Chopped Salad with Chicken, Couscous, & Vegetables


1 cup (packed) fresh basil leaves

1 cup mayonnaise

1 shallot, halved

1 cup buttermilk

1 Tablespoon fresh lemon juice


Blend basil leaves, mayonnaise, and shallot in processor until smooth.  Gradually blend in buttermilk and lemon juice.  Season dressing to taste with salt & pepper.

(Can be made 1 day ahead. Cover and refrigerate.)


1/3 cup grated Asiago cheese

1/3 cup dried currants

1/3 cup shelled pumpkin seeds

1 – 10oz. package plain couscous, cooked according to package instructions. (about 5 cups)

3 cups baby arugula

2 cups grape or cherry tomatoes, sliced in half

2 cups fresh corn kernels (from about 2 ears)


Toss all ingredients together with dressing.


(Big party pleaser. Great to serve at luncheons)

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