Milwaukee TV (take three!)

by Holly on July 9, 2012

in Milwaukee,recipes,TV appearances,vegetarian

Summer is here, and it’s come in the form of this salad.

It’s got crunch…just like the barely alive yellow grass growing outside my window.

It’s got girth…just like…ummm…yeah…my grandpa reads this blog…not going there.

It’s got cool…the kind of cool we aren’t experiencing this summer and instead, turning to cold showers, our air conditioners and endless cups of iced coffee to provide.

It’s got color…just like the amazing architecture tour I took in Chicago this past weekend.

It’s got texture…couscous (creamy), radishes (crispy) and almonds (crunchy). Although, the Tempura Avocado Sandwich I ate at Uncommon Ground in Chicago wins the creamy category of summer hands down. Oh.my.gosh. I’m still dreaming about that lunch.

I don’t use this phrase lightly, but seriously…this salad is a party in the mouth.

Don’t believe me? Let Shawn Patrick tell you what is up!

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So go out and eat up this party of a summer already!

Preferably with a glass of fruity Iced Mint Green tea to wash it all down with. Because summer goes by way too fast and is usually packed with way too many things and is way too much fun to sit behind a computer all day reading blogs that use the phrase “party in the mouth.”

Not that you need it, but ahem, that was me giving you permission to stop reading my blog right now and make this salad WHILST drinking a beer instead.

Just drink a second in my honor, mmmkay?

Because this is the kind of meal I love to make most. One bowl filled with fresh, in-season vegetables mixed with whole grains, protein, one block of cheese and a zingy vinaigrette. Because if there is one thing you must know about me, it’s that I like my wine cheap and my vinaigrettes zingy. But seriously, chewy whole wheat Israeli couscous…crispy radishes…almonds…melt-in-your-mouth feta…creamy lentils…and an entire bag of arugula, you cannot go wrong.

Lentil Israeli Couscous Salad
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 10 minutes

2 2/3 cup whole wheat Israeli couscous
3 1/4 cup water
1 (4-oz) bag arugula
1 cup cooked lentils
1 medium zucchini, quartered
10-12 small to medium radishes, thinly sliced
1 (8-oz) block feta cheese, crumbled
1/3 cup roasted, salted almonds

Lemon Basil Jalapeno Vinaigrette
1/2 cup olive oil
juice + zest of 1 lemon
2 cloves garlic, finely diced
1 jalapeno, deseeded and finely diced
6-8 basil leaves, torn into small pieces
salt + pepper, to taste

In a pot over high heat, bring couscous and salted water to a boil. Put a lid on the pot, and reduce heat to simmer. Continue cooking until couscous has soaked up all the water, about 10 minutes.

In a large bowl, toss cooked couscous, arugula, lentils, zucchini and radishes. Set aside.

To make the vinaigrette, whisk together all ingredients in a glass mason jar or small bowl. Pour over the couscous mixture, and toss to evenly coat salad. Add feta and almonds, tossing one last time. Season with salt + pepper, if desired.

Makes 8 servings

For the Iced Mint Green Tea, steep 8 bags of mint green tea (or 8 T of loose leaf tea) in 8 cups of water in a pitcher overnight. Cut a lemon into 1/4-inch slices. Before serving, add lemon, frozen peaches + frozen strawberries (or any frozen fruit you have on hand).

{ 15 comments }

Danielle July 9, 2012 at 1:00 pm

I want a party in my mouth. Like, seriously. P.S. Look at you! You are becoming such a natural on live television!

Erin July 9, 2012 at 1:14 pm

That’s what I’m talking about! Thank for sharing this salad recipe, girl. I can’t wait to try it out!

janetha [meals & moves] July 9, 2012 at 1:40 pm

SUPA STAR!

Sam @ Better With Sprinkles July 9, 2012 at 1:46 pm

Holly – you are fantastic on tv! Definitely very natural.

I’ll have to try that iced tea – I’ve been getting so bored of drinking water, so that seems like a good way to mix it up a bit :-)

Eileen July 9, 2012 at 1:50 pm

This is also my favorite kind of meal! I love Israeli couscous a ridiculous amount, and the combination with delicious veg and lentils is just perfect.

Megan (Braise the Roof) July 9, 2012 at 1:52 pm

Cold salads are so key to my life right now! That dressing sounds phenomenal- no amount of hot weather will make me stop eating spicy foods. :) And I second the Uncommon Ground sentiment- it’s awesome!

Christine @ Savoury Traveller July 9, 2012 at 2:07 pm

I love this kind of a recipe – it’s a completely balanced meal of all the things I love and it’s a concept with endless variations – just change the grain, change the cheese, change the green or change the vinegar and it’s something different! YUM.

Erin @ erinberries July 9, 2012 at 4:24 pm

This looks delicious! I’m going to have to try to make this sometime soon! Thanks for the recipe!

Katie July 9, 2012 at 4:32 pm

I literally have 6 bags of Israli couscous in my pantry. You are my savior.

carrie (actsofrebellion) July 9, 2012 at 8:17 pm

you’re top notch! can’t wait to try this. ps- was in madison for the farmers market for the first time this year…omg.. i swoon. the spicy cheesy bread from stellas bakery…seriously. are you familiar? what’s your favorite thing at the farmers market?

Lauren July 9, 2012 at 8:33 pm

Remind me to get your autograph when we see each other next month. :)

BroccoliHut July 9, 2012 at 8:35 pm

What a gorgeous dish! I even love the plate you served it on :)
I’m really into adding feta to everything I eat these days, so this is the perfect excuse to get my fix!

sofia July 9, 2012 at 10:07 pm

I love you for the girth comment.

Lauren T July 10, 2012 at 9:36 am

Radishes and couscous are being added to my shopping list right now!

Emily July 11, 2012 at 8:56 pm

Totally just booked tickets for the architecture tour in Chicago for when my parents come!! I’m glad you liked it!!! I’m really excited!

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