Tuesday, July 05, 2011

Mediterranean-ish Couscous Salad

a.k.a. It's Time to Clean Out the Fridge, Freezer and Pantry.

I know I haven't been posting in a while mostly due to some craziness in the work schedule and other things but I have been cooking....just not post-worthy dishes. Or dishes that involve a recipe. Like 2 days ago when we had corn on the cob and yummy slabs of toast smeared with good quality chevre and topped with slices of heirloom tomatoes sprinkled with olive oil, S&P. See, no recipe but the ultimate summer meal in my mind.

Anyway, the big news around here is that the Tall Man and I just bought a house and we close in early August. Now is the time to start cleaning out the food stores so I don't have to move it all (all of 1.5 miles away, but still). This fit the bill nicely.

1 medium japanese eggplant
1 medium zucchini
1 medium yellow squash
1 medium red onion
1 large bell pepper (I used red)
2 handfuls of raisins, optional
1 can chick peas, rinsed and drained
1 C or so of israeli couscous, cooked according to pkg directions
1 medium cucumber, seeded if needed, diced
2 handfuls of cherry tomatoes, leave whole if small enough
1 can artichoke hearts, drained and quartered
olive oil
red wine vinegar
S&P
1/2 pkg of feta (I like TJ's lite feta)

Preheat your broiler to high. Dice up your veg (eggplant thru pepper) and toss with a bit of olive oil, S&P and pour into an even layer on a baking sheet and broil until cooked thru and crusty brown spots appear. Set aside and toss with raisins if using. When cool, combine with couscous, chick peas and other veg. Add olive oil and vinegar to taste and then add pepper and feta. Toss to combine. Taste for salt and if it needs a smidge, add now. Be sure to add feta before adding salt so you don't overdue the salt. Eat and enjoy. Would also be good for potlucks. Or housewarming parties which I am definitely having once we're moved in.

2 comments:

expert contabil said...

Oh my God this looks so good and i`m sure that it is delicious too. I think it is not a very difficult recipe so i will give it a try, thanks a lot for sharing.

hefk said...

wow Kel! congrats on the house! I almost missed the news until I read this post again!

Good luck "eating down" as our friends call it. It can yield lovely results (as this one did!).