Couscous Salad With Grapes and Feta

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

I've luckily surrounded myself with friends who love to eat and cook, but unlucky for them, I can be the biggest potluck bore. At work gatherings I'll often sign up to bring paper plates, and recently I've been getting the same brownies or cookies from Trader Joe's when with friends, while others bring heavy, meaty dishes like casseroles and chili. People started catching on (a few weeks ago Brian joined a party late and I was explaining what was on the table, told him we brought the brownies and he said, "of course we did"), so I've been starting a short list of things that are as easy as paper plates and TJ's brownies. First up, this couscous salad that requires no work but mixing a few cheap, healthy ingredients. It's light and the perfect blend of salty and sweet. I wonder who will bring the paper plates from now on. 

Ingredients (serves two): 
1/2 cup couscous 
1/4 cup chopped toasted walnuts 
1/4 cup crumbled feta (1 ounce)
1/2 cup halved red seedless grapes
1/4 cup chopped parsley 
3 tablespoons olive oil 
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
Salt and black pepper 
Pita bread, for serving

In a bowl, combine the couscous with 1/2 cup hot water. Cover and let sit for 10 minutes.

Fluff the couscous with a form and fold in the walnuts, feta, grapes, parsley, olive oil, lemon juice, 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon black pepper. Serve with pita bread. 

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