Tuscan-Style Couscous Salad

by Melissa on August 9, 2009

I have really started to enjoy eating couscous this summer. It is so easy to make and the flavor combinations are endless. This recipe is light and delicious, perfect for the dog days of summer. The only changes I made were to use slivered almonds instead of pine nuts ( I thought I had some, but did not), lightly cook the red onion when toasting the garlic (I don’t like raw onion) and I threw in some sun-dried tomatoes since I had them on hand.


Tuscan-Style Couscous Salad

  • 1½ cups couscous
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • ½ cup pine nuts
  • 1 (15-ounce) can small white beans such as navy or Great Northern, rinsed well and
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved
  • ¾ cup shredded fresh basil
  • 1 small red onion, slivered
  • Dressing:
  • 3 garlic cloves, unpeeled
  • ⅓ cup lemon juice
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • Generous seasoning freshly ground pepper
  • 3 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil

Place the couscous and turmeric in a large bowl and mix. Pour on the boiling water, stir, and immediately cover the bowl with a large plate. Let sit for 10 minutes. Remove the cover and fluff the couscous with a fork. Let cool.

Place the pine nuts and unpeeled garlic cloves in a small skillet and toast over medium heat, tossing often, until golden, about 5 minutes. Watch them carefully because they can easily burn. Let the pine nuts cool, then mix them into the couscous along with the beans, tomatoes, basil, and red onion.

Mince the garlic. Place the dressing ingredients in a jar with a tight-fitting lid and shake vigorously. Pour over the couscous mixture and toss well. Let marinate at least 30 minutes before serving. Cover and chill if longer than 30 minutes. Serve at room temperature.

Source: The Way the Cookie Crumbles, who adapted it from Vegetarian Classics.

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{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

snooky doodle August 9, 2009 at 2:15 pm

I love couscous and this one sounds delicious! I m not a big fan of raw onion either.


megan August 9, 2009 at 9:14 pm

I love couscous! You can add practically anything to it. I like it with a fruit like mango or pineapple mixed in with raisens. Your looks fantastic. I’ll have to bookmark it. :)


Jessica August 9, 2009 at 9:27 pm

Looks beautiful!! Love the picture!


BMK August 10, 2009 at 7:04 am

Couscous is one of my favorites! I love the flavor combinations of this dish. Perfect for summer.


Kate August 10, 2009 at 1:55 pm

I love couscous, but I’ve never had such a light summery version of it. I usually go for a heavier winter kind of couscous.


Erin August 11, 2009 at 9:21 pm

I saw this when Bridget originally posted, and I”m soooo glad you reminded me! This sounds like a perfect summery vegetarian dinner, especially for bringing on a picnic.


Kerstin August 15, 2009 at 10:59 pm

This sounds delicious! I love all the ingredients. I don’t like raw onions either!


Marguerite August 18, 2009 at 2:12 pm

YUM! This looks delish!


Kim July 7, 2010 at 10:03 am

We love cous cous. Looks perfect! Love the flavors.


Melissa July 7, 2010 at 10:46 am

Thanks! I really love this recipe in the summer!


Carmen August 31, 2010 at 10:34 pm

I love this salad but sub the red onion for slivered shallots. This recipe has not only been a big hit here at home but is a favorite at every potluck I attend.

Thanks for sharing.


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