07 April 2011

Zucchini Couscous Salad

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This is so easy, and it is sooo good -- well, I appreciate it after I come in from a long run. Being lent and Friday, the meals around my family are either all vegetable or all fish. For lunch I have selected the vegetable variety. I like the versatility of this dish, not only is it quick and easy to put together, but it can be served warm or cold and still taste great.

Per usual, when I have a dish that is pretty much of the "toss and stir" variety, I like to get a little funky on the dance floor (aka my kitchen linoleum). My Zucchini Couscous Salad track is She&Him "Don't Look Back"
It makes me dance and chop better.

The Shopping List:

  • 10 oz Couscous
  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 14 oz diced tomatoes
  • 2 tsp crushed garlic
  • 1/2 fresh zucchini
  • 1/4 cup basil
  • salt and pepper to taste
The Method:

In a pan, bring the vegetable broth to a boil. Add in couscous and allow to cook. Once it begins to become light and fluffy, pull from heat and fluff with a fork before pouring in a bowl.

In a frying pan bring the olive oil up to medium heat. Cut up the zucchini in slices and then quarters (bite sized pieces). Add the zucchini to the frying pan and allow to heat and soften slightly. A few minutes on each side should do, the goal is to soften them but not make them mushy. Pull from heat and allow them to cool slightly.

In the bowl, add in the diced tomatoes, lemon juice, garlic, and basil to the couscous. Fold in ingredients. Add in the zucchini and serve. A touch of salt and pepper if you so prefer.

And now for a little Friday zucchini cutting art, I introduce my newest piece, "Chop, Chop Zucc". Feel free to shower me with praise.

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23 comments:

  1. This looks delicious! And, I have a box of couscous that's been in my pantry for awhile!

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  2. That's a great recipe! Way better than my zucchini cous cous! hehe

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  3. There's nothing like a spot of Zucchini Art of a friday, love it! The salad looks delish, I'm on a detox for a month so I will try it with quinoa, thanks!;)

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  4. Looks great! The quinoa idea sounds good too.

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  5. It's funny - today I have prepared a Lebanese taboule salad, which has a French "false" variety made with couscous... (the real one is made with boulghour, which has stronger taste). I haven't put any zucchini though :-(

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  6. The quinoa would be a good substitution FBATD. It will have a bit more of a crunch, but still get the great flavors.

    Sissi, we need to get you some zucchini. I was craving it the other day and made sure to pick up a few pieces. They just make me feel like summer thinking about them.

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  7. Oh my...this is something that I need to try. I love simple, elegant dishes like this. I can see this being a hit at my house!

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  8. My kind of dish! I wanted couscous last night with our chicken but was so disappointed that we were out! Chop, chop zuc? Is that a special knife? Well, whatever it is, it sounds cool! And, please tell spoon to behave . . .

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  9. I am so excited for your visit that led me here! I have always wanted to tried couscous... never had it or knew how to prepare it ... this is wonderful...thanks so much!

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  10. Wow, two of my favorite ingredients and so simple!! LOVE the chop, chop zucc! Brilliant!

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  11. This looks so delicious, simplicity is the best :)

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  12. Sounds like a cross between a fantastic salad and an entertaining party piece. You manage to get a work of art and a dance performance out of the preparation - I'm in awe of your talent. Wonderful photos!

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  13. This salad is totally perfect! I have zucchini & have been debating how to utilize it...hello solution!

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  14. Lovely, easy salad. Couscous is so easy to use in so many dishes.

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  15. I love getting funky on my kitchen floor too! Nice recipe - easy and healthy!

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  16. This is definitely an awesome dish to come home to after a run! I've got a box of couscous that i need to use, so it's really perfect!

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  17. This sounds lovely. I would probably add just a little red chilli too.

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  18. This is a terrific recipe. Wholesome, healthy and delicious is an unbeatable combination. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

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  19. Love this easygoing recipe. Our evenings have gone from busy to *insane* and we've been ordering in waaaaay too much. This is just the thing to get us all back on track.

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  20. The couscous looks so healthy and delicious! Great job!

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  21. My Hubby (The Kitchen Noob) made this for us last night. It's delicious. I just had some cold for lunch and it the aroma of it reminded me of a stuffed artichoke. I literally had to stop myself from eating the whole bowl. :o)

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