Monday, June 15, 2015

Couscous Fattoush Salad

Couscous Fattoush Salad
I love the traditional flavors of Fattoush! The combination of fresh, summer vegetables with Mint, Sumac and Lemon is just unbeatable!

Fattoush is traditionally made with Bread, but I decided to merge the Fattoush flavors with a Couscous Salad - and it worked great.

Couscous was a huge food fad before Quinoa became such a hot trend - and I kinda miss it. It's SO easy to work with. You simply take 2 parts boiling water and 1 part Couscous, put them in a bowl and wait 5 minutes. Fluff with a fork, and you're good to go.  It's an INSTANT food that is still a traditional food - originally from Morocco - and quite wholesome : ) EVEN BETTER ? You really don't HAVE to boil the water - it still works with cold water! Just wait about 1/2 hour.

I used Whole Wheat Couscous in this dish, but the White stuff will work just as well - they can be used interchangeably, and the preparation is the same. If you do use the Whole Wheat stuff, make sure you smell it before preparing it. It goes rancid quite easily, and since it doesn't move quickly on store shelves, it is very easy to get a bad batch.

I don't measure for this recipe (except the Couscous & Boiling Water), I simply toss everything in a bowl - so all amounts are approximate.

Couscous Fattoush Salad
Combine in a large bowl, and leave for 5 minutes while you chop veggies (if you use cold water, simply do this step well in advance of serving time)
1 Cup Couscous
2 Cups Boiling Water
Chop Veggies:
1 Large Fresh Tomato
1/2 Large Chopped Cucumber
1 Chopped Scallion (optional)
1 Large Yellow or Orange Bell Pepper (yes, Red is okay here too - it just will not be as pretty!)
Fluff Couscous with a fork, and add the veggies.
1/4 Cup Simply Greek Dressing (see below for substitute)*
1 teaspoon dry Ground Sumac
2 Tablespoons Dry Mint (of course - if you have fresh - use it! : )
Toss & Chill before serving.

* If you're fresh out of Simply Greek Dressing, add 3 Tablespoons Lemon Juice, 2 teaspoons Olive Oil, Generous Garlic Salt & Pepper to taste.

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