July 10, 2010

Israeli Couscous Salad

Posted in Food, Health, Recipes, Weather tagged , , , , , , at 6:11 am by Liliana

Israeli Couscous Salad

During these long, hot summer days, refresh yourself with this healthy and nutritious salad. It is very filling.

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups Israeli couscous
  • 1 heaping cup cucumber, quartered and thinly sliced
  • 1 large stalk celery, strings removed and diced
  • 2 scallions, minced
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh dill, or more, to taste
  • 10 to 12 basil leaves, thinly sliced, or more, to taste
  • 4 medium firm, ripe apricots or 3 medium firm, ripe nectarines, pitted and diced
  • 1 heaping cup halved cherry or grape tomatoes (red or yellow, or a combination)
  • 1 medium firm, ripe avocado, peeled and diced
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil (or less if you’d like a lower fat dish)
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons lemon juice, or more, to taste
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
  • Mixed baby greens, as needed
  • 1/4 cup toasted pine nuts or 1/3 cup toasted slivered almonds

Directions:

Bring 5 cups of water to a boil in a medium saucepan. Add the Israeli couscous and cook at a rapid simmer for about 8 minutes, or until al dente. Drain and rinse with cool water until the couscous is at room temperature.

In a mixing bowl, combine the couscous with the remaining ingredients except the last two. Toss well to combine.

Line a large serving platter with some greens. Mound the salad over them, letting some of the greens show along the edge. Sprinkle the top with the toasted nuts. Serve at once or cover loosely with plastic wrap and refrigerate until needed.

Source: FatFree Vegan Kitchen

May 30, 2010

Greek Garbanzo Bean Salad

Posted in Food, Health, Home, Recipes tagged , , at 6:58 am by Liliana

Greek Garbanzo Bean Salad

Greek Garbanzo Bean Salad

Prep and Cook Time: 5 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 15 oz can garbanzo beans, preferably organic or 2 cups cooked
  • 2 medium cloves garlic, minced or pressed
  • 1 medium tomato, diced
  • 1/2 medium red onion, chopped
  • 2 TBS parsley, chopped
  • 1 TBS fresh lemon juice
  • 3 TBS extra virgin olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste

Optional:

  • 1/4 cup feta cheese
  • 6 sliced kalamata olives
  • 1 tsp rosemary

Directions:

  1. Press or mince garlic and let sit for at least 5 minutes to bring out its hidden health benefits.
  2. Drain liquid from garbanzo beans and rinse under cold running water; this helps prevent intestinal gas.
  3. Combine all ingredients with lemon juice, olive oil, and salt and pepper to taste.

Source: George Mateljan