Lentil, Strawberry, and Couscous Salad
with balsamic vinaigrette
This salad is a breeze to put together thanks to the convenience of canned lentils. Plus, it's full of delicious textures and flavor with strawberries, couscous, walnuts, and avocado. Dressed with a sweet and tart balsamic vinaigrette, it's the perfect complement to peppery arugula.
Smarts: We double the couscous for tomorrow night's dinner.
- Strawberries - 12 oz
- Lentils (14oz / 397g) - 1 can
- Avocado, large - 1 , cubed
- Walnuts - 4 oz , crushed
- Feta - 2 oz , crumbled
- Arugula - 5 oz
- Shallots - 1 clove , diced
- Vinegar, balsamic - 2 1/2 Tbsp
- Mustard, dijon - 2 tsp
- Maple syrup - 2 tsp
- Oil, cooking - 6 Tbsp
- Couscous, uncooked - 1 1/3 cup
- Water - 2 cups
- Salt - 1/2 tsp
- Butter - 1 1/2 Tbsp
Make balsamic vinaigrette - Dice shallots. Whisk together shallots, balsamic vinegar, Dijon mustard, maple syrup, and oil. Season to taste with salt and pepper. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead and refrigerated)
Cook couscous - This makes enough for 2 nights. Combine water, salt, and butter in a saucepan. Cover and bring to boil. Remove from heat. Stir in couscous and cover with lid. Let stand for ~5 minutes before fluffing with a fork. Reserve 2 cups / 470mL / 314g of cooked couscous for tomorrow night’s dinner. (Can be done up to 4 days ahead)
Strawberries - Slice.
Lentils - Drain and rinse.
Avocado - Cube.
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You can serve salad like a Cobb Salad by layering lentils, strawberries, avocado, couscous (again, make sure you’ve reserved 2 cups / 470mL / 314g cooked for Tuesday’s dinner), walnuts, and feta over arugula and then drizzle with vinaigrette. You can also toss everything together and then serve. Enjoy!