Simple Couscous Salad

The other night, when I made the Salmon with Hoisin, Orange, and Bok Choy, I decided I needed a healthy side dish to go along with it. Since the salmon took hardly any time at all to prepare (and I was staaahvin’), I wanted to find a side that could be made fairly quickly as well. I immediately thought of couscous since it basically cooks in the blink of an eye! I found a perfectly fitting recipe for Couscous Salad on Food Network. It was extremely simple sounding and packed with veggies!

The recipe serves 8… and for whatever reason, as if I have an army of children living with me, I thought it was necessary to make the full recipe… it was a bit excessive. Hey… now I have loads of leftovers! But this could also be a great dish to bring to a Spring or Summer party! Pretty sure people will fall truly, madly, deeply in love with you if you bring it.

Here’s what you need (serves 8):

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• 1 box flavored couscous (I used a plain whole wheat couscous and added my own garlic in just to keep it au naturel), cooked
• 1 can chick peas
• 1 red bell pepper, finely chopped (yup, never going to the grocery store on a Sunday night again. No red peppers left… I’ve never seen that happen before!)
• 1/2 Vidalia onion, chopped
• 1 cucumber, peeled, seeded, and finely chopped
• 1 tomato, chopped
• 1/4 cup fresh parsley leaves, chopped
• 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese (I didn’t measure, just dumped a ton in… love feta!)
• salt and freshly ground black pepper
• 1/4 cup olive oil
• 2 to 3 limes, juiced (mmm citrus!)

Here’s what you do (and it’s only one step!):

In a large bowl, toss all of the ingredients along with the olive oil and lime juice, to taste.

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Voila… All done! Told you it was easy 😉 The best part is you can definitely add in any other favorite vegetables you might have. I honestly think this is going to be a staple go-to side to have at parties this year. It’s simple to toss together right before you leave and all of the ingredients are totally accessible! Unless you go to the grocery store on a Sunday evening, that is 😉

[Chels]

8 Responses to "Simple Couscous Salad"

  1. Erica says:

    YUM! I love couscous- there are so many different/fun ways to spice it up. I love when recipes feed 8…how many people feed 8 on a day to day basis? Well, at least I bet this makes awesome leftovers 🙂 Perfect for lunch! Have a great weekend.

  2. Beth and Adam says:

    I have totally made this exact recipe before and it is delicious! Love feta cheese 🙂

  3. This looks so fresh, great for a summer meal! I’d love to try it with quinoa 🙂

  4. Sharlene says:

    Mmm that looks so good! And who measures cheese? It’s always a handful here, a handful there, a bite in my mouth..

  5. Ashley says:

    That looks like a perfect side! p.s. I’m the girl who flagged you both down off of Beacon Street on Thursday. I can’t believe I saw you guys yesterday, too funny! Hope I wasn’t a total creeper haha

  6. Kerstin says:

    i love how versatile couscous is and how fast it cooks – it’s definitely one of our favorites and your version looks fantastic!

  7. Anna says:

    I make this salad all the time! It is so yummy and everyone I serve this to just raves about it.

  8. I love this salad, looks great for lunch during the hot summer!

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