Greens 'n' Grains Salad with fresh blackberries - serve it as a complement to an entree or as a light vegetarian lunch
Mary Bilyeu | Contributor
My BFF Wendy and I particularly loved this salad, with the bright lemony flavor of the couscous and sweetness from organic blackberries, crunch from toasted almonds, and a hint of tartness from the blackberry-fig balsamic dressing lightly coating the greens.
This was substantial enough to serve as a light lunch or supper; it was therefore a nice dish to serve at my Berry Fest for vegetarian guests, since it was supplemented by a variety of cheeses, grilled strawberries, biscuits, and desserts. There was plenty of food for everyone, regardless of dietary needs! I also served a fresh fruit salad, because these beautiful organic berries are a wonderful ingredient but also shine on their own without any adornment.
The lemon-herb couscous with stir-ins could even be prepared and served without the lettuce, as a complement to any number of entrees. It's quick, simple, and delicious — what more do you need for a perfect summer dish?
Greens 'n' Grains Salad with Fresh Blackberries
2 5-ounce packages Whole Foods 365 brand lemon & herb pearled couscous
1 cup sliced almonds, lightly toasted
finely grated zest of 2 organic lemons
1/2 cup chopped fresh organic parsley
8 ounces mixed organic spring greens
2/3 cup Bella's organic blackberry & fig balsamic dressing
1 cup organic blackberries
Prepare couscous according to package directions; let come to room temperature. Stir in almonds, lemon zest, and parsley.
Toss greens with dressing. Place greens onto a serving platter, then place couscous into the center of the greens. Sprinkle berries over the top.
(Note: Whole Foods Market very graciously provided me with a gift card to help purchase supplies.)
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