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Cool Couscous Salad Recipe

Cool Couscous Salad Recipe

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.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. + chilling YIELD:2 servings

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

  • 1. 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.
  • 2. 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.