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Pearl Couscous Salad

Pearl couscous are also known as Israeli couscous and can be found in most markets.  They are plumper and larger than the regular kind of couscous and almost like a pasta.  This side dish is one of our favorites here in the Roque house.  My son Cristian actually begs me to make this for him, which I find to be so bizarre considering he cannot stand to eat healthy food (an aversion he has had since the age of 4).  Needless to say when he requests this one, I happily oblige.  For all of my vegetarians out there, this could be a wonderful main dish by adding some toasted pine nuts and zucchini.


Serves 4-6


  • 1 box pearl couscous
  • 1 jar roasted red pepper, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup corn (freshly roasted and cut off of the cob is great)
  • handful fresh basil, chopped
  • 1 cup grape tomatoes, halved
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 6 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1.)  Cook the couscous according to package instructions, rinse, drain, and let cool.  When cool, place couscous in a serving bowl and add all other ingredients and toss to combine.