Chilled Couscous Salad Recipe

Summary

Preparation Time15 MinCooking Time2 Hr 0 Min
Ready In2 Hr 15 MinDifficulty LevelMedium
Health IndexAverageServings4
CuisineCourse
MethodMain Ingredient
Interest Group

Ingredients

 Sun-dried tomatoes1 Cup (16 tbs), Sun-dried
 Sun dried tomatoes1 Cup (16 tbs)
 Water4 Cup (64 tbs)
 Salt To Taste
 Peas1 Pound, frozen
 Fresh pea pods/1 cup frozen peas, defrosted1 Pound, shelled
 Corn3 , kernels removed
 Corn ears/2 cups frozen corn kernels, defrosted3 , kernels removed
 Uncooked couscous2 Cup (32 tbs)
 Couscous2 Cup (32 tbs), uncooked
 Cucumber1 Medium, peeled
 Cucumber1 Medium, peeled seeded and diced
 Tomato1 Large, diced
 Scallions3 , trimmed and thinly sliced
 Scallions3
 Garlic1 Clove (5 gm), peeled
 Garlic1 Clove (5 gm), peeled and minced
 Basil1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs), snipped
 Extra virgin olive oil2 Tablespoon
 Extra-virgin olive oil2 Tablespoon
 Vinegar1 Tablespoon
 Red wine vinegar1 Tablespoon
 Sugar1⁄2 Teaspoon
 Pepper To Taste
 Feta1⁄3 Pound, crumbled

Nutrition Facts

Serving size

Calories 1585 Calories from Fat 284

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 32 g49.9%

Saturated Fat 10.9 g54.4%

Trans Fat 0 g

Cholesterol 50.5 mg

Sodium 1126.8 mg46.9%

Total Carbohydrates 280 g93.2%

Dietary Fiber 30.6 g122.3%

Sugars 18.1 g

Protein 51 g102.7%

Vitamin A 48.5% Vitamin C 100.9%

Calcium 38.8% Iron 62.3%

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet

Directions

MAKING
1. In a bowl cover the sun-dried tomatoes with boiling water and allow them to macerate for 20 minutes.
2. Then drain the tomatoes, julienne them, and set them aside.
3. In the sink combine ice cubes and cold water and pour the 4 cups of water into a large pot along with a dash of salt.
4. Bring the water to a boil, add the peas and blanch them for 1 minute.
5. Then add the corn, blanch it for 45 seconds and drain the water into another pot, reserving the liquid.
6. Quickly cool the vegetables by submerging the peas and corn in the ice bath, then drain them and set them aside.
7. Bring the cooking water to a boil and cook the couscous, stirring well for 1 minute.
8. Remove the pot from the heat and cover it tightly and steam the couscous until all of the water has been absorbed, approximately 15 minutes.
9. Uncover the pot, fluff the couscous with a fork, transfer to a baking tray and spread it evenly over the surface of the tray to cool.
10. In a large bowl, toss well the reserved peas and corn, the cucumber, tomato, scallions, sun-dried tomatoes, garlic and basil and stir in the cooled couscous.
11. In another bowl, whisk together the olive oil, vinegar and sugar and pour the dressing over the couscous and vegetables, mixing the salad well.

SERVING
12. Season the salad with the salt and pepper, garnish it with the crumbled feta, cover tightly, chill the salad for 2 hours and serve.
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