Pearl Couscous Summer Salad
Yield: 3-4 people as a side
This salad is perfect to use up all of the summer vegetables from your neighborhood bundles! It’s best served chilled, and perfect to bring to a picnic.
These are the veggies I had from the farm, but you can also add your own favorite ingredients such as olives and feta for more of a mediterranean twist, or add some bell pepper, spinach, or cooked zucchini. The pearl couscous + herbs + olive oil mixture is a nice foundation for whatever veggie combinations you want to put together!
Here it goes:
1 cup Israeli couscous (I used Bob’s Red Mill Tri-color Pearl Couscous)
1 1/2 cups vegetable stock
1 cup cherry tomato diced
1 cup arugula
1/2 cucumber peeled, seeded, and diced
1 handful of parsley minced
5-7 fresh mint leaves minced
2 tbsp red onion minced
3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil + 1 tbsp for toasting couscous
1 lemon juiced
1 tsp honey
In a pan over medium heat, toast couscous for 3-5 minutes with 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil. Meanwhile, bring 1 1/2 cups of vegetable stock to a boil in a pot. Transfer couscous to stock, return to a boil then cover and simmer on low for approximately 15 minutes, until couscous has absorbed the stock and is tender.
In a large bowl combine tomato, arugula, cucumber, herbs, and onion. In a separate bowl, whisk together olive oil, lemon juice, honey, and a generous pinch of salt and pepper.
Once the couscous is done, add it to the vegetables and pour the olive oil dressing on top. Give it a stir, and I recommend chilling before serving!
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