Tomato & Basil Couscous Salad Recipe

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Tomato & Basil Couscous Salad Recipe
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Tomato & Basil Couscous Salad Recipe

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It’s hard to believe that tossing a few pantry ingredients with summer’s fresh best can yield such a lovely salad. Pair it with grilled lemon chicken for a light lunch. —Sonya Labbe, West Hollywood, California
Recommended: Fresh Basil Recipes
MAKES:
8 servings
TOTAL TIME:
Prep: 20 min. + chilling
MAKES:
8 servings
TOTAL TIME:
Prep: 20 min. + chilling

Ingredients

  • 1-1/2 cups water
  • 1-1/2 cups uncooked couscous
  • 2 medium tomatoes, seeded and chopped
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil leaves, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper

Directions

In a small saucepan, bring water to a boil. Stir in couscous. Remove from the heat; cover and let stand for 5-10 minutes or until water is absorbed. Fluff with a fork; cool.
In a large bowl, combine the couscous, tomatoes and basil. In a small bowl, whisk the oil, vinegar, salt and pepper. Pour over salad; toss to coat. Refrigerate until chilled. Yield: 8 servings.
Originally published as Tomato & Basil Couscous Salad in Simple & Delicious June/July 2012, p33

Nutritional Facts

3/4 cup: 255 calories, 14g fat (2g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 155mg sodium, 29g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 2g fiber), 5g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 starch, 2 fat.

  • 1-1/2 cups water
  • 1-1/2 cups uncooked couscous
  • 2 medium tomatoes, seeded and chopped
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil leaves, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  1. In a small saucepan, bring water to a boil. Stir in couscous. Remove from the heat; cover and let stand for 5-10 minutes or until water is absorbed. Fluff with a fork; cool.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the couscous, tomatoes and basil. In a small bowl, whisk the oil, vinegar, salt and pepper. Pour over salad; toss to coat. Refrigerate until chilled. Yield: 8 servings.
Originally published as Tomato & Basil Couscous Salad in Simple & Delicious June/July 2012, p33

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dollargirl User ID: 939213 276883
Reviewed Oct. 28, 2017

"A light dish that goes with anything! I used fresh, ripe heirloom tomatoes and had it with spicy Indian tandoori chicken."

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ejshellabarger User ID: 3870843 232025
Reviewed Aug. 30, 2015

"I liked it but my husband and in-laws weren't too keen on the dish. Oh well. More for me!"

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justmbeth User ID: 1196484 230221
Reviewed Jul. 26, 2015

"Nice, light side, easy to assemble. If you want your dish to look like picture, use white balsamic vinegar."

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