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Kate Langenburg/A&E Groove

It’ssssss recipe day! Today I’m giving you the recipe for the quickest mediterranean salad I ever made! It came out pretty good and I think after you read this recipe and look at the tantalizing picture, you’ll want to make it, too.

This recipe came courtesy of the back of the lid to my feta cheese…

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup couscous
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 medium cucumber, cut in pieces
  • 1/2 sliced green onions
  • 1 3.5 package basil & tomato feta cheese (or any other flavor, really)
This is a very quick salad to make in a pinch! Photo by Kate Langenburg.

This is a very quick salad to make in a pinch! Photo by Kate Langenburg.

Step 1: Boil 1 1/2 cup water in medium saucepan. Stir in the couscous; cover. Remove from heat; let stand 5 minutes. Fluff with fork; cool, uncovered for about 10 minutes.

Step 2: Mix couscous, lemon juice and olive oil. (I did not add olive oil to mine because I had already added it according to the directions on the back of my couscous box.) Add cucumber and green onions; cover.

Step 3: Refrigerate 4 hours before serving or overnight.

Step 4: Stir in the cheese just before serving. Serve on a lettuce lined plate or as a filling for pita bread.

Yum, that last suggestion sounds really good. As of right now, I’m just eating mine in a bowl, but fancy serving techniques are quite welcomed. Might I also add that if you want to get a flavored couscous, that will bring out more flavor, too. I used roasted garlic and olive oil flavored couscous, so the olive oil was brought out quite a bit.

The thing I liked most about making this salad was that it took me no more than 15 minutes to make. The couscous cooks in 5 minutes, then just add in the time it takes to slice up your veggies and mix it all together. Enjoy!

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Yummy little veggies. Photo by Kate Langenburg.

Yummy little veggies. Photo by Kate Langenburg.

As of late, I have been getting into making a lot of cold mediterranean salads. I must admit, I like the feta cheese! But every time I open a new container of feta cheese, there lurks another wonderful recipe on the back of the lid.

Last week, I decided to make a special kind of green bean salad from the back of one of my feta cheese lids, so I went down to the local farmer’s market and picked up a few pounds of the locally grown veggie.

After reading a little bit about how I was going to make this salad, I got to work. I recommed using the basil and tomato flavored feta cheese for this one. Here’s my recipe for green beans and feta cheese with dill:

Ingredients:

  • 2 pounds fresh green beans
  • 1/2 cup italian dressing
  • 1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 1/4 cup chopped red onion
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh dill

Step 1: Cook beans in water seven minutes or until tender and crisp. Drain. Rinse with cold water

Step 2: Toss beans with dressing, cheese, onions, and dill in a large bowl.

Step 3: Refrigerate for several hours until chilled. (You can serve this immediately, but I don’t think it tastes as good as it does when you let it sit in the fridge for a while.)

After making this great concoction, I fed it to my room mate, family members, and I ate a whole bunch, too. This recipe is easy, and a must have for anyone who likes dolled up green beans.

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Mine is the anti-tomato version. It's still delicious! Photo by Kate Langenburg.

Mine is the anti-tomato version. It's still delicious! Photo by Kate Langenburg.

Kate Langenburg/A&E Groove

As some of you may know, family gatherings are a great opportunity to bring different kinds of foods for everyone to enjoy. Well, as luck would have it, I recently had one of those kinds of family gatherings, at which I tasted the best pasta salad I’ve ever had.

I would like to introduce you to Mediterranean Pasta Salad, courtesy of Norma. In a span of about two hours, the huge bowl she had made completely disappeared, and the reserve stock in the fridge was eaten later that night!

The greatest thing about this dish is its versatility. As Norma herself said it, she never follows a recipe and she always puts her spin on it. That, my food loving friends, is highly recommended with this pasta salad. You can throw in new veggies, take out what you don’t want, or even include some other form of dressing other than the oil and vinegar suggested.

Ingredients:

  • 1 (8 ounce) package of spiral or curly noodles, cooked and drained
  • 3 ounces feta cheese, diced into 1/2 or 3/4 inch pieces
  • 3 tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 medium sized cucumber, peeled, seeded, halved and thickly sliced
  • 1/2 cup pitted ripe olives, halved
  • 1/3 cup walnut pieces
  • 2 tbsp finely sliced red onions, optional
  • 2 tsp minced fresh parsley
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh basil leaves
  • 2 tbsp vinegar
  • 2-3 tbsp olive oil
  • salt and pepper, to taste

Step 1: Combine all ingredients in a large bowl. Toss gently until well mixed.

Step 2: Refrigerate several hours before serving. That’s it!

If I were you, I’d double the recipe. It makes a smaller amount, so if you like to keep eating leftover pasta salad all week like me, doubling is the way to go. This stuff goes great with a sandwich and transports easily for lunches on the go!

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