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Posted on Wed, Jun 27, 2012 : 8 a.m.

Greens 'n' Grains Salad with fresh blackberries - serve it as a complement to an entree or as a light vegetarian lunch

By Mary Bilyeu


Mary Bilyeu | Contributor

This is the third in a series of "Berry Fest" posts. See Day One here and Day Two here.

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.

Serves 6-8.

(Note: Whole Foods Market very graciously provided me with a gift card to help purchase supplies.)

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Mary Bilyeu writes about her adventures in the kitchen - making dinner, celebrating holidays, entering cooking contests ... whatever strikes her fancy. She is also on a mission to find great deals for her Frugal Floozie Friday posts, seeking fabulous food at restaurants on the limited budget of only $5 per person. Feel free to email her with questions or comments or suggestions:

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The phrase "You Should Only Be Happy" (written in Hebrew on the stone pictured in this post) comes from Deuteronomy 16:15 and is a wish for all her readers - when you come to visit here, may you always be happy.


Sarah Rigg

Wed, Jun 27, 2012 : 1:35 p.m.

A formatting issue with the ingredients section has been fixed.


Wed, Jun 27, 2012 : 4:12 p.m.

Thank you!


Wed, Jun 27, 2012 : 12:20 p.m.

Some formatting of the ingredients section would make this easier to read.

Mary Bilyeu

Wed, Jun 27, 2012 : 12:48 p.m.

I'm sorry - when I put it into the system, it's perfectly formatted (as it is on my blog); somehow it gets jumbled here ....