Sunday, July 27, 2008

Grilled Vegetable Couscous Salad

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The following recipe was prepared during my Summer Grilling cooking class. You can read about it and check out the other recipes I made for the class HERE.

Grilled Vegetable Couscous Salad
I wanted to serve up a filling salad that would also be great as a main entree for those that want a meatless meal. This salad takes grilled vegetables, couscous and a balsamic vinaigrette together fora light dish and requires little work.

Here's my recipe for Grilled Vegetable Couscous Salad:
2 cups prepared couscous
1 bunch aspagarus, bottoms trimmed
3 portabello mushrooms
4 roma tomatoes, halved
1 yellow squash, halved lengthwise
2 zucchini, halved lengthwise
1 red bell pepper, halved & seeded
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
1 tablespoon spice mix
1 lemon, juiced

Lightly toss vegetables in a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil, salt and pepper to taste.
Place on medium high heat grill and grill until slightly charred. Vegetables will cook at different times so keep a look out on these as they cook.
When vegetables are cooked, remove from grill and coarsely chop into bite sized pieces.
Toss all grilled vegetables and prepared couscous in a large serving bowl.
To make the dressing, combine the olive oil, balsamic vinegar, spice mix (you can use whatever you'd like) and drizzle over couscous and vegetables.
Squeeze a whole lemon over couscous & toss to combine.
Grate a nice hard italian cheese, such as parmesan over the couscous salad and serve.

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