This Health Savvy Mediterranean Salad is one of our all time "go to" favorites; either as a complete meal or as a side dish to go along with other yummy foods. We often will take this to cookouts, family outings and neighborhood potlucks!
1-16 oz package Trader Joe's Harvest Grains Blend
(Blend of Israeli Couscous, Orzo, Baby Garbanzo Beans and Red Quinoa)
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus 1/4 cup
2 cloves garlic, minced
3 cups chicken stock
2 lemons, juiced
2 lemons, zested
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 cup chopped fresh basil leaves
1/2 cup chopped fresh mint leaves
1 large cucumber finely diced
1/2 cup of crumbled feta
1 cup dried cranberries
3/4 cup slivered almonds, toasted
In a medium saucepan, warm 3 tablespoons of the olive oil over medium heat.
Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute.
Add the couscous and cook until toasted
and lightly browned, stirring often, about 5 minutes.
Carefully add the stock,
and the juice of 1 lemon, and bring to a boil.
Reduce the heat and simmer,
covered, until the couscous is tender, but still firm to the bite, stirring
occasionally, about 8 to 10 minutes.
Drain the couscous.
In a large bowl, toss the cooked couscous with the remaining olive oil,
remaining lemon juice, zest, salt, and pepper and let cool.
Once the couscous is room temperature, add the fresh herbs, dried cranberries, cucumber, feta and almonds.
Toss to combine and serve.
ps...This salad is a high protein meal on its own but you could certainly add a little grilled chicken breast if you feel you need it.