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Confetti Couscous Salad

Bursting with color and flavor, this delightful side dish will take any entree up a notch. Suzanne Kesel — Cohocton, New York
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
  • Makes
    6 servings


  • 1 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 cup uncooked couscous
  • 1 can (15 ounces) black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 3/4 cup frozen corn, thawed
  • 1 medium sweet red pepper, chopped
  • 6 green onions, chopped
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh cilantro
  • 2 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons red wine vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • Pine nuts, optional


  • In a large saucepan, bring broth to a boil. Stir in couscous. Remove from the heat; cover and let stand for 5-10 minutes or until broth is absorbed.
  • Fluff with a fork. Stir in the beans, corn, red pepper, onions and cilantro. In a small bowl, whisk the oil, lime juice, vinegar, cumin, salt and pepper. Drizzle over salad and toss to coat. Sprinkle with pine nuts if desired.
Nutrition Facts
3/4 cup: 245 calories, 6g fat (1g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 335mg sodium, 41g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 5g fiber), 9g protein.

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  • Relan
    Jan 2, 2016

    Fantastic recipe! And so simple.

  • Kimberly Hines
    May 20, 2014

    So yummy. I added 1/3 cup feta which made it just perfect.

  • Litz71
    Dec 19, 2012

    Im sorry I only rated it a two stars, its worth five!! Oh my! It was a instant hit with the family. Im making cookbooks for my kids, and both requested a copy of this for their cookbooks.

  • Litz71
    Dec 19, 2012

    Havent tried it yet..made it to go with dinner I will be rating it after. I didnt realize it called for black beans I used white kidney beans. My 15 year old asked what I had made because it smelled so good.

  • jensnyder6
    Sep 13, 2010

    Recipe is great. Tastes wonderful warm or cold. I needed to add extra lime juice and olive oil to prevent drying out.

  • asabot
    Sep 7, 2010

    This recipe is good, but I think I prefer the Summer Garden Couscous Salad over it. I bet the two recipes could be combined for a really great salad!

  • astadts
    Aug 12, 2010

    This was a wonderful side! I loved the great textures and the cilantro added a fresh, cool flavor that made it hard to pass up.

  • Hickster
    Aug 2, 2010

    This is a good one. I'll definitely make it again.

  • jwieneke
    Jul 29, 2010

    I love this recipe!!!!

  • hmillay
    Jul 23, 2010

    Very tasty. We tossed in some feta and had this as a vegetarian meal. Leftovers were great the next day.