Summer Vegetarian Recipes: Berry Cous Cous Salad

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Summer Vegetarian Recipes: Berry Cous Cous Salad for a Refreshing Side Dish

Summer is in full swing and what is better than a refreshing Summer Vegetarian Recipes: Berry Cous Cous Salad?  Chock full of flavorful in-season berries, this chilled salad is perfect on hot summer nights that just never seem to end.  I hate cooking meals during the summer, as they heat up my kitchen and make everyone miserable.  The cook time on this recipe is a mere 10 minutes, something that doesn’t really heat up anything but the pan.  And after chilling, Summer Vegetarian Recipes: Berry Cous Cous Salad will cool you off for a great evening!

Summer Vegetarian Recipes: Berry Cous Cous Salad Mixes Some Amazing Flavors

I never would have thought that strawberries, blueberries, lime, and garlic would make a good mix.  When I first made this salad, I couldn’t believe that it would taste good.  Boy, was I wrong!  It was AMAZING!  The berries added sweet while the lime brought the sour.  Garlic added a bit of savory which was balanced by adding a little salt.  Summer Vegetarian Recipes: Berry Cous Cous Salad has everything I love to make a perfectly well rounded, flavorful dish.

 

Summer Vegetarian Recipes: Refreshingly Berry Cous Cous Salad

Summer Vegetarian Recipes: Refreshingly Berry Cous Cous Salad

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Cook the cous cous according to the package directions. Rinse in a strainer under cold water to chill. Place in a medium sized bowl.
  2. Wash the strawberries and blueberries.
  3. Cut of the green of the strawberries and chop roughly.
  4. Add the strawberries, blueberries, and baby spinach to the cous cous.
  5. Add the olive oil and olive oil; stir.
  6. Squeeze the lime into the bowl and stir again.
  7. Season to taste with the salt and pepper.
  8. Chill for at least 3 hours.
  9. Serve cold with your favorite summer meal.
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Changing Up Summer Vegetarian Recipes: Berry Cous Cous Salad for the Season

Strawberries and blueberries aren’t always the freshest year round.  Choose berries or other fruits that are in season for optimal flavor.  I can’t wait for my local peach season with Summer Vegetarian Recipes: Berry Cous Cous Salad.  I think it will be a fantastic flavor add, especially with raspberries!

1 pkg tri-color cous cous

5 large strawberries

1 C blueberries

½ C olive oil

1 T minced garlic

1 lime

salt

pepper

 

Cook the cous cous according to the package directions.  Rinse in a strainer under cold water to chill.  Place in a medium sized bowl.

Wash the strawberries and blueberries.

Cut of the green of the strawberries and chop roughly.

Add the strawberries and blueberries to the cous cous.

Add the olive oil and olive oil; stir.

Squeeze the lime into the bowl and stir again.

Season to taste with the salt and pepper.

Chill for at least 3 hours.

Serve cold with your favorite summer meal.

 

Making Summer Vegetarian Recipes: Berry Cous Cous Salad is a refreshing addition to any summer table.

 

Feta and Onion Salad Recipe ~ A Perfect Picnic Salad

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Feta and Onion Salad?  Are You Kidding Me?

That’s right!  Feta and Onion Salad.  When someone presented it to me for dinner one night, I thought they were crazy.  Raw onions, in a salad, with some cheese sprinkled in?  That sounded really weird, and not very tasty at all.  Being inquisitive, however, I tasted what my mom always called a “Thank You Bite” so I wouldn’t hurt my friend’s feelings.  Then, I piled my plate with it!  The sweetest onions I’ve ever tasted, paired with a brined, salty cheese that brought out the sweetness even more.  My tastebuds were at odds with my brain, trying to figure out how Feta and Onion Salad could be quite that tasty!

Perfect Onion Varieties for Feta and Onion Salad

The original choice for this deliciously cool salad was Vidalia onions.  If you’ve never had these beauties, they are sweet, crisp, and perfect.  They are grown in certain areas of Georgia, and are even the state vegetable!  Another variety that is great for this salad is a Texas Sweet.  They have a sugary taste that compliments the saltiness of the cheese perfectly.  The last variety is aptly named Candy.  These onions are as sweet and tasty as the other two, and work well in Feta and Onion Salad.  Your pick depends on your personal choice and what’s available in your area.

Feta and Onion Salad Recipe ~ A Perfect Picnic Salad

Feta and Onion Salad Recipe ~ A Perfect Picnic Salad

Ingredients

  • 2-3 Vidalia (or sweet) onions, sliced very thin
  • 4 oz feta cheese
  • 1/4 C chopped parsley
  • 1 green pepper, sliced very thin
  • ¼ C olive oil
  • 2 T. white wine vinegar
  • 2 T. lemon juice
  • ½ t. dry oregano
  • salt & pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Mix all ingredients in a large bowl.
  2. Chill to marinate for at least 4 hours.
  3. Serve with your favorite meal.
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Slicing Things Thin for Feta and Onion Salad

The easiest way to slice things super thin for this crispy salad is with a mandolin.  If you’ve never used one, it’s one of the most indispensible things in my kitchen.  It slices things thin to thick, depending on what setting you have it on, and makes short work of it.  It’s perfect to use for the Feta and Onion Salad.  When I first recommended it to a friend that makes this salad, she told me she doesn’t like gadgets and slicing the onions thin doesn’t take THAT long.  So I brought mine over and showed her. She bought one the next day.  Not only is it great for Feta and Onion salad, but for pickles, salads, and anything you want sliced perfectly!  (Seriously…head out to your favorite cooking shop and find one!)

Feta and Onion Salad Mandolin

 

2-3 Vidalia (or sweet) onions, sliced very thin

4 oz feta cheese

1/4 C chopped parsley

1 green pepper, sliced very thin

¼ C olive oil

2 T. white wine vinegar

2 T. lemon juice

½ t. dry oregano

salt & pepper to taste

 

Mix all ingredients in a large bowl.

Chill to marinate for at least 4 hours.

Serve with your favorite meal.

 

Change things up a bit at your next cookout and serve Feta and Onion Salad!

 

Asian Cucumber Salad Recipe

Asian Cucumber Salad

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Asian Cucumber Salad takes advantage of one of the few quality vegetables that is available year-round.  I especially love hot-house English cucumbers when they are on sale.  You can eat them skin and all, as they are wrapped in plastic, and are often organic.  Just give them a good scrub and you are ready to go!

The easiest way to slice this tasty veggie is with a mandolin.  No, not the kind you play, but one like this:

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This little dandy is an amazing tool for the kitchen.  It slices just about any firm veggie quickly and evenly.  From Asian Cucumber Salad to potatoes for just about anything, everything comes out perfect.  Dishes like scalloped potatoes or homemade potato chips have half the prep time!  Anything that makes my job faster in the kitchen is a must-have for me!  This particular one has been in my family for a long time, but new ones have different blades and such for cutting to make waffle fries, crinkle cuts, and more.

Asian Cucumber Salad Recipe

Asian Cucumber Salad Recipe

Ingredients

  • 2 English cucumbers, sliced thinly
  • 1 t sea salt
  • 1/4 t pepper
  • 1/2 C rice vinegar
  • 1 T sugar (I use raw sugar)

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, place all the ingredients and toss to coat.
  2. Cover and refrigerate until cold.
  3. Serve with fresh chives or parsley.
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Asian Cucumber Salad is great in the winter when you want a hint of summer to brighten your day, or in the middle of summer with a grilled meal.  On really hot days, my family will eat Asian Cucumber Salad as a snack at dinner time and wait until later for a more substantial meal, after the day cools.  Asian Cucumber Salad is also amazing on diets.  You can replace the sugar with stevia and this makes a great low-calorie snack or salad.