I created this Mediterranean salad to pair with a white-blend wine from South Africa. The saltiness of the feta and the freshness of the mint and vegetables made a perfect accompaniment to the citrus and herb notes of the wine. I cut up and dressed the vegetables the night before and then the morning that I was serving the salad, I cooked up the couscous following the directions on the package then tossed it with the vegetables and feta.
Combine red bell pepper, cucumber, scallions, mint leaves, lemon juice, lemon zest, and olive oil in a bowl. Refrigerate 8 hours to overnight.
Bring water to a boil in a saucepan; remove from heat and stir in couscous, butter, and salt. Cover saucepan and let stand until water is absorbed completely, about 5 minutes. Fluff couscous with a fork; place on a baking sheet to cool.
Combine couscous, bell pepper mixture, and feta cheese together in a bowl, stirring with a fork to prevent clumps.
Per Serving: 297 calories; protein 9.9g; carbohydrates 28.1g; fat 16.7g; cholesterol 43.8mg; sodium 504.9mg.