summer salad

i don’t know if you know this about me, but this july will mark my 4th year living in the big city. er, well, right outside the big city. in 3 1/2 years up in northern virginia, i have managed to live in 5 different apartments/townhouses in 5 different cities. who does that? what do i just love moving?

yes! change doesn’t bother me at all! i will say the closer into the city you move, the better the restaurants but some of the places i love in life don’t exist 3 miles outside of dc. (thank the shopping gods above that there is a target walking distance away) besides missing the greatest grocery store ever, wegmans, i miss jason’s deli. ugh the salad bar, the baked potatoes, the soft serve, the gingerbread muffins! i. love. it. all!!!

i found myself back in my old stomping grounds for work this week and happen to end up at jason’s deli sitting right next to the salad bar. one trip to the bar and i found my new love, israeli couscous salad. what?! naturally i stopped at trader joes on the way home to pick up all the ingredients to replicate it.

mission accomplished!

i made it a little less oily so it would be a tad healthier, but let’s be real, couscous is good for you, so this perfect summer salad is going to be a staple for me this season! i think i’ve eaten it for every meal since i made it.

medi (mediterranean) couscous summer salad

1 1/3 cup israeli couscous

7 tbsp olive oil, divided

1 3/4 cup boiling water

2 tbsp distilled vinegar

1 cup grape tomatoes, cut in half

1/2 cup cucumbers, chopped

1/4 cup fresh basil, chopped

salt and pepper

crumbled feta

place couscous and 1 tbsp oil in saucepan on medium heat for 5 min. add boiling water and stir, reduce heat to medium/low and cover, continue to cook for 12 minutes.

combine remaining oil, 6 tbsp, oil, tomatoes, cucumber and basil and mix. add more oil if needed and salt and pepper. place in refrigerator for at least 2 hours so flavors come together. serve cold top with crumbled feta.

i think this is just the beginning of my summer salad obsession!



  1. Finding yourself in a new location to call home is a topic I am well versed in. We should discuss it soon. I love the photo! I shall perhaps send you some items you enjoy replicating.

  2. This looks yum! I love israel cous cous!

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