Couscous and Veggie Salad

Couscous and Veggie Salad

couscous-1112012_960_720Couscous 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.

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Couscous and Veggie Salad
This is an easy to make recipe that will leave your family wanting more all summer long.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine North African
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings
Servings
Ingredients
Course Side Dish
Cuisine North African
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings
Servings
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Cook couscous according to package directions. You'll want them al dente.
  2. Remove from pan and place in a large bowl.
  3. Add olive oil and stir well to keep couscous from sticking together.
  4. Allow to cool to room temperature.
  5. Cut your peeled cucumber into 1/4 inch thick pieces and quarter the slices.
  6. If you haven't already, chop your basil, dice your onion, and quarter your tomatoes.
  7. Add all ingredients to the couscous in the large bowl.
  8. Stir well, cover and place in fridge until cold.
  9. Serve while cold and garnish with a little fresh cilantro.
Recipe Notes

I prefer using a nice, bright vinaigrette like a citrus dill vinaigrette for this. But, ultimately it should be to your taste.

 

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