Mediterranean Couscous Salad

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Mediterranean Couscous Salad
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Couscous...the food so nice they named it twice.

I am crushing hard on this Mediterranean couscous salad at the moment and for good reason.

Anyone else attending potlucks on the regular this summer? At least once a week I find myself asking the question “what can I bring?” The main course is easy. A good marinated chicken or a couple of steaks on the grill with salt and pepper and dinner is nearly done, but the side dishes are where I get stuck.

Mediterranean Couscous Salad

It's not uncommon to see me meandering up and down the isles at the grocery store looking for side dish inspiration. Unfortunately, I find that this type of grocery shopping is neither efficient nor effective, because I generally end up over buying (again) and fail to come out with anything dinner party worthy.

Thanks to this awesome couscous dish, however, those shopping frustrations are a thing of the past. But, before I move on to the recipe, I'm going to share few tips to make your summer party cooking a little easier.

Tips for shopping for a single recipe:

  1. Research your recipe ahead of time.
  2. Know how many you’re shopping for and do the ingredient math ahead of time.
  3. Know your store so you can get in and out.

The first two are no brainers, but that third one can get anyone hung up. Have you ever sent your partner to the store for a single lemon and waited a full hour for them to return only for them to bring back a lime? Please tell me I’m not the only one.

For all the above reasons Fred Meyer’s app is a stroke of genius. You scan ingredients you regularly use with the barcode scanner in the app, which are then added to your grocery list. And then...wait for it...IT TELLS YOU WHERE IT'S AT IN THE STORE! Imagine what you could do with all the time you’re going to save. The app also offers all coupons digitally, allowing you to build allowing you to build your shopping list or digital cart with money saving in mind.

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So, now that I’ve made your shopping crazy easy, let's get back to this incredible couscous salad. Pearl or Israeli couscous has quickly become one of my favorite grains to use in salads, especially for summer dining.  It’s not quite a rice and not quite a pasta, but it packs a punch when it comes to texture and is delightful with a zesty dressing (like the one used in this salad).

All the fresh tomatoes and cucumbers popping up everywhere are put to good use in this dish, and with the  high temps taking you out of the kitchen, the only thing you’ll have to cook is the couscous itself. Cooked more like a pasta than a rice, this magical little grain can be cooked in 10 minutes and then tossed with warm water to avoid clumping. Once cooled, just add the olive oil, tomatoes, feta, onions, and other fresh ingredients and toss with our extra lemony Mediterranean dressing and you’re ready for a party!  

Mediterranean Couscous Salad

Looking for complete meal inspiration? Here are a few things that go well with this salad:

Classic Creamy Hummus

Grilled Chicken Shawarma Kabobs

Mediterranean Wedge Salad

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Mediterranean Couscous Salad

Serves 6

Ingredients

2 cups dried pearl couscous, prepared according to package instructions
4 oz feta
1/2 cup Private Selection Greek Olive Mix
1 english cucumber
1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
1/2 cup pepperoncinis (optional)
1/2 small red onion, thinly sliced
1/4 cup fresh parsley, minced

Mediterranean Salad Dressing

1/4 cup Simple Truth olive oil
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
1 tbsp Simple Truth Organic oregano
1 lemon, zest and juice
3 garlic cloves, minced
1/4 tsp pepper
1/2 tsp salt

Method

  1. In a small bowl combine all ingredients for the salad dressing. Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a week.
  2. Before using couscous, allow to cool completely, rinse in warm water to separate couscous and toss with all prepared ingredients.