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Summer Salad with Israeli Couscous

Summer Salad with Israeli Couscous
Leslie Grow / For the Times

Israeli couscous adds heft to this Mediterranean salad, a chunkier version of tabbouleh. Serve it on its own for a vegetarian lunch, but it also works well as a side for fish or grilled chicken. Read more

20 minutes, plus cooling time. | Serves 6.
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt, plus more
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/2 to 1 jalapeño, seeded and minced
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 bunch scallions, finely chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups Israeli couscous
  • 2 Persian cucumbers, cut in half lengthwise and cut into 1/2-inch-thick slices
  • 3 ounces crumbled feta, about 1/2 cup
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh mint
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • Freshly ground black pepper

Step 1Slice the tomatoes in half lengthwise and place them in a medium mixing bowl. Add 1 teaspoon salt, the garlic, jalapeño, olive oil, lemon juice and scallions, and stir to combine. Let the vegetables macerate while you cook the couscous.

Step 2Heat a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the couscous and cook, stirring, until it smells nutty, 3 to 5 minutes. Add 3 cups water and the remaining 1 teaspoon salt, and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to maintain a steady simmer, and cook, partially covered, until the couscous is just tender but still a little chewy, 5 to 7 minutes. Drain the couscous in a sieve, rinse under cool running water and shake well to remove as much moisture as possible.

Step 3While the couscous is still slightly warm, add it to the tomato mixture and toss to coat. Let cool completely, tossing ever few minutes. Add the cucumbers, feta, mint and parsley, and stir gently to combine. Season with black pepper and more salt before serving.


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