Couscous and Asparagus Summer Salad

Perfect complement to your favorite grilled meat, poultry, or seafood.

1 clove garlic
3 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
1 tsp Dijon mustard
1/2 cup Vera Jane's Extra-Virgin Olive Oil
Sea salt and freshly ground pepper
2½ cups Bowman & Landes Chicken Broth
2 cups Rustichella d'Abruzzo Fregola Sarda (toasted pasta aka Israeli Couscous)
2 cups asparagus spears, 1-inch pieces, blanched 2 minutes (about 1½ lb)
1 English cucumber, seeded, cut into ¾-inch cubes
1/2 cup Kalamata olives, pitted and halved
2 large green onions, chopped
1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
1/4 cup fresh mint leaves, chopped, plus sprigs for garnish
6 oz feta cheese, coarsely crumbled (optional)

Press garlic clove into small bowl. Add lemon juice and mustard; whisk in oil. Season dressing with salt and pepper. Bring the broth to boil in a medium saucepan. Mix in pasta. Cover, reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer until pasta is tender and all broth is absorbed, about 10 minutes. Transfer pasta to a large bowl; sprinkle with salt and pepper. Cool to room temperature, tossing occasionally, about 45 minutes (TIP: to shorten cooling time, spread pasta on a cookie sheet and place in refrigerator for about 15 to 20 minutes).

Mix asparagus, cucumber, olives, green onions, tomatoes, and chopped mint into pasta. Add dressing; toss. Gently mix in cheese, if desired.

Makes 8 servings

Per serving: 258 calories; 19g total fat; 2g saturated fat; 3mg cholesterol; 230mg sodium; 17g total carbohydrates; 7g protein;

Allergy Warning: Contains MilkContains Wheat

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