Summer Pearl Couscous Salad

I tossed this delicious, quick salad together for a summer bbq potluck, using what I happened to have on hand. It comes together easily using a pre-made salad dressing and Trader Joe's Harvest Grain Blend. It's an unseasoned, dried mix of pearl couscous, orzo, dried garbanzo beans and red quinoa.  Pearl (also called Israeli) couscous has a mildly chewy texture, with a slightly nutty flavor, made from semolina or wheat flour. It's like eating tiny little balls of pasta.

Summer Pearl Couscous Salad 

1 package Trader Joe's Harvest Grains Blend (16oz) or  2 cups pearl (Israeli) couscous
3-1/2 cups water
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 clove fresh garlic, smashed
1/4 cup sweet onion, finely chopped
1-1/2 cups fresh Italian parsley, chopped
1 cup fresh basil leaves, chopped
1 cup sun dried tomatoes in olive oil, chopped
2 cups fresh baby spinach, chopped
1 bottle Annie's Naturals Organic Red Wine & Olive Oil Vinaigrette
Salt & Pepper

In medium saucepan, boil water. Add entire package of grains, garlic and olive oil. 
Bring to a boil again, stir, then simmer, covered for 10 minutes. Remove from heat. Drain if necessary.

Move grains into a large glass or steel bowl, and chill in the refrigerator or freezer, stirring occasionally, until cold.
Once chilled, add to grain mix all of the remaining ingredients and stir gently until combined..
Serve chilled or room temperature.

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