Couscous Salad

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I ran across the most delicious couscous salad I had ever had during one of our trips to France about 15 years ago. They called it Tabbouleh, but it was unlike any tabbouleh I'd ever had, so I just call it couscous salad. Oddly enough, it was at a gas station/rest stop along the French countryside where we decided to stop for a quick lunch. I don't remember where exactly it was nor where we were traveling to, but i do remember that it was one of the fanciest gas station/rest stops I'd ever seen with an amazing selection of pre-packaged, prepared food that was better than you'd see at some of the nicer grocery stores around here! IT was certainly love at first bite.

So of course, I came back home and to figure it out how to make it for myself and here is what I came up with. I've been making it ever since but it wasn't until last week that I actually bothered to measure everything out!

Couscous Salad by happyvballgirl

1 10 oz box of plain couscous (prepared according to the box)
1 cup golden raisins
1 cucumber, diced
1 tomato, diced (or you can use a cup of grape tomatoes sliced up)
1/2 bunch fresh Italian parsley, diced (about 1/4 cup)
1 0.7 oz package good seasonings Italian dressing, prepared per box using balsamic vinegar and olive oil
    (or 8 oz of your favorite balsamic vinaigrette)

In a large bowl, combine all the ingredients and mix well. Refrigerate and enjoy cold.

Makes about 8 cups.

So fresh, light and delicious. 

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This salad goes so well with just about anything, but I'm particularly fond of serving it at cookouts along with hamburgers and hotdogs and the other standard sides. I'm sure this may turn some of you off, but I have a serious weakness for hotdogs! :)

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1 comment:

eclecticlamb said...

Looks delicious! Thanks for the recipe.