Easy Recipe: Healthy Couscous Salad

As a super healthy eater, I love salads. I’m a huge fan of big leafy greens and will even make side dishes of quinoa salads. Since my son and husband enjoy more hearty meals, I’ve been playing around with different grains. I found that introducing one with a pasta-like consistency such as Israeli couscous opened my family’s mind to try others like quinoa, barley and farro.

This dish was a hit. Filled with beans, I served this to my husband for dinner and he felt satisfied. I’ve also found if I double the ingredients, it can be a side dish at night and leftover lunch the following day.

Easy Recipe: Healthy Couscous Salad

Easy Recipe: Healthy Couscous Salad
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This hearty Israeli Couscous salad can be served as a side or main dish.
Recipe type: Healthy Couscous Salad
Cuisine: Salad
Serves: 2
  • 2 cups organic Israeli couscous (Bob's Red Mill TriColor Pearl Couscous)
  • 1 cup garbanzo beans
  • ¼ cup parsley
  • 3 tbsp. garlic grapeseed oil
  • 1 cup sliced tomatoes
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • *Salt and pepper to taste
  1. Cook Israeli couscous per directions (typically - boil 2½ cups of water, add 2 cups couscous and simmer for 10 minutes)
  2. Let couscous cool for 10 minutes
  3. Sauté garbanzo beans with 1 tbsp. of grapeseed oil on stove-top for 5 minutes (while couscous is cooking)
  4. Mix 2 tbsp. garlic grapeseed oil and lemon juice in couscous
  5. Add garbanzo beans, tomatoes, parsley and mix
  6. Add salt and pepper to taste
  7. Garnish with parsley
This serves as two side dishes or one big meal.

Have you tried Israeli or Pearl Couscous? What’s your favorite grain?

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  1. Yum! My 3 year old LOVED couscous! You should have made this a one new food!!
    Kristen recently posted…15 Sneaky Recipes to Get Kids To Try One New Food

    • Yes, I should have made it a #OneNewFood…In fact, I think my #OneNewFood efforts are targeted more to my husband rather than my child. My son will try anything. It takes a bit more coercion to get my hubby to try and then eat more of something.

  2. This looks so delicious – I love couscous. I found your lovely blog on the SITS Sharefest.
    PS – I also wanted to invite you to hop on board the Great Blog Train (blog hop) – we are traveling to British Columbia CANADA:

  3. We are a quinoa family, but really like couscous as well! This looks delicious!
    Tiffany | A Touch of Grace recently posted…Fresh Strawberry Muffins, Muffin #5

    • I should make quinoa more often because it is filled with more nutrients. I actually love farro, so we’ve been eating a lot of that lately, too.

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