Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Mediterranean Couscous Salad

Mediterranean Couscous Salad
Hi again! So this time it didn't take me a whole 3 months for my next post! Whoooooohoooo, someone congratulate me! I really do want to try and blog more often, I promise! I love writing and letting my 5 viewers learn new recipes that I have tried and loved!

Wedding planning has officially taken over my life, but I have to say, if I didn't have Faraz (my fiance), I would be so much more busy, not to mention stressed! He has been helping out so much! (I can be as sappy as I want on here, because Faraz never reads my blogs!)

Oh and one last thing before I start talking about my recipe today.  I want to give my girl, Farhana, a shout out.  She is one of my newest bloggers that I love checking out, and I like to think we keep each other motivated with these blogs! You can check her out here!

Anyways, so I made this dish thanks to a friend. She inspired me! She made this for iftaar (breaking fast meal) for her family, and I wanted to attempt it myself! It turned out quite delicious! I loved how light yet flavorful it was! So go on and give it a try, you won't be disappointed :)

Ingredients for Salad
Ingredients (6-8 servings):
1 cup uncooked couscous
1 cup grape tomatoes
1/2 cup cucumber
1 cup artichoke hearts
1/2 cup cups chopped kalamata olives (pits removed)
1/4 cup fresh basil
1/4 cup feta cheese (optional)

1/4 cup olive oil
1 large lemon (juice)
2 cloves garlic
1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil
1/2 tsp salt 
1/2 tsp pepper


1. Cook the couscous according to package instructions. For mine, I have to boil about 1 1/2 cup water, stir the couscous in, turn off heat, and cover it for about 5-6 minutes. So simple!
2. In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, and basil. Season with salt and pepper. Let marinate while you move on to next steps.
3. Slice the tomatoes, dice the cucumbers, cut the artichoke hearts, slice the kalamata olives, and chop the basil.
2. Place the couscous in a large bowl. Add the tomatoes, cucumber, artichoke hearts, kalamata olives, and basil.
4. Pour the dressing over the couscous salad and stir until well combined. Add salt and pepper to your own taste. If you want to top with feta cheese, you can at this point (totally worth the extra calories!)

1 comment:

  1. Thank you so much for the shout out! This recipe I well definitely be trying out! I really have a weakness for couscous!