- 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.
|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|
|1||tablespoon||red wine vinegar|
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.