Weight Watchers Recipe of the Day: Citrus Couscous Pistachio Salad
Couscous cooked in orange juice tossed chopped cucumber, dried apricots, scallions and mint, this citrus couscous salad with pistachios is a winner.
Perfect for a light lunch. Or as a tasty side dish beside just about anything.
We enjoyed it with grilled salmon one night and curried turkey meatballs the next.
It’s definitely a light + flavorful vegetarian salad/side dish that I would make all year round.
Watch this video to see how Giada De Laurentiis makes Citrus Couscous Cups:
Skinny on Citrus Couscous Salad with Pistachios
The original recipe called for whole wheat couscous, something I have yet to find in my market, so I substituted plain couscous with good results.
According to my calculations each serving has 116 calories, *3 Weight Watchers PointsPlus, *4 WW Freestyle SmartPoints.
Learn a little more about Weight Watchers Freestyle in this brief video:
- 1/2 cup orange juice
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 3/4 cup couscous
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- 1 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 3/4 cup diced seeded peeled cucumber
- 1/4 cup chopped dried apricots
- 1/4 cup chopped green onions
- 1/4 cup packed fresh mint leaves, chopped
- 3 tablespoons coarsely chopped pistachios
In a small saucepan combine the orange juice, water and salt. Bring to a boil over high heat. Remove from the heat and whisk in the couscous. Cover and let stand for 5 minutes. Fluff the couscous with a fork and then transfer it to a large bowl. Let it cool completely.
In a small bowl whisk together the lemon juice and oil.
To the cooled couscous add the cucumber, apricots, green onion and mint.
Drizzle on the dressing and gently toss to coat.
Sprinkle with pistachios. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
Weight Watchers Points Plus: *3
Weight Watchers Freestyle SmartPoints: *4
Recipe source: 5 Easy Steps to Healthy Cooking: 500 Recipes for Lifelong Wellness by Camilla V. Saulsbury
*PointsPlus® and SmartPoints® calculated by Simple Nourished Living; Not endorsed by Weight Watchers International, Inc. All recipe ingredients except optional items included in determining nutritional estimates. SmartPoints® values calculated WITHOUT Weight Watchers Zero Points fruits and vegetables using the WW Recipe Builder.
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