E’s Couscous Salad


1 box Near East® Original Couscous

2 cups vegetable broth

1 T olive oil

1 cucumber diced

1 package green onions chopped

1 tomato diced

1 can black olives diced

1/2 cup red pepper diced

1 cup feta crumbled*

2 T olive oil

Paul Newman® Italian Dressing

Salt and pepper

Pine nuts toasted


Serves 6-8

Bring broth and oil to boil. Add couscous then cover and remove from heat. Let stand for 5 minutes then remove cover and fluff. Concurrently add all vegetables, Feta, and black olives to salad bowl and toss with Italian dressing and set them aside to marinate.  Add couscous to vegetables . Add olive oil and mix. Add additional Italian dressing to sufficiently coat and season salad. I add a few tablespoons at a time so ingredients are coated but not drowning. Salt and pepper to taste. Serve with pine nuts sprinkled on the top.


We serve this with grilled salmon, corn salsa,and a huge green salad. For dessert frozen raspberry jam with vanilla ice cream.

*President® Feta and Greek fetas are recommended. Drier with a nice crumble for salads. Danish types are creamier


Kale Cannellini Bean Soup


2 T of olive oil

8 cloves garlic chopped

1 T Cento tomato paste

2  t dried oregano

1/4 t of red pepper flakes

3 T red wine vinegar

2 cans cannellini beans drained and washed

4 cup of vegetable broth

1 bunch of kale with large ribs removed and rough chop

Salt and black pepper


Heat olive oil In large fry pan. Add garlic and finely crumbled oregano. Cook  2 minutes. Add pepper flakes, tomato paste, and red wine vinegar and cook  2 minutes. Add cannellini  beans and vegetable broth and gently bring to simmer. Season with salt and pepper. Add kale and simmer covered for 1 hour.

Serve with toasted rosemary bread.