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Summer Couscous Salad

I made this salad again for the July 4th holiday and thought it would be good to repost! Once again it was a hit! Quick, easy, refreshing and delicious!!

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It’s been a while but here is a new recipe. I made this dish yesterday to bring to a friend’s for a barbecue. She said to bring a side. Turns out she made almost the same exact salad! Very funny, but they had a few different ingredients so it was cool. (Hers had chopped red pepper, and everyone who knows me knows I would NEVER put sweet peppers in anything!)She also didn’t have the carrots or tomatoes.

I just threw this together quickly and it can totally be changed to what you like. It’s your choice!

This was a very fast and easy salad to make. It’s a nice change from the usual heavy ‘pasta’ type salads. Mostly veggies also so how can it be bad? Enjoy.

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INGREDIENTS:

1 ½ cups pearl couscous (cooked according to package directions) I also used chicken broth instead of water

1 can corn kernel, drained and rinsed

1 can black beans, drained and rinsed

¼-½ of an english cucumber chopped small (If you use a regular cucumber, remove the seeds and peel)

1 stalk celery sliced/chopped

1 carrot grated or chopped

cherry tomatoes/halved (I used about 20 or so)

¼ cup red onion, finely chopped

1 teaspoon dried dill

½- 1 teaspoon garlic powder (approximately)

olive oil

salt and pepper to taste

DIRECTIONS:

Put all ingredients in a large bowl (except for olive oil). Mix thoroughly. Then slowly add some olive oil to make it smooth and silky. I think I used a couple of tablespoons. 

Chill several hours and serve.

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Summer Fresh Cucumber Salad

This recipe I got from a wonderful little shop in downtown Stuart near where I live called The Spice and Tea Exchange. There are several of these great stores all over the U.S. and I am so happy to have one in my neck of the woods. It’s run by Anna who is a really neat lady. She has food samples quite a bit in her store and I am actually going to try this one tonight so I will wait to post a picture of the finished product till then! Cucumbers are a great refreshing and tasty vegetable to have anytime of the year. But summer time seems perfect for this recipe! I had the cucumber already and just bought all the ingredients for the dressing at her store. So I will report back either later tonight or tomorrow morning on the outcome of this!

INGREDIENTS:

1 English cucumber peeled and sliced thin

DRESSING:

½ teaspoon dried dill

1/8 teaspoon finely ground white pepper

1½ teaspoon sweet onion sugar

1 tablespoon rice vinegar

DIRECTIONS:

Mix dressing ingredients and toss with cucumbers.

For a variety you can substitute lemon sugar for the onion sugar.

FOLLOW UP:
The salad was delicious! Loved it! It is crunchy and refreshing and really tasty! Try it!

Summer Fresh Cucumber Salad

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