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Colorful Couscous Salad with Chickpeas (Vegan)

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Another one of my warm weather favorites–you can serve it as a side dish but I always eat it as a meal.  The bright flavor of the veggies is offset by the mild beans and couscous and it overall has a very clean taste.  I particularly enjoy the clash of the sweet raisins and the acidic onion.  This makes a pretty big bowl but I have no problem eating the entire batch all by myself within a week, although I sometimes allow Dennis to help me. :)  Tomorrow he’s eating steak for dinner, but I’m gonna be digging into a big plate of this wonderful stuff!  I can’t get enough.

Colorful Couscous Salad with Chickpeas
Printable Recipe

Dressing:
¼ c olive oil
2 T lemon juice
1 T apple cider vinegar
3 t agave nectar or sugar
1 t Dijon mustard
1 t salt

Salad:
2 c couscous (I prefer whole wheat)
2 c cooked chickpeas, chopped
2 carrots, peeled & shredded
1 red pepper, chopped
½ c raisins, soaked in ¼ c hot water
½ c parsley, chopped
½ c red onion, chopped

Whisk the dressing ingredients together in a small bowl and set aside.

Bring 3 cups water to a boil, stir in the couscous, cover, and remove from heat. Let sit 5 minutes, fluff with a fork, and turn into large mixing bowl to cool. Put the remaining salad ingredients into the bowl (including the raisin soaking water), pour the dressing over the top, and stir until combined.  Store in the refrigerator.

 Makes 8 servings.

Nutrition Info (per serving): 336 Calories; 8 g fat; 0 mg cholesterol; 508.2 mg sodium; 58.5 g carb; 6 g fiber; 9 g protein

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About Veronica

I have a kitchen addiction and love to collect & share recipes. My passion is baking but I love to cook as well. The only thing I don't like to do in the kitchen is wash dishes, but my husband generally does them for me in exchange for his dinner.

12 responses »

  1. Beautiful and perfect for me! I’ll be making this one.

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  2. A recent discovery of mine, i love this stuff! great recipe Veronica and wonderful photo, as always.

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  3. Beautiful! I just recently was able to find agave nectar here, I’m excited to use it! I think places are catching on that there’s a whole world of foodies out there and we need ingredients to get our fix on!! lol!

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  4. That salad looks great. Very colorful. I made some cous cous last night with lots of veggies, chicken and shrimp. Yummy!

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  5. That is one good looking salad! I love all the colors in it. This would be perfect for a summer BBQ!

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  6. and you might not know this, but i absolutly love chickpeas… no one else in the house does, so i get them all to myself ;)

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  7. great salad, i love agave and chickpeas..yum

    sweetlife

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  8. Your couscous salad looks great. Since you’ve seen my couscous salad version already you know that I love to eat them. I will have to give yours a try as well, the chickpeas are intriguing me :o)

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  9. Haha, you could have left out the word “vegan”….and it’d still be freaking impressive! But add that word in, and it becomes almost exquisite to me! Because you know I have a hard time veganizing a recipe! This looks gorgeous, and I would love this served at a picnic, or even in a packed lunch. :-)

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  10. Please check your email .The photograph here has been used in a magazine. I am not sure if you had given consent for use. I have emailed you the details and the copy of the magazine page.

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  11. Its very tasty, easy to prepare and has protien.

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