Feta Couscous Salad with pear slices

Feta Couscous Salad with pear slices
Prep Time: 20 Minutes

1 cup water
2/3 cup uncooked couscous
1 cup grape tomatoes, halved
3/4 cup (3 oz) crumbled feta cheese with basil and sun-dried tomatoes
3/4 chopped fresh parsley (do NOT substitute dried)
1/4 cup pine nuts (optional)
1 Tbsp dried basil
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup fat free Italian dressing, divided
4 cups spinach leaves (about 1/2 of a 10-oz package)

Place water in a small microwave safe bowl. Microwave at HIGH 1 1/2 minutes or until water boils. Remove from heat, and stir in couscous. Cover and let stand 5 minutes or until liquid is absorbed; fluff with fork. Spoon onto a baking sheet, and spread in a thin layer; let stand 7 minutes or until cool.
Combine tomato, next 5 ingredients, and 1/4 c dressing in a bowl. Add cooled couscous to parsley mixture and toss well.
Combine spinach and 1/4 cup dressing; toss gently. Place spinach mixture on each of 4 individual plates. Top with couscous mixture.

Yield: 4 servings (serving size: 1 cup spinach mixture and 1 cup couscous mixture

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