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Grilled Zucchini Israeli Couscous Salad

I was going to wait until Saturday to post this recipe, but I was too excited about it, so here it is a day early - just in time to pick up produce from the farmer's market!

Time for weekly salad #2! In to the weekly salad experiment two weeks and going strong. This weeks salad was inspired by the hot weather and lovely zucchini I picked up from the farmer's market on Saturday. The dressing has a nice sweet and twang and the vegetables balance crunch with the soft couscous. The couscous is actually a mix from Trader Joe's - Harvest Grains Blend (has some quinoa and lentils mixed in as well). I opted to eat this over some kale for extra nutrition. My taste buds can handle a lot of bitter, but if you don't like strong flavored greens, romaine or spinach would work just as well.

Grilled Zucchini Israeli Couscous Salad

1 1/4 c Harvest Grain Blend or Israeli Couscous
1 3/4 c water
(makes about 3 cups cooked)

1 can black beans (rinsed and drained)
2 tomates (chopped, seeds removed)
2 green onions (chopped)
2 zucchini (cut in half length wise)
2 bell peppers (deseeded and cut in half)

Dressing:
3 T olive oil
4 T lemon juice
2 T balsamic vinegar
2 T maple syrup
1tsp chopped garlic
Salt and pepper to taste
(Put in small container and shake up)

Bring water and couscous to a boil and let simmer 10 minutes or until pasta is tender and done.

I cheated and didn't actually grill the zucchini and peppers, I broiled them - still got some charring though. Lay the zucchini and peppers cut side up on a foil lined baking sheet. Broil on low for 8 minutes and then turn up heat for a few more minutes or until there is some nice browning action going on. Once out of the oven or off the grill, chop these up and throw in a large bowl. Mix in other vegetables. Toss in the couscous mixture and combine all ingredients.

Lastly add the dressing - I actually didn't us all of mine. But use your best judgement on how much other added flavor you need, I like to let the vegetables shine through and be the real masterpiece.

All my pics have been in the same bowl recently... time for new dishes?

Another delicious salad for another week, lunches have never looked so good.