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Swap Out Your Salad

If you’re the kind of person who equates salad with lettuce and only lettuce, then today’s recipe will be a lovely change of pace for you. If you are the kind of person who adores couscous, then today’s recipe will be one that you must make now. Don’t waste another second. Two friends hosted a Moroccan-themed dinner party, and the side dish requirement needed to be filled. Couscous is a versatile, quick grain that you can make in less than 5 minutes and dress up however you like. Plus, it’s good for you! You can’t go wrong with this one. That’s why you can’t go wrong with this salad.

There’s no lettuce in sight for this salad, but it still has great crunch from flaked almonds, sweetness from plump raisins, warmth from paprika and cumin and brightness from the fresh herbs and orange flavored dressing. The addition of pre-cooked black lentils literally makes this a salad you can put together in 15 minutes. It’s just as good at room temperature as it is hot, and you can eat it as a side dish or a main dish. It’s packed with a variety of ingredients that fill almost every slot for the types of foods you should consume in respectable amounts on a daily basis. How many more reasons do you need to leave your lettuce in the fridge and move on to couscous?

Black Lentil and Couscous Salad – Serves 8 to 10
1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt, plus more as necessary
Zest of 1 orange
Juice of 1/2 orange
3 tablespoons honey
2 cups couscous, cooked
2 cups black lentils, cooked
1/3 cup almond flakes, toasted
1/3 cup raisins
3 tablespoons fresh chopped parsley
2 1/2 tablespoons fresh chopped mint
3 ounces feta cheese, crumbled

1. Whisk together the olive oil, apple cider vinegar, Dijon mustard, cumin, cayenne, paprika, salt, orange zest and juice and honey. Set aside.

2. In a large bowl, mix the remaining ingredients until well incorporated. Drizzle the dressing on top, toss and serve. Season to taste with more salt, if desired.

Click HERE for the printable recipe.


37 thoughts on “Swap Out Your Salad

  1. Any variety of lentil should work just perfectly for this recipe. No doubt, there is room to experiment!

  2. I want to make this but I do not know the difference between black lentils and orange lentils. Can I use the orange ones? That is all, I seem to be able to get, around my neighborhood.

    This is a good sub for our regular salads.

  3. A delighted summer’s salad!! I so love alternative & good for you salads, like this tasty one!


  4. Great salad! I love variations on the traditional green mix. Such a delicious combination of tasty ingredients. I’m always looking for new salads to bring for lunch during the week and this one is perfect.

  5. We made the dressing lastnight. It is great on a salad! (I know that wasn’t the point) I just doubled the amount of oil. I have been looking for another dressing recipe. You guys are awesome!

  6. Love couscous salads, particularly because they are a snap to make. Never thought of adding black lentils to them, but now I definitely will! πŸ˜‰

  7. I love grainy salads like this so feeling and delicious. I haven’t made a couscous one in a while and this sounds about perfect. Thanks for the intro. I love Moroccan flavors.

  8. I love that. In the picture, I thought they were black beans first. This is an ideal swap for the ordinary salad, great suggestion.

  9. Beautiful! I love couscous salads but yours is better than any I’ve ever made. Mmmm black lentils! Everything makes this some spectacular salad!

  10. It’s funny because I had NO idea what almond flakes were when they were called in another recipe. Now I know. πŸ™‚ Looks delicious. I love couscous salad and I bet this would also be yummy with quinoa instead of the couscous.

  11. Thanks for not giving up on us while we were gone! We love couscous and are usually lazy and just use the kind that comes in a box (bad, I know!). I am intrigued by the black lentils, honey & orange – three things I’ve never seen in couscous. Definitely bookmarking!

  12. I’m thinking you could swap quinoa for the couscous (especially since I have a bunch of quinoa in the pantry). Sounds like a great salad to me!

  13. For a second I thought that was quinoa! You had me all excited! That said, LOVING this recipe. Kind of want to make it this weekend. πŸ™‚

  14. This looks fabulous!! We’re doing lots of “salads” with feta over at WANM this month! I’ve got a great recipe that puts couscous in a stuffed pepper and I can’t wait to make it… This salad is totally beautiful πŸ™‚

  15. I love grain salads like this…they definitely make for the best lunches. And to think…I have a whole container full of black lentils sitting here…

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