I have another side dish recipe, that I adore and make very often. It's very flavorful, refreshing, a little chewy and a little bit crunchy. It's a great and different side dish that will impress everybody! Unfortunately I did not come up with it on my own... I kind of took my inspiration from Giada, added my little touch, and serve to my guests as my own! I always make a little bit more than needed for dinner and take it for lunch the next day. Yes, it's that good! Here is the recipe:
* 1 1/2 cups Israeli couscous
* 4 cups chicken (or vegetable) broth
* 1 apple, finely chopped
* 3/4 cup dried cranberries
* 3/4 cup toasted, slivered almonds
* 1 tbsp olive oil
* 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
* 1/4 cup olive oil
* 3 tbsp agave nectar (or honey)
* 1 tbsp chopped fresh rosemary
* 1 tbsp chopped fresh thyme
* 1 tbsp chopped fresh mint
* salt and pepper
1. In a pot, heat the olive oil, and couscous and toast for 5 minutes (stirring constantly) until golden brown.
2. Add the broth (stand back, because the couscous is super hot and might splash the broth!) and cook for 10-15 minutes until couscous is al dente.
3. In a meantime, in a deep bowl whisk together apple cider vinegar, olive oil, agave nectar, herbs, salt, and pepper. Add chopped apples, cranberries, and slivered almonds.
4. Drain couscous, let it cool for 5 minutes and add to the salad. Mix everything together and refrigerate for minimum 30 minutes before serving.
Sweet, tangy, crunchy, and refreshing. One of my favorite side salads, which is a great substitute for plain old rice. You can pair it with any meat or you can just enjoy it by itself, it works both ways!