I had a salad very similar to this back in Ohio at one of the local market's "Salad Bar". It was set up like Whole Foods and I was with a friend and we had fun pursuing the "super salads", seeing which ingredient pairings we liked best. There was a salad that caught my eye, but it had walnuts in it, and since I prefer breathing to gasping for breath, I passed and picked the salad with couscous and cauliflower. I didn't notice much else initially. It looked interesting, was a combination I'd never had, and wow was I surprised. I couldn't get enough. With each bite I was finding more and more depth to this "salad". It was a super-salad, indeed!
So this is my recreation as best as I can get. The original had whole chunks of fennel in it, and I had no idea what their recipe for the dressing was, but this is pretty close to an exact replication as far as I can remember. Even if it's not, my taste-buds are happy when I make it.
As the name I've given it indicates, most all the main ingredients have a common denominator. Couscous. Chickpeas. Cauliflower. Celery. California golden raisins. Clementines. Except for the red onion and the dressing, everything starts with the letter C!
Serve this as a main dish with a side green salad, or serve it as a side salad. Or, bring it to the picnic you're planning for the weekend. It's good chilled or at room temperature.
Super "C" Salad
serves 4 (2 cup portions) main dishes, or 6-8 sides
- 2 cups cooked Israeli couscous (I used whole wheat)
- 1 can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
- 2 cups small/chopped cauliflower florets
- 3/4 cup diced celery
- 1/2 cup packed CA golden raisins
- 3 clementines/cuties (or 1 small orange), segmented and cut into chunks
- 1/3 cup finely diced red onion
- 1/4 cup orange juice
- 1 TBLS olive oil
- 1 tsp crushed garlic
- 3/4 tsp curry
- 3/4 tsp cumin
- 3/4 tsp tarragon
- 1/4 tsp turmeric
- salt and pepper to taste
-- Once couscous is cooked, turn out into a bowl to cool off. Once cool, add chickpeas, cauliflower, celery, raisins, clementine slices, and onion. Mix well.
-- Mix remaining ingredients (minus salt and pepper) in a small bowl and whisk until combined. Pour over salad and stir to incorporate evenly.
-- Taste and season as desired. Serve immediately, or if possible, after the salad has had time to sit a little.