Cherry Apple Avocado Salad With a Couscous Crunch

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I finally went to the grocery store yesterday and picked up fresh produce. I want to start making more salads at home rather than dining out all the time. I bought new dressings and more ingredients for the salad fixes. Plus making salads is quick, involves less clean up, and they’re filling. Today for lunch, I made a apple cherry avocado salad . I had been looking for a new “crunch” for my salads and started playing around with different ingredients. I can’t wait for you to try this salad and experience the new crunch!

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Ingredients: *4 Cups Spring Mix Lettuce, *2 Tablespoons of Salad Dressing, *5-7 fresh cherries pitted and diced, *1/2 small apple, *1/2 medium avocado, *1/2 medium cucumber, and *1/4 cup uncooked couscous.

Since I’m adding fruit to the salad, I chose a neutral vinaigrette dressing. You don’t want anything too savory with the mixture of fruit. I couldn’t imagine biting into a cherry dipped in ranch. Raspberry vinaigrette, honey mustard, and red wine vinaigrette are great options.

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Wash the cucumber and add it to the salad before the avocado and before you add the dressing.

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You can add more vegetables into your salad like radishes, carrots, zucchini, broccoli, onions, or bell peppers.

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Add the two tablespoons of dressing and toss the cucumber and lettuce.

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Top the dressed salad with avocado, apples, cherries, and uncooked couscous. Not only does the couscous look absolutely adorable on the salad, but it gives it a healthy crunch. They kind of taste like ramen noodles before they’re cooked. It’s just a healthier alternative to croutons.

Comments

  • jacki

    delishious!

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  • Sila

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  • Sandra

    Hi Taralynn,

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    I nominated you because I have been reading your blog and you seem to have a lot of the same views about food and eating that I do. I also think your blog is a great resource for other home cooks.

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  • Katie

    I know this salad doesn’t have chicken, but when you put chicken on salads I know you have said you like it cold. How do you cook and store it? Also, I think Taralynn probably knows that it is possible to make your own salad dressing, but sometimes when living a healthy lifestyle we need to cut corners somewhere to make time for other parts of our lives! Keep doin what you do girl, I love it!!

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  • Kit-Kat

    I love couscous! I’ve never ever tried it uncooked before, so I’m going to give this recipe a go! 😀

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  • Tiffany

    When I put fruits on my salads I add Greek yogurt instead of dressing.

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  • Livi @ Eat, Pray, Work It Out

    I love adding fruit to a summer salad for some fun extra flavor!

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  • Vicky

    This looks amazing, will definitely be trying this out!

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  • Erin

    it really surprises me that you purchase bottled salad dressing instead of making your own. it’s super easy! all you need is a blender, an acid (vinegar), a fat (olive oil, bacon fat, avocado oil, coconut oil), an emulsifier (mustard, raw egg yolk), kosher salt, freshly ground pepper, a bit of sweetener, and whatever else you want! It’s best to use room temperature ingredients. Add all ingredients to a blender except the oil, then blend for a few seconds. While the blender is still running, slowly drizzle in whatever fat you use. Perfect dressing every time and takes just seconds. No soybean/canola oils and no stabilizers or thickeners. delicious! 🙂

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  • Sara

    That looks awesome!!!! Dinner tonight. Couscous is a great alternative to the yummy ramen crunch. You amaze me sister!!!! I love my shirts too. I have them all lol. Couldn’t resist

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  • Jamie @ ThatDoctorGirl

    Nice idea for a crunch!

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  • Linda @ Fit Fed and Happy

    That last photo…it just looks so delectable I can’t believe it.

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