Saturday, August 8, 2009

Great Summer Side Dish -- Couscous Salad

I snagged this recipe from recipezaar, and then tweaked it a bit.  The original is only for a single serving and when you scale it up the proportions just seemed off.  I made this for a little get-together we had tonight -- outdoors.  It was a great meal for making ahead to simplify entertaining.  It also was very pretty with the yellow, red, and green to liven up the couscous.  Also the hot sauce added just a hint of flavor but didn't really make it spicy.  You could certainly scale it back though it you're leary of hot things.  Even the kids claimed they liked it and that's a hard job around here.

Summer Couscous Salad (serves 6)
2-3 t olive oil
1 clove garlic, minced
2 green onions, sliced (divde white/light green bottoms from dark green tops)
1/2 c frozen corn
1 c couscous
2 c water
1-2 t salt
1 1/2 t hot sauce (like Tabasco)
2 ripe tomatoes, chopped
  1. Place the tomatoes and dark green ends of the green onions in your serving/chilling bowl.
  2. Place garlic, rest of green onions, and olive oil in a medium saucepan over med heat.  Saute til the garlic is fragrant.
  3. Add the water, frozen corn, salt, and hot sauce.  Increase heat and bring to a boil.
  4. Stir in the couscous.  Cover and remove from heat.  Let stand 5 minutes.
  5. Add to bowl with tomatoes & green onions.  Stir and chill for at least 1 hour.

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