Lemon-Infused Chicken & Cous Cous Salad
1. Follow the instructions on the back of the box of Near East cous cous. Once cooked, fluff cous cous with a fork and allow it to cool.
2. Rinse the fresh mint, scallions and cherry tomatoes and set aside.
3. On a large wooden cutting board, remove all mint leaves from the stems and finely chop the entire bunch, set aside.
4. Wipe Cutting board clean, and slice each of the cherry tomatoes in half.
5. Slice the bunch of scallions thinly and on a bias and set aside.
6. Using a microplane zester, yield the zest of 2 lemons, place it in a large bowl and set aside.
7. Add 4 Tbsp. of the E.V.O.O. to the bowl, season with salt and pepper to taste (a few dashes of each). Add the shredded chicken and toss to coat.
8. Add the cooled cous cous to the bowl, followed by the halved cherry tomatoes, ½ of the shaved almonds, the chopped mint, the entire package of orange cranberries, 1 cup of the toasted coconut and the scallions. One 4oz log of Goat Cheese (crumbled) is optional at this point.
9. Thoroughly mix the ingredients to incorporate. Finally, sprinkle about ¼ Cup of Sherry Vinegar of the salad and mix again. Chill for 30 minutes and serve with lettuce to garnish.
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