orange juice
3-4 oranges, peeled and cut into bite size pieces
3-4 Tbs orange juice
3-4 Tbs extra virgin olive oil
3-4 cups fresh baby spinach
approx. 3/4 - 1 cup whole roasted, unsalted almonds
approx 1/2 -3/4 cup crumbled feta cheese
Bring 2 cups of orange juice to a boil in a pot on the stovetop.
Just as the orange juice comes to a boil, add the box of couscous, stir that around and, just as it comes back to a boil, turn the heat off and put a lid on top.
Let the couscous sit like that for 5 minutes and, while that's happening, use a knife to peel and cut 3 - 4 oranges into bite size pieces.
Save the sliced end parts of the oranges and squeeze those into a small mixing bowl, add twice as much extra virgin olive oil to that, add a sprinkling of ground cumin and whisk it up.
After the 5 minutes, use a fork to fluff the couscous up a bit and add it to a large mixing bowl right on top of 3-4 cups of baby spinach and let the heat from the couscous wilt the spinach a little bit.
Once the couscous is room temperature, add the oranges, a good handful of roasted, whole unsalted almonds, add the dressing and toss to coat.
Then divide the salad onto individual plates and finish with a sprinkling of crumbled feta cheese.
This would be great served along side simply cooked chicken, pork or seafood.