Fun, fresh, healthy salad

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This smart salad offers a new twist on a popular food.

This smart salad offers a new twist on a popular food.

A big help in putting your family meals, parties and cookouts on the fast track to fun, easy entertaining can be couscous, a tiny pasta that cooks in just five minutes.

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Original, whole wheat and tri-color couscous is available from RiceSelect. This versatile ingredient can be excellent in side dishes, entrées and salads such as this:

Confetti Couscous Salad
Yield: 4 servings
1 cup water
1 cup RiceSelect Couscous
½ cup celery, chopped
½ cup carrots, shredded
¼ cup green onions, finely sliced
½ cup dried cranberries
¼ cup sliced almonds
¼ cup balsamic vinaigrette (or favorite salad dressing)

In saucepan, bring water to a boil. Stir in couscous; cover and remove from the heat. Let stand for 5 minutes. Fluff with a fork; cool. When couscous has cooled, combine with all remaining ingredients except for almonds. Mix well; chill until ready to serve. Add almonds just before serving.

For further facts, tips and recipes, go to www.riceselect.com. North American Precis Syndicate

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