You’ve probably noticed by now that whenever I make salads recipes such as the Non-Dairy Stuffed Avocado BLT Salad or the North African Cucumber Salad, they are rich both in ingredients and flavors but still work well as healthy meal options. Nothing beats an all in one meal which combines deliciousness and healthiness. This hearty pearl couscous salad is no exception, it was inspired by a gift I received last year; a beautiful Turkish serving dish with intricate hand decorations.
Thinking about what to serve in this dish led me to creating a recipe for couscous, a North African and Middle Eastern carbohydrate made from semolina. I choose the pearl(Israeli) couscous instead of the regular type because I love the larger balls though regular couscous can be used for this recipe as well. The other ingredients were creatively added as I went long with the goal of creating a healthy salad which has a balance of carbohydrates, proteins, vegetable and lots of vitamins.
A hearty and healthy pearl( Israeli) couscous salad filled with vegetables and herbs.
- 1 ½ cup pearl ( Israeli) couscous
- 2 tbsp butter
- 1 bay leaf dried
- ½ onion medium size, chopped
- 2 cups vegetable broth*
- ½ tsp salt
- 1 cup red grapes halved
- 1 cup cherry tomatoes halved
- 1 cup black beans cooked
- 1 Cucumber diced
- ½ cup parsley minced
- 1 lemon
- salt to taste
- Black pepper to taste
Cut and chop all vegetable and fruit ingredients
Melt butter in the skillet and turn heat to medium.
Add chopped onion and bay leaf. Sauté for about 1 min to release flavors.
Add couscous and stir until it turns light brown, this takes about 3- 5 minutes.
Add 1/2 cup of the broth and cook for 5-10 (stirring every 2 minutes to avoid getting the couscous to stick to the sauce pan until the water evaporates and the couscous is soft). Add the remaining 1/2 cup of the stock as needed to achieve desired softness.
Set couscous aside to cool for appx 10 min.
Add tomatoes, grapes, beans and parsley
Season with salt and pepper. Squeeze the lemon on top of the salad and mix all the ingredients well.
Serve and enjoy!!!
*If you do not have vegetable broth, you can also substitute with 2 cups of water and 1 tsp of vegetable stock