Couscous Vegetable Salad

Couscous Vegetable Salad

The hot spell we are experiencing is going on…and on…and on.  The Pacific Northwest doesn’t like that kind of weather and the effects of a month without rain are taking a toll.  My lawn that was green a few weeks ago is now the color of a brown paper bag and it’s a challenge to keep the pots on my patio from completely drying out no matter how much I water them.   There isn’t much I can do about the weather but I can keep our meals simple and keep the oven off.  Simple hardy  salads are best and this is one of our favorites. 

Couscous Vegetable Salad

No recipe is needed for this salad…just combine your favorite veggies with couscous or quinoa and toss with a light vinaigrette and…presto…a great meal and a cool house.  Farmers’ markets are busting at the seams with wonderful produce right now.  A simple salad is one of the best ways to enjoy them.

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Couscous Vegetable Salad

A quick dip in boiling water removes the raw taste from vegetables like green beans and asparagus and the dressing absorbs better when they have been blanched for a minute or two.  These were the veggies I had on hand last weekend but just about any will be delicious:  diced avocado, bell pepper, roasted corn, cauliflower and broccoli flowerettes…whatever you like.  Just be creative and use what  you have.

Couscous Vegetable Salad

Couscous Vegetable Salad
 
Ingredients
  • ¾ cup couscous, cooked and cooled.
  • 1 cucumber, chopped
  • 1 medium red onion, finely chopped
  • 1-2 cloves garlic, finely chopped (optional)
  • 1 large ripe tomato, de-seeded and chopped
  • 1 red or yellow bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 large bunch mint, chopped
  • 1 large bunch flat leaved parsley
  • Zest and juice of 1 lime
  • 2-3 tablespoons olive oil
  • Salt and pepper
Instructions
  1. Prepare quinoa or couscous according to package directions. Set aside to cool.
  2. Toss the vegetables with the herbs and the garlic in a large bowl. Add the juice and zest of the lime and olive oil. Mix well to incorporate all the ingredients. Finally add the couscous and gently fold in. Salt and pepper to taste. Taste the salad and add more lime juice or oil according to your taste.
  3. Set aside for at least half an hour in the fridge to cool and for all the flavors to blend.

Comments

  1. Ramona says

    It really is a beautiful salad. Love the pictures from the farmers market. I could buy a whole car load from there. We had a couple of cool snaps, which is weird for Mississippi in July. But, it is in the 100 degree mark today. That’s too dang hot.

    • says

      Hi Larry – I have a sprinkler system but it costs a fortune to use it. If I tried to keep my lawn green it could cost around $200 a month for water, maybe more. It all turns green again after a couple of rains in September.
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  2. says

    Great photos, Cathy! This post had the best timing…I was trying to think of a different salad to make with veggies…I just put it all together…it is delicious, but bet it will be better after it sits a few hours so the flavors blend. Thanks for sharing.
    Have a wonderful week.
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  3. says

    So appealing. Although I should have realized I did not, that blanching helps vegetables absorb the dressing. I just never gave it a thought. Now I will. Thanks.

    I can relate to the weather. It drizzled the other day and we were all shocked.

    Madonna
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  4. says

    You are right. When the weather is warm the only thing that is satisfying is something light and fresh! Your salad would be a hit at our house. We are leaving on vacation in a few days….Oregon here we come…so sorry to hear that it is warm there, too!
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  5. says

    So that is where our hot summer has been! Our cooler-than-normal temps are a direct result of our super-cold winter so Lake Michigan is 7-12 degrees below it’s normal temperature and affecting our air as a result. I hope you get some rain soon, Cathy.

    Meanwhile, what a great idea to serve light, summer salads like this. It really does look delicious!
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  6. Happier Than A Pig In Mud says

    I think we have your summer and you have ours this year! Usually our grass is brown by now but it’s lush and green. Your salad sounds good Cathy-stay cool:@)

  7. says

    We have had nothing but rain in the Southeast. Go figure. Your salad looks perfect. I love your colorful line-up Cathy. I received by Singing Dog vanilla! Can hardly wait to try the products. Thank you Thank you!
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