Make Ahead

North by Northwest Couscous Salad

August 28, 2016
1 Rating
Photo by Oat&Sesame
Author Notes

Inspired by a meal at SeaTac International Airport, this salad is light and fresh with pearl couscous, fresh apricots, sweet currants and toasty hazelnuts. The dressing is a subtle lemon and olive oil base and the dish keeps really well for many days worth of happy lunches. —Oat&Sesame

  • Serves 4-6
  • Lemon Dressing
  • ½ tsp lemon zest
  • 2 Tbs fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • ½ tsp Dijon mustard
  • ¼ tsp Kosher salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • Salad
  • 3 Tbs olive oil
  • 1 cup Tri-Color Pearl Couscous
  • ¼ tsp kosher salt
  • 1 cup fresh apricots, chopped (you could use apples, plums, or even dried apricots)
  • 1 cup diced carrots
  • 1 cup diced celery
  • 4 Tbs currants or raisins
  • 1 can -15oz garbanzo beans
  • 1 cup whole hazelnuts, toasted and chopped
  • ⅓ cup diced red onion
  • ½ cup chopped parsley, loosely packed
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7 Reviews

Cara B. September 1, 2018
Substitued dried montgomery no-sugar-added cherries for the apricots. Delicious!
Author Comment
Oat&Sesame September 1, 2018
Thanks Cara! Cherries sound fantastic!
Jimmy June 6, 2018
I can taste a hint of curry in their salad at the airport. What you think?
Jimmy June 6, 2018
It is surely tasty. Will try it at home
Author Comment
Oat&Sesame June 8, 2018
I'm not sure! I only experienced it once in the airport and jotted down some notes!
Amy H. January 11, 2020
There is definitely curry in the salad. Its the main flavor but must be included in the recipe ingredient of "lemon dressing" This is literally my favorite thing to buy when I am at the SeaTac airport. So delicious.
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Oat&Sesame January 11, 2020
I'm going to have to add some curry to the dressing! :)