The other vegetarian party goers totally approved of the salad, which I had kind of expected. After all, they probably thought they'd be the only ones bringing plant-based food. I was shocked though when another guest, who I'm pretty sure isn't big into salads or couscous, started raving about the salad. He became my salad's PR rep, making rounds and telling everyone "Hey, have you tried the couscous salad? You have to, man, it's delicious!!". It was hilarious and, of course, really flattering.
Sorry I didn't share this with you all in time for the 4th, but I hopefully you'll be able to come up with an excuse to make it soon.
Squash and Israeli Couscous Salad with Basil Vinaigrette
Makes 6 servings
- 1/2 cup olive oil
- 1 1/2 cups whole wheat (or regular) Israeli couscous
- Scant 1 3/4 cups vegetable broth (you can use water in a pinch, but broth gives the couscous better flavor)
- 1 cup packed basil
- 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
- 2 garlic cloves
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1 medium summer squash, spiralized into ribbons or cut into strips using a vegetable peeler
- 1 small zucchini, spiralized into ribbons or cut into strips using a vegetable peeler
- 2 medium tomatoes, seeded and chopped
- 1 medium red onion, quartered and thinly sliced (I just realized I have a pretty thick slice of onion in the picture. Oh well, do as I suggest, not as I do.)
- 1 15 oz / 425 g can great northern, canellini, or pinto beans
- Optional: Torn basil for garish
2. While the couscous is cooking, prep your veggies and make the dressing. In a mini food processor (or a regular one, if that's all you've got) combine the the remaining olive oil, basil, vinegar, garlic, salt and pepper and process until smooth. Combine the squash, zucchini, tomatoes, onion and beans in a large mixing or salad bowl. Fluff up the couscous with a fork and add it to the bowl. Pour the dressing over the salad and toss to coat evenly. Taste and adjust the seasonings. Serve warm or at room temperature, garnished with torn basil if you'd like.