Summertime will be here before we know it. I can not wait for my favorite summer produce! This Tomato, Cucumber & Salami Couscous Salad is summer in a bowl. It is perfect as a side dish or even lunchtime salad. It is packed full of vegetables, whole grains, healthy fats, and protein.
I like to prepare the salad at least two hours prior to serving. Letting the flavors marinate in the refrigerator for a few hours makes all of the difference.
Tomato, Cucumber & Salami Couscous Salad
1 cup couscous
1 cup water
1 teaspoon plus 1/4 cup olive oil
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
salt & pepper
2 tablespoons fresh basil, chopped
3/4 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
3/4 cup English cucumber
1/4 cup kamalata olives sliced
2 ounces sliced salami, sliced
- In a small saucepan bring the water, a dash of salt, and the teaspoon of olive oil to a boil. Add the couscous giving it a quick stir. Place the lid on the pot, remove from the heat, and let sit for 5 minutes. Fluff the couscous with a fork and allow to cool.
- In a small bowl, make the vinaigrette by whisking together 1/4 cup olive oil and balsamic vinegar.
- Meanwhile, peel the cucumber and remove the seeds. Chop into bite-sized pieces. In a large bowl, stir together the basil, tomatoes, cucumber, olives, salami, and couscous. Season with salt and pepper and dress with the vinaigrette.
- Let the salad marinate in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours before serving.
Serves 8 as a side dish.