Here is a quick and easy recipe for a salad you can make ahead and keep in the fridge. Perfect for these hot summer days.. goes well with cold cuts, barbequed chicken, pork or beef... heck it goes well with anything... It's yummy just by itself too! It's similar to Tabouli but is made with couscous rather than bulgur...
1 cup couscous
1 cup chopped tomato
1 cup chopped cucumber
1 cup sliced green onion
1 cup chopped parsley
1 cup chick peas
2 Tblsp. olive oil
3 Tblsp. fresh squeezed lemon juice and the zest of 1 lemon
3 garlic cloves, minced
3 Tblsp. fresh mint, chopped, or 1 tsp. dried mint
1/2 tsp. black pepper
1/4 tsp. salt
In a saucepan bring 1.5 cups water and 1/2 tsp. salt to a boil. Add 1 cup couscous. Remove from heat, cover and let sit for 5-10 minutes. Fluff with fork, let cool. In a large bowl toss couscous with remaining ingds.
In a small bowl, mix dressing ingredients then pour over salad and mix. Refrigerate. Tastes better the second day! (Note: I found I liked more dressing so I used the juice and zest of 1 whole lemon and doubled the oil, garlic and mint. Use salt and pepper to your own taste.) If you like lentils, they can be added as well. Easy-peasy!
"One of the very nicest things about life is the way we must regularly stop whatever it is we are doing and devote our attention to eating." ~ Luciano Pavarotti