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Cool Couscous Salad

 Cool Couscous Salad
Tiffany Blepp’s cold salad will refresh on even the hottest days. The Olathe, Kansas cook combines hearty coucous and tangy feta cheese for a Mediterranean flare and tops it off with balsamic vinaigrette for a punch of flavor.
2 ServingsPrep: 15 min. + chilling

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1/4 cup uncooked couscous
  • 1/3 cup garbanzo beans or chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 1/4 cup seeded chopped cucumber
  • 1 small plum tomato, seeded and chopped
  • 1/4 cup prepared balsamic vinaigrette
  • 2 lettuce leaves
  • 2 tablespoons crumbled feta cheese

Directions

  • In a small saucepan, bring water to a boil. Stir in couscous. Cover
  • and remove from the heat; let stand for 5-10 minutes or until water
  • is absorbed. Fluff with a fork; cover and refrigerate for at least 1
  • hour.
  • In a small bowl, combine the garbanzo beans, cucumber, tomato and
  • couscous. Pour dressing over couscous mixture; toss to coat. Place
  • lettuce leaves on two individual serving plates. Top with couscous
  • mixture; sprinkle with cheese. Yield: 2 servings.
Nutritional Facts: 3/4 cup (prepared with reduced-fat salad dressing) equals 204 calories, 7 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 4 mg cholesterol, 358 mg sodium, 29 g carbohydrate, 4 g fiber, 7 g protein.