homemade Italian dressing

ITALIAN SALAD DRESSING OR MARINADE

1 1/3 cups olive or vegetable oil
1/3 cup red wine vinegar
1/4 tsp. whole peppercorns
pinch of hot pepper flakes
3 cloves garlic
1/4 teaspoon rosemary
1/4 teaspoon oregano
1/4 teaspoon basil
1/2 teaspoon salt, or to taste
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Process all ingredients in a blender til smooth, or mince the garlic and whisk together.

To make a flavorful marinade, double the herbs, add another clove or two of garlic and process in blender. To make a French vinaigrette, add 1 tsp. mustard.

Submitted by: CM

I’m sorry, whoever I copied this from. I lost your link : (

This is for the recipe I will soon be making to go with the pita bread I made today in previous post.

from Vegetarian Homestyle Cooking book:

Couscous Chick Pea Salad

1 c. dry couscous
1 can garbanzo beans, rinsed and drained (or black beans plus 1 tsp. cumin)
1 red bell pepper, chopped
2 Tbsp. chopped fresh parsley
1 cucumber, peeled, sliced and quartered
2 medium tomatoes, chopped
1 grated carrot
1/4 tsp. ssalt
pepper to taste
1/2 c. Italian dressing

Prepare couscous. In medium bowl combine couscous with all ingredients, except Italian dressing. Coat with Italian dressing and toss to blend. Serve chillded.

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