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:
Citrus Couscous Salad with Pistachios
- 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.
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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