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Spanishy Couscous Salad

Spanishy Couscous Salad

Ingredients (17)

For the dressing:

  • 3/4 cup jarred, roasted, and peeled piquillo or pimento peppers (about 8 ounces), drained
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons sherry vinegar
  • 1 medium garlic clove, peeled
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • Pinch granulated sugar

For the salad:

  • 3 cups dry couscous
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 cup roasted, salted whole almonds, coarsely chopped
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped green Spanish olives
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped yellow onion
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped Italian parsley
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Extra-virgin olive oil, for drizzling (optional)
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Nutritional Information
  • Calories436
  • Fat17.8g
  • Saturated fat1.93g
  • Trans fat0.0g
  • Carbs57.58g
  • Fiber6.8g
  • Sugar1.74g
  • Protein12.63g
  • Cholesterol
  • Sodium480.46mg
  • Nutritional Analysis per serving (8 servings) Powered by

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Couscous can be bland without the help of some big flavor boosters. Here, a quick dressing of piquillo or pimento peppers is blended up with a little vinegar and smoked paprika. Toss in some salted almonds and briny olives and you have a zingy picnic side dish to go with grilled steak and some sangría.

Instructions

For the dressing:
  1. 1Place all of the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth; set aside.

For the salad:

  1. 1Place the couscous in a 13-by-9-inch baking dish; set aside. Place the water in a small saucepan and bring to a boil over high heat. Pour the water over the couscous and stir once to combine. Cover with plastic wrap or a baking sheet and let stand until the water is absorbed, about 5 minutes. Uncover and lightly graze a fork over the surface of the couscous layer by layer until no clumps remain. Transfer to a large bowl.
  2. 2Add the dressing, almonds, olives, onion, parsley, and salt and fold everything in with a rubber spatula to combine. Taste and season with pepper as needed. Refrigerate until ready to serve. Drizzle with olive oil just before serving, if desired.
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