Simply Healthy Family: Winter Fruit, Yogurt and Marmalade Pasta Salad


Winter Fruit, Yogurt and Marmalade Pasta Salad

Today for lunch I had this sweet and super tangy fruit salad along with a few pieces of white cheese. I have to say I feel like I splurged a bit but in reality it took all of 10 minutes to make and was a very simple and healthy treat  lunch. 

“By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by the National Pasta Association and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time.”

Did you know that cous cous is actually a pasta? Similar to orzo, another small pasta that resembles rice, it is in fact pasta. Traditional cous cous is very small and delicate and cooks up in just a few minutes. Israeli cous cous is a bit bigger and resembles small pearls and also cooks up in just a few minutes.  I like to to use Israeli cous cous, which is a bit sturdier as a base for grilled salmon and as a side dish tossed with chopped veggies and olive oil or fruits, nuts and yogurt. 

Apples and pears are plentiful right now and made a wonderful pasta salad tossed with pecans and raisins. A simple dressing of fat free yogurt and Seville Marmalade really made all of the flavors POP 
I used a couscous, orzo and lentil medley for this fruity pasta salad so it was hearty and filling enough or a light lunch. 

This was a big hit with the kids who love rice pudding. When cooked, Israeli cous cous has a similar texture as rice but is not void of nutrients as white rice is. Plenty of natural sweetness going on in this fruit salad and the Seville Orange Marmalade added a definite bitter zing.

Just a few simple ingredients to chop up while the couscous simmers for 8 minutes. 

Pair with your favorite cheese for a perfect light lunch.

You Will Need 
1 apple
1 pear
1 cup chopped pecans
1/2 cup raisins or dried cranberries
1 cup dried Israeli couscous medley
1 1/4 cup water
1 cup plain, fat free yogurt
1 cup Seville Orange Marmalade

Bring a small pot of water to a boil. Immediately add couscous, stir and cover. Turn heat down to low.  Simmer for 8 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool while you chop fruits.

Chop apple and pear, discard seeds. In a small bowl combine yogurt and marmalade.

In a medium size bowl combine all ingredients, toss to coat. 

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  2. The fruit salad looks delightful!

  3. Would never have thought of using couscous in a fruit salad. Looks delicious!

    1. Thank you Trisha. It resembled rice pudding a bit, but better ;)

  4. I love Israeli cous cous and always have a stash of it in my pantry. Your salad looks just my style...and I love that you added dried fruit and nuts to the mix, too.

  5. I love how you've basically turned fruit salad into a meal with the simple addition of couscous! Genius.

  6. This looks like an amazing and special lunch! My kids love couscous so I think this would be a huge hit around here, thank you for the delicious recipe my friend!


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