Monday, February 2, 2015

Mexican Inspired Pearl Couscous Salad

Before I get into today's recipe, I wanted to give a huge Thanks to all the lovely people who took the time to leave a comment on my last two posts.  You guys are awesome and well on your way to a healthier and fitter 2015.  If you have not read those yet, check the links below!


There's still lots to come this month so keep coming back every Monday and Wednesday for more on workouts and living a healthier lifestyle in 2015.
********
Who watched the game last night?  I have to say, I am still not over how that game ended.  Anyway, hater cough...  hater cough...  Congratulations Patriots fans!  lol

So every year we tend to host a Super Bowl party, this time around we ended up going to a friends house to watch the big game.  One thing I always do is call ahead and ask about the menu and what I can contribute to the meal.  Once I heard that ribs, hot wings, chips, guac and salsa were going to be served I knew I had to "healthify" my side dish.  

We ended up sticking to a party classic to us: THE VEGGIE TRAY, as well as this  Mexican Inspired Couscous Salad.

At the end of the night the host asked me for the salad recipe, that's when I knew I had to share it with you guys!

I should warn you there's going to be lots of "couscous porn" in sight... lol

Ingredients:
 2 8oz boxes of Pear Couscous (I used Trader Joe's)
a entire bunch of cilantro leaves (roughly chopped)
1 seedless jalapeno (optional)
1 can of organic corn (drained)
1 can of no salt added black beans (washed and drained)
30 grape tomatoes (cut in fourths)
1/2 of a medium red onion
Salt & Pepper (to taste)

The Dressing..
 2 tbsp. of garlic flavored olive oil (or olive oil of your choice)
5 tbsp. of champagne vinegar
the juice and the zest of 1 lime
1/2 tsp. of ground coriander
salt & pepper to taste

 Directions..
 Cook your couscous according to the box directions.  The only thing I did differently, was season the uncooked couscous with salt and pepper.  While your couscous are cooking, work on washing and dicing your ingredients.  Once the couscous are done cooking, remove from heat and let them come to room temperature, this takes about 20 minutes.  You could save time by cooking the couscous the night before and assembling the salad the next day. 

 In a large bowl combine the ingredients for your dressing.  Whisk with a fork and give it a taste.  Adjust seasoning to your liking.   Add in your beans, veggies, cilantro to the dressing bowl and let those marinate until your couscous are done cooling.  Add your couscous to the dressing and veggie bowl.  Sprinkle salt and pepper to taste, and toss your salad until well combined.  You may want to use a fork for tossing.  Refrigerate your salad for a couple of hours or until you are ready to serve. 

This salad refrigerates well and it is even better the next day.
 I hope you give it a try.  Tag me your recreations on Instagram @ahealtheir_fitterme.
See ya'll on Wednesday!

25 comments:

  1. I wonder if this could be made without onions, my stomach can't handle all that but this looks so good!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Of course.. the beauty of salads like this one, is that you can use whatever veggies or ingredients you have at hand..

      Delete
  2. This looks amazing! I love cous cous! I cannot wait to try this recipe! As for the game last night, I am born and raised in New England so.... GO PATRIOTS!
    KyMarieC

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. lol... Thanks, it was pretty tasty.. Congratulations... it was a pretty good game.. good times, good times..

      Delete
  3. This looks amazing! And I know it was a hard pill to swallow, but as a born and raised New Englander, the ending to that game was pretty magical for me!

    ReplyDelete
  4. Tasty! I'd use a gluten-free grain, but love the flavors!

    ReplyDelete
  5. I love cilantro and lime with beans! This sounds delicious!

    ReplyDelete
  6. I'm not a Football fan (Go basketball and Hockey!), I didn't even watch the halftime performance but a small part of me was rooting for the Seahawks since everyone I know loves the Patriots and I wanted to be different! That sale looks AMAZING <3

    ReplyDelete
  7. Whoa, great way to make couscous! I am going to have to try this! <3

    ReplyDelete
  8. Sounds delicious! I might have to try this tonight :)

    ReplyDelete
  9. lookd delicious. thanks for the inspo
    Rosie
    www.rosedogandco.blogspot.com.au

    ReplyDelete
  10. Wow this looks so good! I need to give this a try, I'm sure my whole fam would love it!

    ReplyDelete
  11. Ooooh, that looks absolutely delicious!!!

    ReplyDelete
  12. Mmmm that looks delish and healthy!

    ReplyDelete
  13. cheap asics You do not college entrance cheap asics examination, you kidding. Bitter smile, shook his head, sighed and cheap asics then look to the distant darkness. How she did not want the college entrance examination, asics gel lyte iii sale but the family is difficult, there is no money for her school. asics tiger mexico 66 sale If they really want to go to college, it is not cheap asics difficult for you to make your own parents.

    ReplyDelete
  14. This looks great! What a healthy choice to bring.

    ReplyDelete
  15. This looks delicious! I will have to try it!

    ReplyDelete
  16. This looks amazing! I am needing to detox after this weekend for sure.

    ReplyDelete
  17. Yum, this looks super tasty! I'll definitely have to try this soon!

    ReplyDelete
  18. Looks absolutely delicious and absolutely want to try it

    ReplyDelete
  19. I love couscous! It's so delicious :) Great pictures!

    ReplyDelete
  20. That sounds so good! Couscous is delicious!

    ReplyDelete
  21. I love using that champagne vinegar, too!

    ReplyDelete
  22. “Performance across our established territories has ted baker dresses sale remained strong and we continue to invest in our newer markets for the long-term opportunities of the Ted Baker brand,” a statement ted baker outlet from the company said. Almost as soon as the 2012 presidential election was over, Rick Perry started running for president again. If he had been underprepared in his lackluster first cheap ted baker dresses presidential campaign, he decided he would not be in 2016.

    ReplyDelete
  23. This looks so delicious. I must make it very soon!

    ReplyDelete

Thanks for stopping by!