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What do you mix with couscous?

mickeygee Jun 3, 2011 05:30 PM

I love making couscous salads, especially in the summer. I do cucumbers, soaked in balsamic vinegar, radishes, scallions and green peas. But I'm starting to get a little bored and feel like there are hundreds of ideas. But I can't seem to narrow it down and then I just go back to my old standby because I can't make a decision. If you have any favorite couscous salads, I'd love to hear about them.

  1. firecooked Jun 3, 2011 05:39 PM

    Couscous, a lemon-olive oil dressing, with tomatoes, green onions, feta, olives, and parsley or other herb of choice (basil or oregano as those are growing well in my herb garden). Also.. I really like whole wheat couscous (even though I'm not a ww pasta fan).

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    1. re: firecooked
      flynntastic Jun 3, 2011 10:28 PM

      +1 for Feta.
      I've only done it with Israeli Couscous (which I know isn't the same), but could definitely imagine it with "normal" couscous.
      What you described sounds just about perfect. I'm not a fan of "plain" tomatoes, but maybe sun-dried would work here?

      1. re: flynntastic
        firecooked Jun 8, 2011 10:26 AM

        This is something that calls for "good" tomatoes... I think that sun-dried would be fabulous, also, I often use some chopped red pepper instead -- especially when you can't get good tomatoes. As a bonus, the salad holds better when you don't use fresh tomatoes.

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      ferret Jun 3, 2011 06:53 PM

      I make tabouleh with it. Lots of finely chopped parsley with some mint (there's no absolute proportion), red peppers, cucumber and scallions, all in a fine dice. Toss with lemon juice and olive oil in a 2/1 ratio, salt and pepper to taste. Quinoa can also be used in the place of the couscous.

      1. enbell Jun 3, 2011 09:33 PM

        Try mixing in preach or pineapple salsa, other combinations of dried fruit. Use in place of rice in stuffed bell pepper recipes, and Israeli Couscous in Asian dished instead of rice. A simple basil or cilantro pesto is good as well.

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        1. re: enbell
          sedimental Jun 3, 2011 09:44 PM

          + 1 on dried fruit. Amp up the sweet/salty thing. It doesn't have to be golden raisins- I add dried cherries. Yum.

        2. mandarin Jun 4, 2011 03:35 AM

          I had a fantastic salad in Las Vegas (of all places) - it was a Moroccan salad with Cous cous pomegranite, coriander, sweet roasted pumpkin, spinach leaves, chicken and a champagne vinaigrette. Wow - I wish I had the exact recipe. But it was different ....and delicious..

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            magiesmom Jun 4, 2011 04:54 AM

            slices of grilled lamb, harissa, vidalia onion

            1. weezieduzzit Jun 4, 2011 09:24 AM

              We've done Giada's fried couscous salad a couple off times now and really like it.

              We add more of all of the ingredients than listed in the recipe, its just our preference to have the fresh things to couscous ratio higher. The toasty nutty texture is really nice, we've been using whole wheat couscous as well. It is best at room temp.


              1. Emme Jun 4, 2011 11:07 AM

                i like to do grape tomatoes, marinated cippolini or cocktail onions, currants, fresh basil, lime juice, dash of olive oil, bit of seasoned rice wine vinegar, S & P... sometime served over arugula or with shredded roasted chicken. i'm not generally a fan of sweet/savory (ie raisins or currants in savory dishes), but i like the combo of the lime and the rice vinegar and currants... you can also add a bit of honey if you want it slightly sweeter.

                1. ipsedixit Jun 4, 2011 11:47 AM

                  Chopped nuts

                  Roasted veggies, chopped

                  Goji berries and pumpkin seeds

                  Water chestnuts

                  But if I'm alone and cooking for myself? Fried egg and a big dollop of peanut butter, slight warmed.

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