Tuscan Couscous with Lemon Basil Dressing

Dinner ready in just 20 minutes! Enjoy this lemon- basil dressed Italian pasta salad made using couscous, vegetables and Progresso® cannellini beans.

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  • prep time 20 min
  • total time 20 min
  • ingredients 15
  • servings 12
 

Ingredients

Couscous

1
cup water
1/4
teaspoon salt
3/4
cup uncooked couscous

Dressing

1/4
teaspoon finely grated lemon peel
2
tablespoons lemon juice
2
tablespoons olive oil or vegetable oil
1
tablespoon chopped fresh or 1 teaspoon dried basil leaves
1/4
teaspoon salt
1
garlic clove, finely chopped
4
to 5 drops red pepper sauce

Salad

1
can (15 oz) Progresso™ cannellini beans, drained, rinsed
1/2
cup chopped unpeeled cucumber
1/4
cup halved pitted kalamata olives
4
medium green onions, sliced (1/4 cup)
1
cup grape tomatoes, cut in half

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LOCATION

Steps

  • 1 In 1 quart saucepan, heat water and 1/4 teaspoon salt to boiling. Remove from heat; immediately stir in couscous. Cover; let stand 5 minutes. Fluff couscous with fork.
  • 2 Meanwhile, in small nonmetal bowl, combine all dressing ingredients; mix well.
  • 3 In large bowl, gently toss cooked couscous, beans, cucumber, olives and green onions. Pour dressing over couscous mixture; gently toss until coated.
  • 4 Just before serving, add tomatoes; toss gently. Serve warm.
  • 1 In 1 quart saucepan, heat water and 1/4 teaspoon salt to boiling. Remove from heat; immediately stir in couscous. Cover; let stand 5 minutes. Fluff couscous with fork.
  • 2 Meanwhile, in small nonmetal bowl, combine all dressing ingredients; mix well.
  • 3 In large bowl, gently toss cooked couscous, beans, cucumber, olives and green onions. Pour dressing over couscous mixture; gently toss until coated.
  • 4 Just before serving, add tomatoes; toss gently. Serve warm.

EXPERT TIPS

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Expert Tips

This salad is also delicious cold.

We used Israeli couscous for the photo because we like the larger size and chewy texture.

Nutritional information

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Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
100
(
Calories from Fat
25),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
3g
3%
(Saturated Fat
0g,
0%
Trans Fat
0g
0%
),
Cholesterol
0mg
0%;
Sodium
130mg
130%;
Total Carbohydrate
16g
16%
(Dietary Fiber
2g
2%
  Sugars
1g
1%
),
Protein
4g
4%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
4%;
Vitamin C
4%;
Calcium
0%;
Iron
6%;
Exchanges:
1 Starch; 0 Fruit; 0 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 1/2 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 1/2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
1
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.