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Couscous Salad

  • Category: Salad, Side Dish
  • Submitted By: Isaac Owsley
  • Town/State: Sonora, CA
  • Serves: 4 – 6
  • Preparation Time: 45 minutes

In these lazy dog days of summer, often the simplest dishes have the biggest impact on a picnic or dinner party, this Mediterranean inspired salad is no exception to that rule. Couscous, while sounding like something that should be found in some dark alchemists laboratory, is nothing more glorified than a wheat based form of pasta that looks like little grains. It is very easy to prepare, usually involving letting it rehydrate in hot water for about five minutes. The other ingredients are at their peak in the summer, sun ripened tomatoes, cool crisp cucumbers, and red, yellow and green bell peppers. All of the ingredients coming together in a simple citrus and olive oil dressing, making a quick dish that is almost always a hit at picnics or barbecues.

For Salad

Amount Measure Ingredients
8 Oz Package couscous prepared according to package directions and cooled
1 1/2 cups fresh tomatoes, diced
1 1/2 cups cucumber, peeled, seeded, and diced
1/2 cup red onion, diced fine
1/4 cup fresh sweet basil, chopped
1/2 cup green bell pepper, diced
1/2 cup red bell pepper, diced
1/2 cup Yellow bell pepper, diced

For Dressing

Amount Measure Ingredients
2 tablespoon Lemon Juice
2 tablespoon Olive Oil
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper

To prepare:

Combine cooled couscous and diced vegetables together in a large non-reactive pan. Toss ingredients gently until well mixed. Next, in a separate small bowl, combine lemon juice, vinegar, salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Whisk together until well blended and pour evenly over salad mixture. Chill 1-2 hours and serve mounded over a bed of baby greens or spring mix with grilled lamb or chicken.