Your Daily Dish: Zesty Mediterranean Couscous Salad

If you’re looking for the perfect big bite, you’ve found it with each forkful of this lemony Israeli couscous salad. A super-easy recipe, this satisfying salad combines tender Israeli couscous (aka pearl couscous) with roasted red peppers, arugula, mozzarella and basil.

Ingredients

Lemon Dijon Dressing

¼ cup olive oil
2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
1 tsp Dijon mustard
1 tsp honey
¼ tsp kosher salt
¼ tsp freshly ground black pepper

Couscous Salad

2 tbsp butter
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 ¾ cups Israeli (aka pearl) couscous
1 tsp lemon zest
3 cups chicken broth
1 cup roasted red peppers, diced
2 cups lightly packed baby arugula, chopped
¾ cups fresh mozzarella cheese, diced
1 tbsp chopped fresh basil

Lemon slices, for garnish

Directions

1) For the dressing, in a medium bowl, whisk together olive oil, lemon juice, Dijon mustard, honey, salt and pepper set aside.

2) For the salad, in a medium saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Add garlic and cook for 1 minute. Add couscous and lemon zest, cooking 3 minutes, until toasted and lightly browned, stirring often. Add chicken broth and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer uncovered for 10 minutes, until couscous is tender. Remove from heat and transfer to a large bowl, allowing to cool for 10 minutes. Stir in peppers, arugula, mozzarella and basil. Toss well and garnish with lemon slices.

Serves 6

Bite Me Bit: “Couscous – the food’s so nice they named it twice.” -Seth Rogan in ‘Pineapple Express’

Don’t have couscous on hand? This Caprese Orzo Salad, teeming with basil, tomatoes, garlic and bocconcini cheese, brings the Mediterranean to your bowl.

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