If I could choose one thing to eat every day for the rest of my life it would be this couscous salad with my vegan tzatziki or my hummus and pita. I’m serious, it’s so good. It’s enough to fill you up but still feels light. It has so much flavor. You don’t have to reheat it. It’s perfect. But don’t take my word, it can speak for itself.. just try it out!
Note— if you don’t have a big family or group of people this might be a lot of food. We eat it for a few days in a row as leftovers when I make it, if you don’t like leftovers I would half this recipe. I usually make this for company or busy weeks and this larger recipe is great for that.
2 cups couscous, dry or two 5.9 oz boxes like this
4 cups of water
⅓ cup chopped kalamata olives + juice from jar
1 jar of capers
⅓ cup sliced almonds
⅓ cup red onion, finely diced
¼ chopped sundried tomatoes
1 can of chickpeas / garbanzo beans
1 tablespoon fresh dill, chopped
1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped
For the dressing
3 minced garlic cloves or 1 tablespoon
¼ cup agave
3 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 tablespoon onion flakes or powder, 2 tsp salt, 1 tsp black pepper, 2 tsp oregano 2 tsp paprika
Boil four cups of water, once it comes to a boil add couscous and stir. Remove from heat and cover for 7 minutes. Then fluff with a fork to cook it down and separate it.
Meanwhile, finely dice the red onion, sundried tomatoes, and olives. Also chop the dill and parsley. I like everything chopped small because then each ingredient is in every bite, it’s worth the extra few minutes of chopping things super small. Add those ingredients into the cooked couscous as well as the capers, almonds, and chickpeas. Stir.
Mix together the dressing by getting a small bowl, adding the agave, lemon juice, spices, and minced garlic. Stir together. Continue stirring and add olive oil. Pour all of the dressing over the couscous and mix well so everything is fully coated.
Serve warm or cold, I prefer cool. It’s better after being in the fridge a few hours or overnight, all of the flavor will come out.
Total cost is $9.32
(12 servings, $0.77 each)
2 cups couscous $0.99
⅓ cup chopped kalamata olives $1.20
1 jar of capers $1.79
⅓ cup sliced almonds $0.88
⅓ cup red onion $0.34
¼ chopped sundried tomatoes $0.65
1 can of chickpeas $0.99
1 tablespoon fresh dill $0.80
1 tablespoon fresh parsley $0.47
3 minced garlic cloves $0.11
¼ cup agave $0.73
3 tablespoons olive oil $0.13
2 tablespoons lemon juice $0.14