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Southwestern Couscous Salad

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Delicious side dish with a Southwestern flavor, as opposed to the traditional couscous recipe.















1 pkg (5.7 oz) Near East Couscous
1 cup Israeli Couscous
Corn cut off 2-3 ears
1 red onion, diced
1 T. (or more) McCormick Southwest Seasoning
1/2 to 1 each orange and yellow peppers, diced
1 can black beans, drained thoroughly
4 green onions, thinly sliced
8 Roma or Costco Tomatoes on the Vine, chopped
1 large bunch of cilantro, chopped coarsely

About 1/3 cup fresh squeezed lime juice
3 T. red wine vinegar
3 cloves garlic, finely minced (or use jarred kind)
2/3 cup olive oil
3+ heaping T. of Cumin (to taste)
Shakes of Cholula or other hot sauce, to taste
Salt and Pepper to taste


  1. Cook box of Couscous with can of chicken broth, according to package instructions. No need for salt or butter. When done, fluff with fork and add to large salad bowl.

  2. Cook Israeli couscous in saucepan with 1 can chicken broth, no salt or water. Cook according to package instructions, about 10 minutes on simmer.

  3. Cut off the kernels from 2 ears of corn and sauté very briefly with the diced red onion. (Under 2 minutes, until corn is crisp tender) Add 1 to 2 tsps (or more) of Southwest seasoning. Add to couscous mixture

  4. Let the hot foods cool thoroughly while chopping the other vegetables.

  5. When couscous, corn and onions are cooled to room temperature, add drained black beans, chopped peppers, green onions, tomatoes, and cilantro.

  6. Add ingredients for dressing to a bottle with a lid or some other device which can be shaken. Shake thoroughly to mix ingredients. Taste a adjust the ingredients to suit your family's tastes, adding more lime juice, oil, cumin, hot sauce, or olive oil as you prefer.

  7. Toss salad mixture with the dressing. Serve the dressing chilled or at room temperature.


* not incl. in nutrient facts

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Toronto , Ontario, Canada
 almost 8 years ago

This recipe sounds delicious, I absolutely love all the ingredients in this recipe, from salad to dressing. As soon as I get some fresh cilantro, I will be making this yummy salad.

Thanks for sharing this great recipe, can't wait to try it :-)

Toronto , Ontario, Canada
 almost 8 years ago

Finally got all the ingredients this recipe calls for and made this southwestern couscous salad today. Sean and I, we both enjoyed it, there were lots of delicious flavors.

I didn't have Southwest Seasoning, so I used some chipotle pepper and paprika instead. I toasted the cumin seeds in a small nonstick skillet, then ground them up, which gave the salad a deliciously tangy taste that we really liked. Used home-grown both roma and cherry tomatoes.

Packed with goodness and yumminess, I made quite a bit, and will be enjoying it in a few meals. Thanks again for this tasty recipe!

, United States
 almost 8 years ago

Happyzhangobo - I love the changes you made and will try them myself!!


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