by Susan Hanna

This is a delicious vegetarian salad from Bon Appetit that feeds a crowd. Cook Israeli couscous, which is small pasta about the size of peas. Grill fresh corn and slices of Halloumi cheese (or cook in a cast iron or grill pan on top of the stove). Remove the kernels from the cobs and toss with the couscous, halloumi, scallions, herbs and toasted walnuts. Toss with a lemon and wine vinegar dressing and enjoy.

Serves 8

Avoiding Additives and Preservatives

Check the nuts and Halloumi for preservatives. I used Eden Organic red wine vinegar. Use freshly squeezed lemon juice. For more recipes using all-natural ingredients, visit Eye For a Recipe.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup (250 ml) walnuts
  • 1 cup (250 ml) Israeli couscous
  • Kosher salt
  • 4 ears of corn, husked
  • 2 tablespoons (30 ml) plus ¼ cup (60 ml) olive oil, divided
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 8 ounces (226 g) Halloumi cheese, sliced lengthwise ¾-inch (1.9-cm) thick
  • 3 scallions, thinly sliced
  • ½ cup (125 ml) coarsely chopped fresh parsley
  • ¼ cup (60 ml) basil leaves
  • ¼ cup (60 ml) mint leaves
  • 2 tablespoons (30 ml) fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons (30 ml) or more white wine vinegar

Preparation:

  • Preheat oven to 350 F (177 C). Toast walnuts on a rimmed baking sheet, tossing once, until golden brown, 8–10 minutes. Let cool, then coarsely chop.
  • Cook Israeli couscous in a large pot of boiling salted water according to package directions. Drain (do not rinse) and spread out on a baking sheet to let cool.
  • Prepare a grill for medium-high heat. Rub corn with 1 Tbsp. (15 ml) oil; season with salt and pepper. Grill, turning occasionally, until lightly charred and tender, 8–10 minutes. Transfer to a platter and let cool.
  • Meanwhile, brush cheese with 1 Tbsp. (15 ml) oil and grill, turning once, until lightly charred in spots, about 5 minutes. Transfer to platter with corn; let cool.
  • Cut kernels from cobs and place in a large bowl. Add scallions, parsley, basil, mint, walnuts, and couscous. Using your hands, tear Halloumi into bite-size pieces; add to bowl and toss to combine. Add lemon juice, vinegar, and remaining ¼ cup (60 ml) oil. Toss to coat; season with salt, pepper, and more vinegar, if desired.

From Bon Appetit