Apricot Couscous Chicken Salad

Apricot Couscous Chicken Salad

Middle East spices flavor this couscous, apricot and chicken main dish salad.

30 min. prep time
8 servings
252 Ratings



3 tablespoons olive oil
1/3 cup orange juice
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon dried coriander*
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon pepper


1 (5.6-ounce) package toasted pine nuts couscous mix**
3/4 cup chopped dried apricots
3 cups cubed cooked chicken
3 (3/4-ounce) slices Land O Lakes® Deli White American, coarsely chopped
1 medium (1 cup) green bell pepper, chopped
1 small (1/2 cup) onion, chopped
2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint
8 butter lettuce leaves
Fresh mint leaves, if desired


Combine all dressing ingredients in jar or container with tight-fitting lid. Shake well to mix. Set aside.

Prepare couscous mix as directed on package, stirring in chopped apricots with couscous.

Combine couscous mixture and all remaining salad ingredients except lettuce and mint leaves in bowl. Refrigerate 1-4 hours to blend flavors.

Add dressing to couscous mixture. Toss to coat.

Place lettuce leaves onto serving plates; place about 1 cup salad onto each leaf. Garnish with mint leaves, if desired.

*Substitute 1 teaspoon chopped cilantro.

**Substitute 1 (5.6-ounce) package of your favorite flavored couscous mix.

Recipe Tip

- Salad can also be served by lining salad bowl with lettuce leaves and spooning salad mixture on top.

- A fully cooked rotisserie chicken can be purchased at your supermarket for convenience. The slow cooked flavor will enhance this salad and make it even tastier. One chicken yields about 4 cups chicken once it is skinned and boned.

Nutrition Facts (1 serving)

Calories: 290

Fat: 11g

Cholesterol: 50mg

Sodium: 480mg

Carbohydrates: 26g

Dietary Fiber: 2g

Protein: 22g

Recipe #13682©2006Land O'Lakes, Inc.

Recipe Comments & Reviews

Have been trying to find different ideas for couscous!! My Honey LOVES THIS!
The addition of 2 tablespoons of chopped fresh mint could be omitted without losing the overall goodness ofthe salad. A pinch of cinnamon might be used rather than 1/4 teaspoon because the flavour overides the subtleness of the ground coriander and cumin in the dressing.

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