Mediterranean CousCous Salad with Basil Vinaigrette

Whether you pack a brown bag to work everyday, or put together bento boxes for your kids school lunch, it’s time for a little boost of inspiration! Nix the boring ol’ sandwich and pull out a Good Cook Square Meals salad set. Pack the greens in the generously-sized bottom container, fill the top with all of your favorite fixin’s. When it comes time to eat, everything will be crisp, fresha nd ready to toss together at lunch. 

You’ll finally feel like you’re enjoying a real, ready-made restaurant quality meal, instead of some gooey, day-old leftovers.

Though you can include any of your favorite fruits or veggies, here’s one of our favorite meals to pack in the Square Meals Salad Set: a savory Mediterranean Spinach and CousCous Salad with zing tomatoes, creamy feta, crisp cucumbers and a to-die-for basil vinaigrette. 

Mediterranean CousCous Salad with Basil Vinaigrette

This one’s easy! You can make a big pot of couscous early in the week, then pack it in your salad container all week long. Once the couscous is cooked, this dish comes together in a snap. We like using a blender to quickly prepare the vinaigrette. Then assemble it all in the sturdy, seal-tight container, tote and go! All that’s left to do is: spend the morning looking forward to lunchtime!

Fun Flavor Twists

Enjoy this recipe as written below. Or try these easy upgrades:

  • Add Protein. Grilled chicken or crispy garbanzo beans are a great flavor pair with this salad.
  • Flavored Oils and Herbs. Feel free to nix the basil here and add in fresh mint. Or try a lemon-infused olive oil. 
  • Vinegar Swap. Any vinegar will do here. Balsamic, champagne or apple cider vinegar also taste great.

 

Mediterranean CousCous Salad with Basil Vinaigrette

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Mediterranean CousCous Salad with Basil Vinaigrette

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Mediterranean CousCous Salad

Preparation 10 Cook Time 10 Serves 1     adjust servings

Designed to fit the Good Cook Square Meals Salad Set, keep each of the ingredients fresh until you’re ready to toss this tasty salad together.

Ingredients

  • 3 cups baby spinach
  • 3/4 cup Israeli couscous, quinoa or acini de pepe pasta, cooked and cooled
  • 1/4 cup kalamata olives
  • 1/2 cup tomatoes, diced
  • 1/2 cup cucumbers, diced
  • 1/4 cup crumbled feta
  • 4 large leaves fresh basil
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp white balsamic vinegar
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Instructions

In the Good Cook Square Meals Salad Set, toss together spinach, couscous and olives. Arrange tomatoes, cucumbers and feta in their own sections on the top piece of the set. In a blender or mini food processor, puree basil, olive oil, vinegar, garlic and honey together. Salt and pepper to taste. Pour into the dressing section in the salad set. Secure plastic lid over dressing. Assemble salad together. Refrigerate until ready to serve. To serve, toss all ingredients together. Drizzle with dressing and enjoy!

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