Archive for June, 2010

Summer pasta salad: Carrot and Pearled Couscous

Posted in salads, Sides with tags , , , on June 14, 2010 by Rosalini

Quick, sweet and savory. Perfect for a light summer meal, or as a side with grilled fish or poultry. I would add fresh summer tomatoes, but they aren’t quite in season yet. I think any fresh veggies on hand would be good.

6 oz. package pearled couscous
1.5 cups shredded carrot
1 cup sweet corn sliced off the cob
1/2 red bell pepper, diced
1 T. extra virgin olive oil
2 T. apple cider vinegar
2 T. honey
2 T. fresh minced garlic
1/2 cup chopped fresh mint
2 T. chopped fresh basil
A pinch each of cayenne pepper and ground cinnamon
Sea salt and cracked black pepper to taste

Prepare couscous by package instructions. Combine couscous and carrots, red bell pepper, and corn. In a separate bowl, whisk olive oil, vinegar, honey, garlic, herbs and spices. Toss vinaigrette with veggies and couscous. Salt and pepper to taste.
This keeps very well for a few days in the fridge, as the flavors get to socialize.