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My mom and sister just went to Giada’s book signing today in Arlington, VA – so jealous!!!  I’ve been a huge fan of hers ever since I returned from my summer in Italy in 2003 and fell in love with cooking.  I think I started watching her show during her second season on the food network.  Eventually I just started watching everyone on the food network – but Giada was the first 🙂  This mediterranean cous-cous salad is not a Giada recipe, but she did inspire me to use some of her favorite ingredients:  grilled eggplant, lemons, basil and parsley, and of course good extra virgin olive oil.  If you don’t have cous-cous, whole wheat pasta will work too.

Ingredients:

  • 1 small eggplant cut into 1 in. rings
  • 10 medium size shrimp (I got lucky and found wild gulf shrimp)
  • 1/2 bag spinach
  • 2/3 cup Cous-cous (for 2 servings)
  • 4-5 basil leaves (lay them flat on top of each other, roll, then thinly slice)
  • 1 handful parsley, minced
  • feta cheese
  • 1 lemon
  • pita bread – toasted with olive oil, salt, and pepper
  • Olive Oil
  • red wine vinegar

Directions:

1)  Cook cous-cous according to directions.

2)  Toss shrimp and eggplant with olive oil, salt, pepper.  Grill eggplant on medium/ high heat for 2 minutes per side (until you see grill marks).  Once cooked, roughly chop into 1 in. pieces.  Grill shrimp for 2-3 minutes per side – depending on the size of the shrimp (ours were huge!).

3)  Toast pita bread (sliced in wedges) with olive oil, salt, and pepper in 400 degree oven for about 8-10 minutes.  Keep an eye on them to make sure they don’t burn

4)  Begin layering salad.  Place spinach on the bottom, then add couscous, eggplant, shrimp, herbs, feta, lemon juice, 2 tbs. olive oil, a splash of red wine vinegar, salt and pepper to taste.

Buon Appetito!

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