Mediterranean Couscous Salad
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Mediterranean Couscous Salad ~ plain old pasta salad mixes it up with a zesty tabbouleh and a glossy pearl couscous. No mayo need apply.
- 1 cup pearl or Israeli couscous (this one has larger grains)
- 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- juice of lemons
- ½ tsp ground sea salt
- freshly cracked black pepper
- 1 cup finely chopped baby cucumber (or any thin skinned cucumber like Persian or English)
- 1 cup baby tomatoes, halved or quartered depending on their size
- ¼ red onion (minced)
- ½ cup parsley (finely minced)
- ¼ cup fresh mint (finely chopped)
- ⅓ cup feta cheese
- ⅓ cup roasted pine nuts (optional)
- ⅓ cup kalamata olives (optional)
- Cook the couscous according to the package instructions. Usually it simmers, covered, in 1 1/4 cups boiling water for about 8 to 10 minutes until the water is absorbed.
- Put the hot couscous in a bowl and add the olive oil, lemon, sea salt and pepper. Give it a toss to combine and set aside.
- Add the vegetables, parsley and mint to the couscous and toss well. Taste for seasoning and refrigerate the salad for at least a couple of hours to chill thoroughly.
- Sprinkle in the feta, and the pine nuts and olives if using, when you are ready to serve.