greek couscous salad

can we chat a bit on current events?

i’m sure you’ll be shocked to know that i’m a pretty opinionated person but i rarely talk about any type of controversial events {such as paula deen, trayvon martin, etc} because goodness knows the fire that’s out there… and i’m not going to talk about those events but there are some i just have to talk about….

first…. this kid who lost on jeopardy because he misspelled the word emancipation {he added an extra “t” – emaciptation}. dude…. for real his parents should be teaching him to be a gracious second place contestant. you were on JEOPARDY for goodness sake. it’s not like you were on some random game show that it doesn’t matter about correct spelling. this is jeopardy…. PLUS he even if he hadn’t misspelled it, he still would have been in second place!!! bow out gracefully and enjoy the experience. but in a society where everyone gets a medal for participating, this kid makes national news because he feels he was “cheated” out of the correct answer because he can’t spell and is a sore loswer. seriously kid, life’s not fair. plus there’s always spell check.

secondly… a-rod. or as i saw on a sign, a-roid. here’s my beef with it….. he flat out cheated and now he’s pissed because he got caught. seriously. when asked, he’s not saying “i’m appealing because the mlb is wrong, i didn’t use peds and i’m not in any way associated with biogenesis”. no he’s appealing because he feels like he got the short end of the stick when it comes to being suspended for 211 games. i’m sorry but with the way kids look up to professional athletes, shouldn’t we punish those caught cheating? shouldn’t he be man enough to admit he screwed up {for at least a second time}? shouldn’t we as fans be able to expect that the game is “clean”? i mean i’m just saying

anyways…. rant over.

so here’s a savory recipe for you!! i figure with labor day and football season coming up, you might need a good recipe to bring along to some cookouts / tailgates. and friends is this good! i saw it over on maria’s site and decided it had to be added to our 4th of july menu and i’ve totally been holding out on y’all…


back to the couscous salad…. this is such a great alternative to traditional pasta salad; although couscous is a pasta, it’s just not a shape {bowtie, penne, elbow} you would traditionally think of when it comes to pasta salads. but this is fantastic. i kept it pretty close to maria’s original recipe but i did make a couple little changes… first off, i don’t like olives so they had to go. i replaced them {and their saltiness} with some crumbled feta cheese because everything needs some cheese in there. also, i used dried herbs instead of fresh for a couple reasons… i have a black thumb and can’t seem to keep anything alive. also, dried herbs are more accessible to me and i figure to you too. finally i used a smaller package of couscous because it’s what the store had. since there is no mayo in the dish, it’s perfect for a cook out or tailgate!!

greek couscous salad

greek couscous salad

  • 1 (4 oz) package pearl couscous {also called israeli couscous}
  • 1 c grape tomatoes, halved
  • 1 (13.75 oz) can artichoke hearts, drained and chopped
  • 1-1/2 c crumbled feta cheese
  • 1/2 c olive oil
  • juice of 2 large lemons
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp dried basil
  • salt & pepper, to taste
  1. prepare couscous according the package directions; transfer cooked couscous to a large bowl. fluff with a fork and add tomatoes, artichoke hearts and feta cheese.
  2. prepare the dressing: in a small bowl or jar, add the olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, dried oregano, dried basil, salt and pepper. whisk / shake together; pour over the couscous mixture and stir until everything is well combined. add more salt & pepper if desired. serve.

easy peasy lemon squeezy!


recipe adapted from: two peas and their pod

this post is linked up to these fun link parties: what’s cookin wednesday and what’s in your kitchen wednesday


8 thoughts on “greek couscous salad

  1. I can vouch for this one as I was one of the lucky ones to enjoy it over the July 4th holiday! It’s a perfect, but simple, salad for tailgating or anything else that presents a challenge to keep foods chilled. The couscous was good but I may try it next on traditional pasta. Either way, its a sure bet!

  2. Ok before I rant..this couscous looks delicious!! Feta and lemons good. Seriously we need to teach our kids that it is ok to lose or be number two. How else can you strive to be better if you don’t learn how to be humble? I saw that video after the event and was very disgusted that his parents will encourage him to be complaining about his lack of ability to spell. Well, learn how to spell. As for A-rod, don’t even get me started there. The darn MLB needs to set an example by not fake banning him. Kick him out and teach people a lesson that you can’t cheat your way to the top.

  3. Okay, I am way behind on news and haven’t heard of this Jeopardy kid, but you know I’m hustling off to youtube after this because if there’s one thing I love, it’s entitled whiners looking like idiots. Can’t wait to make fun of him! Also, did he think the second T was silent or what? Ha. In other news, I love couscous salads! I feel like I’ve been living on grain salads this summer, thanks for another fun variation!

    • He really does look like an idiot! But my favorite part of his whole whining is that he would have still be in 2nd place even if he hadn’t misspelled the word!! And I’m with you… I have definitely been living on salads this summer. I feel like I should turn into a giant thing of lettuce!!

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