Fried Couscous Salad With Spinach And Mozzarella

1 1/2  c. Water

1 1/2 c. Couscous

1 Cucumber, Seeded and Diced

1/4 c. sun-dried Tomatoes, Chopped

3/4 c. Mozzarella, Cubed

1/4 c. Sunflower Seeds

1/2 c. Spinach, Chopped

1/4 c. Olive Oil

2  Cloves Garlic, Minced

Juice of 1 Lemon

Salt and Pepper ( to taste)

(1.) Cook the Couscous according to package directions and then fluff up with a fork.

(2.) In a large skillet over medium low heat add the Olive Oil and Garlic. Cook for 2-3 minutes or until the Garlic is fragrant. Remove 3/4 of the Garlic Oil to a bowl to cool leaving 2 Tbsp of Oil in the pan. Add the Couscous to the hot Oil and cook for 10 minutes stirring occasionally. Cook the Couscous until slightly browned. Remove the Couscous to a large bowl to cool.

(3.) When the Couscous is slightly cool add the cucumber, sun-dried Tomatoes, mozzarella, Sunflower and Spinach Toss to combine.

(4.) To the bowl with the Reserved Garlic Oil add Salt and pepper and whisk in the Lemon Juice. When combined pour over the Couscous and toss again to combine. Check for Seasonings and add more Salt and pepper if needed.

 

 This is a very healthy and delicious side dish. I came up with this recipe after making couscous cakes.  It is kind of like a deconstructed couscous cake. I also add Grilled Chicken to make a completely different meal.

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