The next time you’re deciding between rice and pasta, opt for pearl couscous instead! It’s an easy and affordable option that brightens up any dinner table. I prefer pearl couscous to regular couscous because the larger “pearls” (actually balls of toasted semolina) create a more rewarding bite. I used tri-color couscous for this recipe (mostly because I thought it was pretty), but you can use regular pearl couscous if you want.
The best part about this salad is that it’s simple to prepare yet boasts the gourmet essence of garlic, oregano, and basil. A simple red wine vinaigrette blends all the flavors together. Serve the salad as side dish for grilled and roasted meats, fish and poultry, or turn it into a vegetarian main dish by adding grilled tofu and toasted almonds or walnuts.
Recipe: Pearled Couscous Salad With Wilted Kale, Garlic And Crushed Red Pepper