Strawberries are in season

Try this Strawberry Avocado Couscous Salad with Lime Vinaigrette

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Enjoy the great taste of fresh, heart-healthy strawberries.

Delicious strawberries are in season, and their color is a great indicator of how nutritious they are. Strawberries are packed with phytonutrients: terpenoids, ellagitannins, anthocyanins, flavonols and phenolic acids.

Try this recipe — featured in Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Sue Ryskamp’s recent U-M CVC Nutritious Is Delicious food demo — and start enjoying this amazing fruit right now! Added bonus: only 46 calories per cup!

Strawberry Avocado Couscous Salad with Lime Vinaigrette


  • 1 cup couscous
  • 1 avocado, halved, seeded, peeled and diced
  • ½ cup corn kernels
  • ½ cup strawberries, quartered
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
  • 2 tablespoons pine nuts

Lime Vinaigrette

  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • Zest of 1 lime
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 2 teaspoons sugar


  • To make the vinaigrette, whisk together olive oil, apple cider vinegar, lime zest and juice, and sugar in bowl; set aside.
  • In a medium saucepan, cook couscous according to package instructions.
  • In a large bowl, combine couscous, avocado, corn, strawberries, cilantro and pine nuts. Stir in vinaigrette.
  • Serve immediately and enjoy the delicious flavors of this heart-healthy recipe!

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