Couscous salad is a great alternative to traditional pasta salad. Couscous are small balls made of semolina (the same thing most pasta is made from). These little pasta balls originate in North Africa but can be seen in dishes from Sicily to Israel and the Middle East. Traditionally, couscous is topped with a stew of some sort. But, by adding some fresh veggies and herbs along with a bright-flavored vinaigrette, regular couscous become a dish made for hot summer evenings. I prefer to use roasted Israeli couscous. They seem to be a bit larger than the normal brands typically found in grocery stores in the States. They’re easy to make, only requiring about 10 minutes. But, you’ll want to make this dish ahead of time so it can cool before serving.