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#31 JoNorvelleWalker

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Posted 01 May 2015 - 09:50 AM

Can you make some kind of cold salad using couscous?  I have a few salads made with cold cooked quinoa.   I don't like cold rice or pasta salads, but many folks do.  Perhaps couscous can work this way also.

 

I was planning to try reheating the couscous but a cold salad might work.



#32 SLB

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Posted 02 May 2015 - 08:27 AM

I don't love cold couscous, although I find it satisfying enough if it's allowed to get to room temperature (I assume we're talking about leftovers, here).  That's true with other pasta salads, too.  

 

With grains like quinoa or barley or, my very favorite grain for salads, farro, I actually like to warm everything up a little bit before I eat it.  The grains dry out more quickly than the pastas, and I find dried-out grains really unpleasant.  Honestly, I like all my pasta- or grain-based salads a little warm.

 

I won't go near a cold rice salad (again, I'm talking about leftovers -- I can totally deal with cooled rice that was just-cooked).  In fact, rice-based salads is the one thing that I can't handle as a leftover at all.  I have to fry it.