‘Have a Ball’ Summer Salad

Salad with tomatoes, cucumbers, olives, couscous, basil and mozzarella balls all in ball shape in wood bowl

Here is the recipe for my”Have A Ball!” Summer Salad, my entry in the Ball Bowl competition my friends held last night.

As you may know, the concept for this salad was born from having foods all in a round (ball) shape. I honestly think if I were ever to do it again, I might cup all of the ingredients in half, simple because it is easier to spear them with a fork. This form created a few flying tomato incidents! But nevertheless, it was an easy, zesty summer salad with a Mediterranean flair featuring Israeli couscous and chopped summer vegetables.

Salad with tomatoes, cucumbers, olives, couscous, basil and mozzarella balls all in ball shape in wood bowl

 ‘Have a Ball’ Summer Salad
INGREDIENTS
  • 1 cup of Israeli couscous (cook, drain, and chill)
  • 3 English cucumbers – peel and use a melon baller to create “cucumber balls”
  • 1 cup of cherry tomatoes
  • 1 cup yellow summer tomatoes
  • 1 cup kalamata olives (pitted, whole, not sliced)
  • 1 cup black olives (pitted, whole, not sliced)
  • 1 tub of Bocconcini mozerella balls (drained)

Dressing

  • 3 handfuls of basil leaves – minced
  • 1 handful of parsley – minced
  • 3 tbs olive oil plus 1 tsp olive oil
  • 2 tbs balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tsp fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 tsp finely minced garlic
  • black pepper to taste
  • salt to taste

Combine all the ingredients in a bowl, toss, and enjoy!

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