Mediterranean Chopped Salad with Israeli Couscous

By • March 4, 2013 • 7 Comments



Author Notes: A huge, healthy chopped salad full of roasted vegetables, chicken, feta cheese, and Israeli couscous, topped with a tangy Greek yogurt-lemon dressing. This makes a HUGE salad for 4 people, and your dollar goes a long way since cheap ingredients like romaine lettuce and couscous add bulk to the salad and fill you up!foxeslovelemons

Serves 4

  • 2 large red or yellow bettes, roots and leaves trimmed
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1/2 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1/4 teaspoon + 1 pinch ground black pepper, divided
  • 1 red bell pepper, quartered
  • 1 yellow bell pepper, quartered
  • 1/2 small red onion, cut into 1/2-inch thick slices
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 pound boneless, skinless chicken thighs or breasts
  • 2 teaspoons Middle Eastern seasoning mix**
  • 1/2 cup Israeli (pearl) couscous
  • 2 heads romaine lettuce, chopped
  • 1/3 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
  1. Preheat oven to 400. Place beets on large piece of foil; drizzle with 1 tablespoon oil. Fold foil over beets and crimp edges to form a tightly-sealed package. Place on rimmed baking pan and roast 45 minutes to 1 hour, or until beets are tender. Let cool 10 minutes, then use paper towel to rub beet skins off.
  2. Meanwhile, in small bowl, stir together yogurt, lemon juice, lemon zest, 1 pinch black pepper and 1 tablespoon oil.
  3. After the beets have been in the oven for 20 minutes, toss bell peppers and onion with 1 tablespoon oil, salt and remaining 1/4 teaspoon black pepper. Transfer to oven on same pan as beets. Roast vegetables 25 minutes or until golden brown and tender, turning once halfway through cooking.
  4. After the vegetables have been in the oven 10 minutes, place chicken on separate rimmed baking pan. Rub chicken with remaining 1 tablespoon oil and seasoning mix. Place chicken in oven; cook 14 to 16 minutes or until internal temperature reaches 165°, turning once halfway through cooking.
  5. Meanwhile, in small saucepot, bring 2/3 cup water to a boil. Stir in couscous; reduce heat to medium-low and simmer uncovered 6 minutes. Cover pan and remove from heat; let stand 10 minutes.
  6. To serve, cut vegetables (including beets) and chicken into 1-inch pieces and transfer to large serving bowl. Add lettuce, feta, parsley, couscous and yogurt mixture, and toss to combine.
  7. **To make your own Middle Eastern seasoning, combine 1 tsp. cumin, 1 tsp. dried oregano, 1 tsp. paprika, 1/2 tsp. coriander, 1/4 tsp. cinnamon and 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves. You will have some of this mix left over for next time if you use this to make the salad.
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over 1 year ago inpatskitchen

This is beautiful...all of my favorite ingredients! And your photo is lovely! And the beets are really Detroit!!

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over 1 year ago foxeslovelemons

Thanks Pat! I grew up in Detroit not knowing that the beets in Greek salad were just a Detroit thing! haha. I ordered a Greek salad elsewhere once, and was sorely disappointed with the lack of beets :)

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over 1 year ago lapadia

One of my favorite type of salads!

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over 1 year ago foxeslovelemons

Mine too :) Anything with beets!

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over 1 year ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Gorgeous salad, love the Middle Eastern seasoning. I would love to stuff in a pita or scoop it up with some warm flat bread. Delicious!

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over 1 year ago foxeslovelemons

Thanks, sdebrango! That's totally what I'm doing today for lunch - stuffing it all in a pita :)

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over 1 year ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

I am going to make it this week, I just love this salad.