Greek Salad with Israeli Couscous

IsraeliCouscousGreekSaladRecipe_Apr2018
This healthy Greek salad recipe is packed full of fresh flavors. All you have to do is halve cherry tomatoes, thinly slice red onion and roughly chop a cucumber. Add couscous, crumble feta cheese and toss in Kalamata olives. Mix the tangy lemon vinaigrette ingredients in a mason jar and shake to incorporate all the ingredients. Lastly, drizzle the vinaigrette over the top and toss!

This makes a great side salad gets better as it sets so make extra for the next day. For a complete meal, add chicken skewers or your favorite piece of fish and a slice of crusty bread.

Serves 2.

Ingredients

• ½ cup Israeli Couscous (cooked as per instructions).
• ½ English cucumber, diced.
• 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved.
• ½ cup red onion, thinly sliced.
• 7oz feta cheese, crumbled.
• 1 cup Kalamata olives.
• ¼ cup chopped parsley or dill (use personal taste preference).

Lemon Vinaigrette

• ¼ cup lemon juice (fresh lemons are best).
• 2 tbsp. white wine vinegar.
• 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard.
• 1 teaspoon sugar (or 4 stevia drops to taste).
• ¼ cup olive oil.
• 1 Pinch of salt and pepper to taste.

Directions

1. Cook couscous as per the instructions. Rinse in cold water, drain well and set aside.
2. Roughly chop cucumber into ¼ moon segments. Thinly slice red onion and halve cherry tomatoes.
3. To prepare the vinaigrette, grab a mason jar (or bowl with lid). Pour olive oil, lemon juice, vinegar, mustard and sugar (or stevia). Place lid on and shake until all ingredients are mixed together.
4. Grab a large mixing bowl and add in the cucumber, tomato, red onion, Kalamata olives and crumbled feta. Toss in the couscous and vinaigrette and mix well. Add chopped parsley or dill and mix through. Taste for salt and pepper (I like to add more pepper) and adjust as needed. Enjoy!

Notes: Leave salad in fridge until ready to serve. I like to let it sit for at least an hour so the veggies can absorb the dressing. Serve as a side salad or eat as a main meal.

Nutrition information:Calories 435, 29.5g fat, 10.8g sat fat, 1734mg sodium, 24.5g carbohydrate, 2.4g fiber, 7.6g sugar, 20.6g protein.

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