Couscous and avocado salad with dijon-thyme vinaigrette [Vegan]

Jaymi's Notes:
Great textures, great ingredients, and easy to toss together. What more could you ask for in a salad! This is an excellent salad for a light, healthy lunch. It could also be great to make up on a Sunday evening and have it for quick grab-n-go lunches for work early in the week, though you'll want to eat it within a couple days of making it.

It's also easy to customize this salad based on things you love most -- artichoke hearts, sun-dried tomatoes, almonds, chickpeas, edamame and all sorts of different things could be added in or substituted to make this exactly to your liking.

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© Jaymi Heimbuch

Kelly's Recipe:

I don't know what I was thinking last week when I bought all those avocados.

I chose them all at the same level of ripeness, and suddenly I was having to think about adding avocados to everything, just so they wouldn't go bad. So I did what I usually do, I made a fridge cleaning salad, with avocado as the star.While the couscous was sitting, I checked through the vegetable crisper to see what I could come up with. A bit of this and that, then I added some olives and capers to make it a bit piquant and then added a vinaigrette and we had a light lunch. It was still good the next day, although the avocado got a bit mushy.

Couscous Salad with Avocado

© Jaymi Heimbuch

1 1/2 cups cooked couscous
1 celery rib, chopped
1 green onion, chopped
1/2 roasted red pepper, chopped
1/4 cucumber, chopped
1/2 avocado, chopped
6 olives, sliced
1 tbsp capers, drained
1/4 cup olive oil
1 - 2 tbsp red wine vinegar
1 tbsp Dijon mustard
Stem or two of fresh thyme, leaves removed
Salt and pepper to taste

1. In a large bowl add the cooked couscous, the celery, onion, red pepper, cucumber, avocado, olives and capers.

2. In a small bowl whisk together olive oil, vinegar, mustard and thyme leaves. Taste and add more vinegar if you like. Pour vinaigrette over couscous and vegetables and stir to coat. Add salt and pepper to taste.

© Jaymi Heimbuch

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