July 21, 2010

Couscous Salad

Delicious, nutritious, fast and easy dish!!! Can use it as a main course or as a side salad to your favorite meal. Here is what you would need (of course can be scaled up or down depending on how much you would like to make):


  • 2 cups dry couscous
  • 1 english cucumber
  • 5-6 tomatoes
  • 1 small red onion
  • 1/2 small jar kalamata olives
  • 1/2 bunch parseley
  • 1/2 bunch basi
  • salt, black pepper and some olive oil

1. Cook the couscous following the instructions on the box. If you use the Trader Jose's brand you can use a large saucepan and put 2 cups of water + 1 spoon olive oil and some salt and bring to boil. Then add the dry couscous and stir well. Remove from heat, cover and let sit ~5 min. Then remove the cover and fluff with a fork and let it cool down for ~ 10 min (if the couscous is too hot then the vegetables will get a bit mushy).

2. In a separate bowl, combine the finely chopped red onion, cucumber, tomatoes, parseley, basil and the olives (pretty much all the ingredients should be chopped into small cubes).

3. Finally, mix the cooled couscous with the chopped vegetables.
Add a little bit of olive oil (optional but i've found that it adds a nice flavor... also lemon juice goes well with this salad as well so you can use that instead), some salt and black pepper to taste and enjoy big time!

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