Recipe: Chopped Salad with Couscous

salad with couscous

Chopped Salad with Couscous

Serves 4
Lots of goodies in this delicious salad!

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  1. 1 bag of spinach/arugula
  2. 1 cup of chopped tomatoes
  3. 2 ears sweet corn
  4. 1/2 c asiago cheese grated
  5. 1/2 c currants, raisins, dried cranberries or chopped, dried dates
  6. 1/2 c roasted pepitas
  7. 1 c pearl couscous
Buttermilk Dressing
  1. 1 garlic clove smashed
  2. 3TBS sour cream
  3. 1 TBS white wine vinegar
  4. 1/4 c buttermilk
  5. 3 TBS grated asiago
  6. salt/pepper
  1. chop the tomato and mix with some olive oil and balsamic vinegar to season
  2. cut the corn off of the cob
  3. cook the couscous according to the package, rinse in cold water
  4. roast the pepitas in a sauce pan over medium heat till toasted (it goes quick, don't walk away!)
  5. Combine all ingredients.
  6. Whisk dressing ingredients together.
  7. Toss the salad with the dressing and enjoy!
  1. If you like a lot of dressing, you may want to double this! You can make the couscous in advance and keep it in the fridge. If you add grilled chicken or (even easier) rotisserie chicken, then you have a meal!
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chicago bloggerI always bring the “salad”. When we have family dinners, somewhere along the line about 15 years ago, I became the salad girl. My sister in law usually makes the dessert, my brother makes deviled eggs, my sister makes some sort of vegetable or strawberry pretzel “salad” (which is a dessert that you eat with your meal but call it a salad). Do you know what I’m talking about? The pretzel crust with strawberry jello and some white stuff, I have never made it so that is the obvious reason why I don’t know the ingredients but it’s delish. My other sister in law loves to cook and she makes a cheese dip that makes you weep. (oh lightbulb moment….I need to get that recipe on here stat.) chicago blogger recipeThe “bringing a salad to family dinner” kinda stuck and I just became the salad girl in general. I love salads that are chock full of goodies! Then I became some sort of dressing snob when I decided that the stuff that is on the shelf at the grocery store is almost poisonous. So when you make the salad dressing, to go with the salad, it is SO MUCH BETTER tasting and SO MUCH BETTER for you. Now don’t be fooled into thinking that I think I am some sort of cook or that I like cooking or that I enjoy making anything that has more than 4 ingredients. Unless of course, if 6 of the 10 ingredients are sugar than I can usually dig deep and figure it out.lettuce salad recipe with couscous

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