Recipe: Pineapple Couscous Salad

Sensei offers a recipe for Pineapple Couscous Salad; you can even make it vegetarian!

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Pineapple Couscous Salad


Pineapple Couscous Salad

This is an anytime-of-the-year dish that you can serve hot or cold (refrigerate at least 30 minutes), as a main dish, or remove the meat to make it vegetarian. Experiment with the ingredients and create your own special recipe. Try the recipe with shrimp or chicken or substitute mango or papaya for the pineapple. You can also get creative with the veggies, just about anything fresh (like cucumbers, mushrooms or tomatoes) goes.

Afraid of pasta? At Sensei it’s not the carb count that we focus on, it’s the carb quality. This recipe is full of whole grains, fruits and vegetables which add fiber and heart healthy (and disease fighting) antioxidants and phytochemicals.

2 c couscous, cooked (whole wheat)
½ lb lean deli ham or cooked turkey, cubed
2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 c pineapple, chopped
1 clove garlic, finely chopped
½ c green onions, sliced
½ c sweet red pepper, chopped
2 Tbsp lime juice
½ tsp chili paste
1 tsp salt

Cook couscous as directed. Drain pineapple if using canned and chop into bite sized pieces. Prepare the garlic, ham, green onions and peppers. Warm oil in a pan over medium heat and sauté ham, onions, peppers and garlic for 5-7 minutes or until peppers become soft. Next, combine all ingredients in a medium sized bowl and mix well. Taste and adjust seasonings.

Servings: 4
Serving Size: 1 ½ cups
Calories: 271
Carbohydrates: 26 g
Protein: 18 g
Fat: 11 g

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cooking Time: 10-15 minutes

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