When I was food prepping last week, I noticed I had the perfect ingredients for a Mediterranean couscous salad. I also realized I had a lot of zucchini, summer squash, and tomatoes I needed to use before they went bad. In fact, I hate throwing any food away.
Although couscous is believed to be pasta, it is actually small steamed balls of crushed durum wheat semolina. A light and beautiful base for any salad, couscous absorbs the flavors of spices of any dressing. Of course, I made an oil-free red wine lemon vinegarette.
MEDITERRANEAN COUSCOUS SALAD IN 15 MINUTES
Not only is couscous a wonderful base for any salad, it literally takes 5 minutes to cook with little to no effort. That, with chopping a few vegetables, and dinner is ready.
For this Mediterranean couscous salad, all you need is the following ingredients:
- Summer Squash
- Red Bell Pepper
- Red Onion
- Tri-Colored Grape Tomatoes
- Kalamata Olives
- Fresh Parsley
OTHER POSSIBLE SUBSTITUTIONS TO CONSIDER:
- White or Yellow Onion
- Orange, Green, or Yellow Bell Pepper
- Quinoa instead of Couscous
Even though this salad is made with couscous in mind, remember quinoa or another grain of choice can be used instead.
Also, a time-saving tip is to use a vegetable chopper to quickly dice your vegetables, while keeping them all uniform size.
HOW TO COOK COUSCOUS IN 5 MINUTES
In order to make the perfect couscous, all you need is 2 parts water to 1 part couscous. Simply boil 2 1/2 cups of water with a teaspoon of salt. Then, quickly add 1 1/4 cups couscous, stir, remove from heat and cover for 5 minutes.
In other words, making couscous literally takes 5 minutes from start to finish. When the couscous is done cooking, just fluff with a fork and let cool.
Once all the veggies are cut and the couscous is room temperature, it’s time to toss the Meditteranean couscous salad.
MAKING THE OIL-FREE RED WINE VINAIGRETTE
The dressing, though simple, is lemony and perfect for the combination of ingredients.
All you need is:
- Red Wine Vinegar
- Fresh Lemon Juice
- Hummus (oil-free)
- Italian Seasoning Blend
And, it simply gets whisked together and dressed before serving. A little dressing, for instance, goes a long way.
So, if you are looking for a quick and easy dinner or a great meal prep lunch idea, look no further.
Or, serve the Mediterranean couscous salad as a side dish with these wonderful entrees:
- Skinny Vegan Greek Spinach Pie
- Vegan Lasagna
- Skinny Detox Lentil Vegetable Soup
- Skinny Oil-Free Pizza Sauce and Pizza Dough
- Vegan Eggplant Parmesan
- Vegan Stuffed Shells Recipe
- Chickpea Soup
- Skinny Greek Wrap Sandwich
- Vegetable Panini w/ Vegan Pesto Artichoke