For the salad

  • 180g Couscous
  • 300ml Vegetable stock
  • 1 Red pepper, deseeded and diced
  • 6 Spring onions, sliced
  • A handful of parsley, chopped
  • 50g Dried cranberries, chopped
  • 25g Butter
  • 75g Pecans
  • 25g Brown sugar

For the dressing

  • 1 ½tbsp Balsamic vinegar
  • 1tbsp White wine vinegar
  • 1tsp Caster sugar
  • 1tsp Dijon mustard
  • 6tbsp Olive oil


  • STEP 1

    Measure the couscous into a bowl. Pour over the hot stock, stir, then cover with Clingfilm and leave to soak for 20 minutes.

  • STEP 2

    Fluff up with a fork. Add the peppers, spring onion, parsley, cranberries and season.

  • STEP 3

    Mix all of the dressing ingredients together and pour over the couscous.

  • STEP 4

    Melt the butter in a small frying pan. Add the pecans and sprinkle over the sugar, cook over a fairly high heat and caramelise the nuts.

  • STEP 5

    Tip out of the pan, spread out and leave to cool, then roughly chop. Add to the salad and mix together.

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