Jan
11
Coucous And Feta Salad
By • Filed In: Recipes

I’m knocking on wood right now. Seriously, I’m knocking with one hand and typing with the other. No really, I am. Why? Because it’s been 50+ degrees and sunny in Chicago the past few days…in January! Who woulda thought?! It feels so much more like spring than winter and is so unexpected and refreshing. I have to keep telling myself to stop doing the crazy little giddy dance and keep knocking on wood!

Usually around this time of year I start to crave all sorts of not so great for you comfort foods, but given the nice weather, I decided on something a bit lighter. I actually got this recipe from my friend Carrie, and thankfully she was willing to share it with me because it has been a favorite spring or summer meal ever since.

 Couscous and Feta Salad     

1 box flavored couscous (garlic or Parmesan)

1 can chick peas, drained

1 bell pepper, finely chopped (red, orange, or yellow)

1 or 2 green onions, chopped

1 English cucumber, peeled, seeded, and chopped

1 tomato, chopped

1/4 cup fresh parsley leaves, chopped

1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

1/4 cup olive oil

2 to 3 limes, juiced

Cook the couscous according to the box directions and set off to the side to cool while chopping the veggies. In a large bowl, toss all the ingredients with the olive oil and lime juice. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve chilled.

Tip: roll the limes on the counter with your palm a few times before you cut them to get more juice.

It’s usually better after a few hours in the fridge so all the flavors have the chance to come together. When I made it this time I ended up using a sweet onion since I didn’t have any green onions on hand. I’ve never been one to like big chunks of raw onion in anything, so to get just a bit of the onion flavor I grated a little less than 1/4 of the sweet onion into the salad. I have also made this with a gluten free brown rice couscous. It has the same texture and you can’t even tell that it’s not typical couscous.

It’d delicious and refreshing and I love it! I’m still knocking on wood by the way, hoping that this weather sticks around. Maybe you could do the same, you know, as a little favor? Thanks!

Oh and here is a printable version: Couscous and Feta Salad

(Big thanks to Kate over at Censational Girl for teaching me how to link to a printable version!)

About the Author

I am a 28 year old Chi-Town city gal living in a cozy condo with my boyfriend, Jeff. Monday through Friday I go by Miss Schmitt, as my main gig is working as a speech-language pathologist at a school in the burbs. Beyond my day job, I adore decorating, finding treasures at flea markets, seeking new adventures in the city, laughing, indulging in anything sweet, and spending time with friends and family (especially my lovely sis, Kali). Read along as I share my hopes, dreams, and outcomes (the good and the bad!).