Monday, May 2, 2011

Gloria's Spicy Couscous Salad

Here's a very easy, healthy and tasty dish that you can enjoy as a side dish or a main course.

1 package plain couscous, prepared according to package instructions
1 cup canned chickpeas, well-drained
1 cup halved grape tomatoes (you can substitute quartered cherry tomatoes)
1 small cucumber (a pickling cuke works well), peeled & diced
1 minced garlic clove, fresh or hot pickled garlic
1/4 cup chopped red onion
1/4 cup Mixed Hot Pepper Rings, well-drained (you can adjust amount to taste, or substitute a chopped jalapeno or other pepper)
6 to 10 pitted Greek olives
1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley OR cilantro
1/2 cup crumbled Feta cheese
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
Juice of 1 lemon or lime
Salt & black pepper to taste
Optional garnishes: anchovy fillets, pepperoncinis, crushed red pepper flakes

Prepare the couscous according to package directions and allow to cool--you can even make the couscous the night before and refrigerate until ready to use. In a large bowl, mix together the couscous and all other ingredients. Season with salt & pepper to taste. Add any optional garnishes as desired. Serves 4 to 6.

Zestfully yours,

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