It’s been a crazy back to school season and all I want to do is go back to summer. However, one of the upsides to school starting means that I’m back in my own apartment with more people to cook for, and my own little basil plant! I decided to make good use of it so I whipped up this pearl couscous salad and let me warn you – it’s highly addictive. If some of you have never cooked with pearl couscous before, it is essentially normal couscous on a much larger scale. It looks like little balls of pasta and it tastes like pasta – so even if you don’t like normal couscous you would probably like this.
- 2/3 c. whole wheat pearl couscous
- 5 tsp. EVOO
- handful of basil (about 15-20 leaves)
- 1 sprig of rosemary
- 2 cloves garlic
- juice from one lemon
- handful of chopped red onion (about 1/4 c.)
- salt & pepper
YIELDS 2 side dishes or 1 main dish
Start by cooking the pearl couscous according to its instructions. Then put your lemon juice, garlic, basil, EVOO and rosemary into a food processor and blend!
Just stir the herb dressing over the couscous and add in chopped red onion. You’re done – easiest recipe ever.
Everything tastes so fresh and flavorful in this couscous salad, which is why I love it so much! Eat it up at 304 calories a serving! This would be a great side to pair with baked fish or grilled chicken!