Southwestern Couscous Salad

My trial today is a recipe I pinned on Pinterest. Recipe is courtesy (my understanding -it is a fashion website). They had a post on Easy Summer Salad recipes by Spoon Fork Bacon. It is a 3 Easy Summer Salad post for Salad Nicose, Southwestern Couscous Salad and Asparagus and Deviled Egg Salad.

The Couscous salad appealed to me a lot…. and with fall sorta coming in (leaves changing colors, cooler temps) ….thought need to try this before soups make their appearance 😉



Southwestern Couscous Salad:

by SpoonForkBacon for

Serves 3 to 4

1 1/2 cups low sodium chicken broth (I used veggie broth-Kitchen Basics Unsalted Vegetarian Broth)
2 teaspoons smoked paprika
1 1/2 teaspoons cumin
1/2 teaspoon chile powder
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (Did not have this so skipped it)
1 garlic clove, minced
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 cup pearled couscous (also known as Israeli Couscous)
1 cup black beans, drained and rinsed
1/2 cup grilled corn kernels (from 1 small corn on the cob) (I did not grill…instead used regular boiled corn)
1/4 cup diced red onion
2 roma tomatoes, seeded and diced
1 lime, juiced
2 tablespoons cilantro, minced
1/4 cup crumbled cotija cheese, optional
salt and pepper to taste


1. Place broth, paprika, cumin, chile powder, cayenne, and garlic in a small saucepan and bring to a boil. As the broth heats up, add oil to a medium saucepan and toast couscous over medium heat, about 3 to 4 minutes. (I added little salt to the broth as it was unsalted, that would help get some salt in the couscous as well.)

2. Pour the hot broth over the couscous, cover and simmer for 10 to 12 minutes. When couscous is ready, uncover, gently fluff with a fork and allow it to cool.

3. Once cooled, add the black beans, corn, red onion, tomatoes, lime juice, and cilantro and gently fold together until fully incorporated. Season with salt and pepper and top with cotija cheese, if using. Serve.

VERDICT: It was yuummmm….. The flavorful couscous, beans, corn and veggies mix is delish. Cilantro and Lime juice give it super burst of freshness making it perfectly summery. I did not have Cotija Cheese but after eating this am sure it would taste awesomer with the cheese. It is easy and quick… only time u spend is waiting for couscous to cook which is barely 10 mins and cutting veggies…. it would be wonderful take-to-work-lunch or home lunch or side dish to an entree.

Until Next time,



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