You can sub in peas, celery, olives, green onion, radish or even a different dressing in this colorful salad.
By Chitra Agrawal
- 1 cup Israeli couscous
- ½ cup chickpeas
- ½ cup frozen shelled edamame
- ½ cup cherry tomatoes, halved
- ½ cup carrot, peeled and sliced into thin discs
- ⅓ small red bell pepper, sliced & halved
- ⅛ red onion, sliced into thin circles
- 4 ounces feta, cut into small cubes or crumbled
- 5 tablespoons cilantro leaves, 4 tablespoons chopped and 1 tablespoon for garnish
- 6 tablespoons olive oil
- 3 tablespoons sherry vinegar
- ½ teaspoon honey
- salt & pepper to taste
- Set 8 cups of water to boil in a pot. In a separate saucepan with lid, pour couscous in. When the water is boiling in the pot, ladle out 1 and ¼ cup of water from the pot and pour over the couscous in the saucepan (continue boiling water in pot).
- Bring couscous to a simmer at low setting on stove and cover for 10-12 minutes until cooked. Drain couscous and transfer to a bowl. Put in the fridge to cool off.
- While couscous is simmering add in the edamame to the rest of the boiling water in the pot and boil for 4 minutes. Drain and place in cold water to stop from cooking further. Drain when cool.
- While the couscous and the edamame are cooking, prep veggies: cut cherry tomatoes, peel and slice carrot, slice and cut red bell pepper and slice onion. Cube or crumble feta. Chop 4 tablespoons of cilantro leaves and leave 1 tablespoon for garnishing.
- Make dressing by whisking together sherry vinegar, honey, salt and pepper. Transfer this mixture to the salad dressing shaker, add olive oil and shake really well for 15 seconds.
- In a bowl, combine and gently mix Israeli couscous, chickpeas, edamame, veggies (reserve some onion for garnish), feta, chopped cilantro, dressing (may have some left that you can use another day), salt and pepper to taste. Plate with garnish of onions and cilantro leaves.
Chitra writes the food blog, The ABCD's of Cooking, which chronicles her adventures cooking American Born Confused Desi recipes. When she is not recipe blogging, Chitra can be found hosting her online cooking show and a supper club featuring Indian-inspired, vegetarian cuisine. She also teaches cooking classes and sells Indian street foods (sometimes yummy Indian tacos!) at events and artisanal markets in Brooklyn. Her cooking has appeared in the New York Times Dining Journal and she is a contributor to The Huffington Post, Gojee, The Daily Meal and Brooklyn Based.