Couscous Salad with French Lentils

2 cups couscous, cooked according to package directions (should be al dente)
1 cup French lentils, cooked (see “Lentils” recipe for cooking directions)
¼ cup each of chopped orange, yellow, and red bell pepper
¼ cup chopped green onions
1 cup fresh tomatoes, cut into bite-sized pieces

¼ cup Penzeys Country French Vinaigrette dressing (prepared according to package directions)*
1 clove garlic, crushed
¼ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon Dijon mustard
½ teaspoon basil
1 teaspoon jam or preserves (ex. raspberry, apricot, or blackberry)
1 Tablespoon apple cider or white wine vinegar
2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

Put all dressing ingredients in a small bowl and whisk thoroughly.  Let sit for 15 minutes.  Gradually whisk in olive oil.  If it is too acidic for your taste, add more olive oil until satisfactory.

Fluff couscous with fork.  Add chopped vegetables except for tomatoes.  Lightly rinse and drain lentils.  Toss lentils with couscous/vegetable mixture.  (Mixing with a large fork or slotted spoon will keep it from sticking together.)  Add tomatoes and dressing at the same time; toss lightly until combined.   

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