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Toasted Israeli Couscous Salad with Grilled Summer Vegetables
From: Mir

A very impressive recipe. You can alter the veggies to whatever you have on hand.

SERVES 4

  • 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 2 cloves garlic, coarsely chopped
  • 1 cup olive oil
  • salt
  • freshly-ground black pepper
  • 2 green zucchini, quartered lengthwise
  • 2 yellow zucchini, quartered lengthwise
  • 6 asparagus spears, trimmed
  • 12 cherry tomatoes
  • 1 red bell pepper, quartered,seeded
  • 1 yellow bell pepper, quartered,seeded
  • 1/4 cup basil chiffonade
  • 1/4 cup coarsely-chopped flat leaf parsley
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 lb israeli couscous
  • vegetable stock, heated

In a small bowl, whisk together the vinegar, mustard and garlic, slowly add the olive oil and whisk until combined.

Season with salt and pepper.

Pour 1/2 the marinade over the vegetables and let sit at room temperature for 15 minutes.

Preheat the grill.

Remove the vegetables from the marinade and grill the vegetables until just cooked through.

Cut the zucchini and peppers into 1/2-inch pieces, cut the tomatoes in half.

Heat the olive oil over medium-high heat, add the couscous and toast until lightly golden brown.

Cover the couscous with the hot stock and bring to a boil; cook until al dente and drain well.

Place in a large serving bowl, add the grilled vegetables and herbs and toss with the remaining vinaigrette.

Serve at room temperature.