Couscous and Shrimp Pesto Salad with Parmesan Cheese

Servings: 6


1 package (6 ounces) couscous mix
1 cup packed fresh basil
1/4 pine nuts or walnuts, toasted
1/4 cup (3/4 ounce) grated Wisconsin parmesan cheese
3 tablespoons olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 package (8 ounces) frozen precooked shrimp, cleaned, thawed
1 red bell pepper, chopped into 1/2 inch pieces
Lemon wedges
Wisconsin Parmesan cheese, grated

Cooking Directions:

In a medium saucepan, prepare couscous according to package directions, omitting olive oil. Fluff prepared couscous lightly with a fork; cool, uncovered, for 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, in a food processor or blender, combine basil, nuts, cheese, olive oil and garlic; process for 1 minute or until smooth. In a large bowl, combine prepared couscous and pesto, tossing to coat evenly. Gently stir in shrimp and bell pepper. Cover; chill at least 2 hours before serving. Serve with lemon wedges and additional cheese, if desired.

Note: To toast nuts, heat skillet over medium heat. Add nuts; shake skillet frequently until nuts are lightly browned.

Variation: For more flavor, use roasted garlic and olive oil couscous mix.

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