Let’s Eat | Summer Garden Couscous Salad

Summer Garden Couscous Salad

Couscous is super easy to make. It’s usually just a matter of boiling water, which makes this a great summer recipe. You hardly need to use the stove so it’s great when it’s too hot to be spending a lot of time in the kitchen.. Once the couscous is cooked, you just need to chop and assemble the salad.

Summer Garden Couscous Salad

The veggies are all plentiful during the summer months. It’s a lighter than your traditional pasta salad (yep, couscous is a pasta not a grain) and can be served at room temperature or cold. This would be a great salad to serve at a summer BBQ or cookout.

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Summer Garden Couscous Salad
 
A fresh salad made with couscous and veggies that could come straight from your garden (or farmer’s market).
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Recipe type: Pasta Salad
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • ¼ cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • ¼ cup Red Wine Vinegar
  • ¼ cup Red Onion (about ½ small), diced
  • Salt and Pepper
  • ½ cup Black Olives, sliced
  • 1 cup Cucumber, chopped
  • 1½ cups Israeli Couscous
  • ¼ cup Fresh Cilantro or Parsley, chopped
  • 1 Avocado, chopped
  • 2 Tomatoes, quartered
Instructions
  1. Combine the oil, vinegar, onion, ½ teaspoon salt and ¼ teaspoon pepper in a small bowl and then set aside.
  2. Cook the couscous according to the packaging.
  3. Once the couscous has finished cooking, transfer to a large bowl.
  4. Toss the couscous with olives, cucumber and cilantro with the couscous.
  5. Pour the oil and vinegar mixture over the couscous and toss again.
  6. Add the avocados and gently fold into the couscous.
  7. Add more salt and pepper to taste.
  8. Serve with the tomato wedges.

Summer Garden Couscous Salad
If you make this recipe, be sure to snap a photo and hashtag it #FOODFASHIONANDFUN. I’d love to see what you make!

 

 

Summer Garden Couscous Salad

Easy Cocktail Garnishes with White Claw Hard Seltzer

This is a sponsored post on behalf of White Claw Seltzer Works. All text and opinions are my own.


Easy Cocktail Garnishes with White Claw Hard Seltzer

Turn your simple drinks into something special with these incredibly easy garnishes.

White Claw’s new hard seltzer water was the perfect drink to use to showcase these garnishes. It’s such a simple but refreshing drink that doesn’t require any work. Just pop the top and bottoms up!

You’re welcome to take this with you on a picnic or to the beach and drink right from the can. However, if you’re hosting a happy hour but don’t have time to mix drinks, try White Claw Hard Seltzer. Adding a simple garnish turns this drink into a true cocktail. It comes in multiple flavors and I’ve got a garnish for each one!

Easy Cocktail Garnishes with White Claw Hard Seltzer

Easy Cocktail Garnishes with White Claw Hard Seltzer

Lemon Rind

A lemon garnish is perfect to pair with White Claw Natural Lime Sparkling Water.

To create the garnish, use a potato peeler to peel the entire lemon rind in one continuous peel. You should end up with a curly Q. Place the lemon rind along the inside of the glass. Pour in the drink and then serve.

Not only will the drink look awesome but it will also get a hint of the lemon from the rind.

Easy Cocktail Garnishes with White Claw Hard Seltzer

Easy Cocktail Garnishes with White Claw Hard Seltzer

Easy Cocktail Garnishes with White Claw Hard Seltzer

Maraschino Cherries

Sometimes all a drink needs is to be topped off with a maraschino cherry. Not the electric red ones you traditionally find in stores. If you check out a liquor or specialty store you can find the original maraschino cherry.

This garnish will add a level of sophistication to any drink including White Claw’s Black Cherry Sparkling Water.

Easy Cocktail Garnishes with White Claw Hard Seltzer

Easy Cocktail Garnishes with White Claw Hard Seltzer

Easy Cocktail Garnishes with White Claw Hard Seltzer

Edible Flowers*

Look no further that your own backyard for this garnish. Some flowers, such as nasturtiums and lavender, are edible. I’ve been growing a few different varieties of nasturtiums in my garden this year and love tossing them into a salad or topping off a cocktail with them. I picked flowers that are pink and red like grapefruit to pair with White Claw’s Ruby Grapefruit Sparkling Water.

Flowers are another impressive way to showcase the simplest of cocktails.

*Please note that not all flowers and plants are edible. Make sure you’ve done your research and know exactly what you are eating before you pop something of unknown origins in your mouth.

Easy Cocktail Garnishes with White Claw Hard Seltzer

Personally, I’m really excited about this hard seltzer. Sparkling water is a staple in my home and it’s used in a lot of my cocktail recipes. I love that it’s now a drink of its own. It’s only 110 calories, doesn’t contain anything artificial, gluten free and totally portable. If you need me this summer, I’ll be drinking these by the pool.

 

If you make these garnishes, be sure to snap a photo and hashtag it #FOODFASHIONANDFUN. I’d love to see what you make!

 

 

Easy cocktail garnishes