There isn't really a recipe for this. It's basically just thrown together with what you have around the house. I wanted to make this with quinoa, but had couscous in the house. You could use any small grain, pasta, rice - trust yourself and just go for it.

I used:

1 cup uncooked couscous, cooked using package directions
a handful of green beans, trimmed and chopped in half, then steamed
1 red pepper, diced
1 can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
1/3 cup each raisins, almonds, sliced dried apricot
2 sliced green onions
1/2 cup feta cheese
1/2 cup Balsamic Vinaigrette

After cooking the couscous, I spread it out on a plate to cool, then mixed in a large bowl with the remaining ingredients. That's it! 
I paired it with some store-bought spanakopita and made a dippy out of sour cream, lemon zest and dill. It was a good no cook meal for a hot summer evening, and the leftovers the next day were even better. Will definitely be making this again, it's too easy not to!
5/7/2012 11:26:10 pm

It looks really really good but if I took your advice and threw in whatever I had most of in the house, I'd have a salad made out of dog fur and potted plant dirt.

6/7/2012 03:30:05 am

If you had Pica Disorder that would be delicious!

6/7/2012 01:02:37 am

Looks yummy and a great cottage salad. Did the girls eat it?

6/7/2012 03:29:31 am

They ate a disassembled version of it. And Eloise thought the couscous was baby rice, so she enjoyed that!

12/7/2012 01:41:08 am

I am eating my Tara inspired couscous salad for lunch at work right now! So good. Thanks for the inspiration! My taste buds thank you.

12/7/2012 04:25:31 am

Yay! Thanks Laura! :)

12/7/2012 10:53:07 pm

Looks great !! So when you come home are you going to cook for us with all these yummy new things you have been cooking up ?? Maybe have a pinic in the park or something.... Cause Jay is on afternoons so all your getting at mom's is lunch if you didn't already know from the last visit. :) lol . HOPE TO TASTE SOME OF YOU GREAT EATS.

13/7/2012 12:19:15 am

Is this Tasha?
Yes to picnics in the park!

13/7/2012 10:45:01 am

lol yep it was me . many spelling mistakes & the names where a give away.... lol mama rush this morning. sounds great its a date when your open !!! Keep in touch sometime...


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