Deliciously delightful summery southwesterny couscous salad

21 Jun


My oldest sister made this delicious couscous salad and shared some with me. I’ve made it once myself and aside from all the chopping, it is not a lot of work. Plus it’s delicious, so it’s worth a little effort in the end.  I don’t remember what she called it, so feel free to give it your own delightfully delicious moniker.

1 cup uncooked couscous
1 1/4 cup chicken broth
3 T. olive oil
2 T. lime juice
1 tsp. red wine vinegar
1/2 tsp. cumin
8 green onions, chopped
1 red bell pepper, chopped
1/4 cup cilantro
1 cup frozen corn, thawed
2 cans (15 oz) black beans, rinsed and drained
salt/pepper to taste

**I completely forgot to mention that I like to throw in a couple of avocados as well. If you toss it into the dressing with the lime juice before mixing the rest of the ingredients in, the avocado pieces will stay nice and green, even for a couple of days in the refrigerator.

I like to top mine with tri-color tortilla strips. Yummm…

Boil broth, add in couscous, cover and remove from heat and let stand for 5 minutes.

Whisk oil, juice, vinegar and cumin together. Add to rest of ingredients and toss to coat.

Fluff the couscous, breaking up the chunks, and add to the rest. Season with salt & pepper.

It makes quite a bit. I made a recipe and a half, using one full box of Near East plain couscous, and I filled 1 1/2  largish tupperware bowls (not the huge one, but the half-size hugish one).

My older girls loved it, but the men of the house were less impressed. They seemed to think the couscous made it taste too “healthy”.  I would happily eat it as a meal by itself, but I served it with grilled chicken to give the boys some meat.


Do you have any delightful summery recipes to share? Something new or an old favorite?


4 Responses to “Deliciously delightful summery southwesterny couscous salad”

  1. foo4luv June 21, 2012 at 3:28 pm #

    I assume you meant to type “uncooked” rather than “unlocked”.
    Sounds and looks tasty.

  2. bythelbs June 21, 2012 at 3:32 pm #

    Yes, that would make sense. I copied it straight from the text she sent and her phone is notorious for it’s autocorrect. (One time it substituted “veal” for “crap”.) I don’t know anything about coucous and assumed “unlocked” was a special term for “uncooked”. Ha!

    • thewoobdog June 22, 2012 at 6:07 am #

      Speaking of spellchecks, my husband once texted me (in reply to a text I’d sent him asking whether he and our neighbor were going to wing night at a local restaurant): “Think so. Not sure what time we are lesbian though.”

      (I hope it’s obvious that the word was intended to be “leaving” LOL)

  3. thewoobdog June 22, 2012 at 6:02 am #

    Ooooh, sounds goooood! I make a couscous salad with ham and pineapple in it (and a dijon-pineapple juice dressing), but this sounds better (I mostly make the other one because my husband likes it so much – this one sounds like it would be a winner for BOTH of us).

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