Caprese-Inspired Couscous Salad

21 Mar

Part of my day job is to write a mentoring program newsletter. The mentees love to try new things, so I include a variety of potential activities they can do with their mentors. Over the last few months I’ve realized that a lot of middle schoolers love to cook. Easy and delicious dishes are a great introduction to cooking, regardless of age: couscous is one of the easiest and this recipe is full of bright flavors. Perfect for spring.

Couscous is extremely versatile: it can be hot or cold, savory or sweet, a meal or a side. Originating in Northern Africa and traveling to areas such as France and Spain, couscous is now eaten throughout the world. In the United States it’s often found in instant (5 minute cooking time) form.

Caprese-Inspired Couscous Salad

1 cup instant couscous
1 cup water
1 Tablespoon butter
1/2 small onion, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 cup tomatoes, cut however you like (I used cherry)
few fresh basil leaves, torn or chiffonade (watch this great video from how2heroes if you need some guidance)
salt, ground pepper, granulated garlic to taste
lemon juice to taste (I used about 1 teaspoon)

Saute onion and garlic in 1/2 Tablespoon butter. Remove from pot and hold in small bowl.

Bring water with 1/2 Tablespoon butter to boil in pot. When water comes to boil, add couscous and onions, mix once, cover and let sit for five minutes.

After five minutes, remove cover, fluff couscous, and add tomatoes, basil, seasoning, and lemon juice. Serve hot, room temp, or cold.

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3 Responses to “Caprese-Inspired Couscous Salad”

  1. Samantha March 30, 2011 at 4:12 pm #

    Adding a recipe to the newsletter is a great idea! And it looks tasty too.

  2. rsmacaalay March 21, 2011 at 3:17 pm #

    Will be doing this sometime soon, and very versatile dish indeed. Good if paired with couscous.

  3. Jill March 21, 2011 at 10:33 am #

    Looks light and full of flavor, a good reminder that Spring is on the way (despite the snow today in upstate NY). I had a recipe for Chocolate Couscous Cake, that would be a fun way to introduce your mentees to couscous. I will look for it if you are interested.

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