Pearl Couscous with Roasted Vegetables is a healthy alternative to traditional pasta salads. Go against the grain by serving this summer salad at your next get together.
What is pearl couscous?
Couscous is a Mediterranean pasta that comes in a variety of styles, including large Israeli couscous also known as pearled couscous, and the smallest grained Moroccan couscous.
Pearl couscous is not a grain. In fact it’s made from a mix of wheat flour, semolina and water.
These mini round pearls have a unique nutty flavor and are used like rice, pasta or any other whole grain.
Is pearl couscous with roasted vegetables healthy?
Yes if you add plenty of vegetables!
Choose bell peppers, sweet or red onion, cherry tomatoes, green zucchinis or any of your favorite veggies fresh from your local farmer’s market.
Regular couscous is a simple carbohydrate that is high in selenium, an antioxidant that helps fight inflammation.
It’s considered healthier than pasta because it is made with whole wheat flour.
It has fewer calories per serving than brown rice and other regular pasta.
If you’re looking for a healthy alternative with great nutritional benefits then this is the “pasta” for you.
Toss it with lots of flavors including a roasted vegetable mixture of your choice, some dried or fresh herbs, a little extra virgin olive oil and lemon juice.
There is absolutely no guilt eating this delicious and healthy side salad.
How to make couscous with roasted vegetables
It’s really rather simple. First, pick up a box of flavored couscous at the grocery store or follow these directions if buying couscous by the bag.
For each cup of dry couscous you’ll use 1 1/4 cups of water.
Add a half a teaspoon of kosher or sea salt and a drizzle of olive oil or a pad of butter.
Next, bring a medium pot of water to a boil and add the couscous, giving it a quick stir with a spoon before reducing the heat to medium heat and simmering uncovered for about 10 minutes.
Then, fluff the couscous with a fork since it tends to bind together during the cooking process.
Chop a red bell pepper or yellow bell pepper, asparagus, squash and zucchini into bite sized pieces. Mix the vegetable in a medium bowl with olive oil and herbs.
Spread the coated vegetables on a large baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes in a preheated oven at medium-high heat.
Once caramelized remove from the oven.
Transfer the veggies to a large serving bowl, add in the cooked couscous.
Finally, mix the couscous with the roasted veggies, adding fresh lemon juice and a few tablespoons of oil.
Enjoy this great dish as a vegetarian meal or a simple side dish.
Can you eat leftover couscous?
Store the couscous in the fridge for up to three days. Also, it can sit at room temperature for a few hours.
Although it is delicious cold, you can reheat it in the microwave or on the stove.
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Easy Pearl Couscous with Roasted Vegetables Recipe
- 1 box Pearl Couscous, about 1 cup dry couscous
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1/2 bunch asparagus
- 1/2 sweet onion, chopped
- 1 sweet bell pepper, sliced
- 1 small zucchini, sliced
- 1 small yellow squash, sliced
- 2 carrots, sliced
- 1 tablespoon Herbs de Provence
- 1/2 cup grape tomatoes, halved
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- Cook the couscous according to the package directions.
- Preheat the oven to 450°F. Meanwhile add all the sliced vegetables except the tomatoes to a bowl. Add 2 tablespoons of olive oil, 1 tablespoon of herbs and toss to coat well.
- Spread the vegetables on a foil lined baking sheet and roast for 20 minutes or until the vegetables have caramelized.
- Add the roasted vegetables and the prepared couscous to a serving bowl and add the sliced tomatoes, 1 tablespoon olive oil and lemon juice and mix well. Garnish with fresh basil.
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