I've been experimenting with some different ingredients this summer as I'm trying some new salads. Last week it was quinoa and today I'm using couscous. I really hadn't realized how easy this is to use - it cooks up in 5 minutes and since I used vegetable broth as a base, it is also a great vegetarian dish. This particular couscous is tri-colored which added some fun!
And while I did not photograph the final product, it was topped with feta cheese. We found this recipe to be quite refreshing and tasty. I think it would look cute in a canning jar and brought along on a picnic!
Mediterranean Couscous Salad
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Ingredients (serves 4)
- 2 cups vegetable broth (or chicken)
- 1 ½ cup couscous (I used tri color)
- 2 plum tomatoes seeded and diced
- 1 cup diced cucumber (unpeeled)
- 1/2 cup diced Kalamata olives
- 2 green onions sliced thin
- 3 T chopped fresh dill
- feta cheese for topping
- 1/2 cup olive oil
- 3 T fresh lemon juice
- 1 T minced shallot
- 1/2 t sugar
- 1/2 T ground stone mustard (or Dijon)
1. Prepare couscous as directed on package using broth instead of water – I ended up only using 3 cups as you might want to adjust your ingredients – I had leftovers
2. Combine the cooled couscous along with the tomatoes, cucumber, olives, green onion and dill in a bowl
3. Make the vinaigrette by combining all the ingredients minus the olive oil in a food processor, slowly add the olive oil until well combined. Toss with other couscous salad and refrigerate at least 45 minutes.
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