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Monday, July 22, 2013

Couscous Salad with Cranberries, Almonds and Green Beans with Honey Mustard Vinaigrette

At the start of the work week, I try to make a healthy salad to snack on throughout the week. Yesterday, I made a simple grain based salad using Trader Joe's Harvest Blend which includes lentils, quinoa, orzo and Israeli couscous. I love the mix of textures in the blend, and the mix is prepared to cook all of the grains evenly, which could be quite challenging to do on your own. I incorporated almonds for texture and nuttiness, cranberries for sweetness and green beans for color and fiber. I added fresh parsley, garlic and honey mustard vinaigrette to boost flavor. Enjoy!

Couscous Salad with Cranberries, Almonds and Green Beans with Honey Mustard Vinaigrette 


1 package of Trader Joe's Harvest Blend

2 cups cooked green beans 
1 cup slivered toasted almonds
3/4 cup dried cranberries
1/2-1 cup fresh chopped parsley 

Honey Mustard Dressing

2/3 cup olive oil 
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
2-3 tbsp dijon mustard 
2-3 tbsp honey
2 tsp fresh garlic
Pinch salt and pepper 

To prepare salad, cook entire package of grain blend according to package directions. While grains cook, whisk all ingredients together for your dressing. Add or subtract quantities of mustard and honey to taste. Once grains are cooked, toss in a large bowl with beans, cranberries, almonds, parley and dressing (pour slowly until well combined). Serve warm or cooled. 

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