Pearl Couscous Salad

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This pearled couscous salad is one of my favorite nourishing meal preps! It’s loaded with my favorite flavors like turmeric, feta cheese, fresh veggies and a dijon vinaigrette.

pearl couscous salad

Pearl Couscous Salad

Pearl couscous, aka Israeli couscous, is one of my favorite types of pastas. It’s so versatile, and tastes delicious in this mediterranean inspired salad.

The couscous is toasted in olive oil, then cooked with turmeric, salt and cinnamon. It’s tossed together with fresh vegetables like cucumbers, tomatoes and onion, herbs like parsley and mint, and some feta cheese for added fat and flavor.

pearl couscous salad

Pasta salads are one of my absolute favorite meal preps for the week because they’re an easy lunch to pack for work, and really simple to make.

I love serving this couscous salad cold or at room temperature. The chickpeas add some protein, so you can serve it on its own as a well-balanced meal!

pearl couscous salad

How to make pearl couscous salad

  1. Prepare your pearl couscous by toasting it in a pan with olive oil until brown. Mix in the spices then add in the water. Bring it to a boil and cook the couscous until all of the water is absorbed
  2. Once the couscous cools, toss it together with all of the chopped veggies
  3. Mix your simple dressing together, then toss it into the salad
  4. Garnish with extra herbs and feta cheese, and enjoy throughout the week!
israeli couscous

This pearl couscous salad is easy to make, packed with nutrients, and loaded with delicious flavor. The longer it sits, the better it tastes so you can prepare it early in the week for a healthy meal prep.

israeli couscous

You guys are going to love this simple recipe! Be sure to tag me on Instagram if you try it 🙂

What to serve with your pearl couscous salad:

Lemon Pepper Tofu

Citrus & Herb Salmon

Lemon Butter Fish

Honey Jalapeno Salmon

Pearl Couscous Salad

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Course: Main
Servings

4-6

servings
Prep time

10

minutes
Cooking time

15

minutes
Total time

25

minutes

Ingredients

  • Turmeric Couscous
  • 1 1/2 cups pearl couscous, also called Israeli couscous

  • 1 3/4 cups water

  • 1 tbsp olive oil

  • 1 tsp turmeric

  • 1/2 tsp salt

  • 1/8 tsp cinnamon

  • Salad
  • 2 persian cucumbers, chopped

  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, chopped

  • 1 can chickpeas drained and rinsed, 15 oz

  • 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese

  • 1/4 red onion, chopped

  • 1/4 cup parsley, chopped

  • 2 tbsp fresh mint leaves, chopped

  • Dressing
  • 1/4 cup olive oil

  • Juice from 1 lemon

  • 1 tbsp dijon mustard

  • 2 tbsp red wine vinegar

  • 1 clove garlic, crushed

  • Salt & pepper

Directions

  • Add the pearled couscous to a pot with 1 tbsp of olive oil. Toast on medium heat for 2-3 minutes, until the couscous is slightly browned.
  • Add in the turmeric, cinnamon and salt and toss together with the toasted couscous for another minute.
  • Pour the water into the pot, cover it and bring it to a boil. Once boiling, reduce to simmer and cook for 10-12 minutes, until all of the water is absorbed.
  • Once done, set aside and let cool for 10 minutes. Fluff with a fork and adjust salt if needed.
  • Mix the dressing together and toss it with the salad.
  • When the couscous has cooled, add it to a large bowl and add all of the salad toppings.
  • Top with fresh parsley and extra feta cheese.
  • Leftovers will stay fresh in the fridge for up to 5-6 days. You can serve this cold or at room temp.

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