Thursday, September 12, 2019

Vegetable Loaded Couscous Salad

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Walmart.  The opinions and text are all mine.

Recipe for a couscous salad loaded with vegetables and topped with tahini dressing.

As much as I love salads, especially in the very hot summer, I still need something more substantial and more interesting on my plate. Adding a variety of vegetables, some raw, some cooked helps to create great flavors and textures. And adding couscous makes it much more of a meal.

Recipe for a couscous salad loaded with vegetables and topped with tahini dressing.

Recently I had the pleasure of attending Walmart's Rediscovering America culinary event at the famous James Beard House in New York and met several celebrated chefs who are creating new menu dishes using the fresh produce found at Walmart. Their inspiration is Walmart's commitment to offering fresh, locally grown organic produce to their customers. This support of local farms and farmers not only helps the economy but allows customers to have the freshest, highest quality food.

Recipe for a couscous salad loaded with vegetables and topped with tahini dressing.

I also had the chance to sample the bounty of beautiful produce now available at Walmart and came home with a huge and wonderful variety. Why choose which veggie to include in my salad when I can use them all!

I gave my onions, bell peppers and carrots a light saute but still kept some of the crunch. Then, I combined them with fresh tomatoes and crisp, peppery arugula. They all got mixed in with the soft, fluffy couscous and drizzled with a tahini vinaigrette. With so many wonderful textures and flavors, I've been eating this for lunch and again for dinner with some grilled chicken. It's my favorite new way to eat all my veggies. Enjoy!
Yield: 6 Servings

Recipe for a couscous salad loaded with vegetables and topped with tahini dressing.

Vegetable Loaded Couscous Salad

prep time: 25 Mcook time: 20 Mtotal time: 45 M
Recipe for a couscous salad loaded with vegetables and topped with tahini dressing.


  • 1 Cup pearled couscous
  • 1 1/3 Cups water
  • 1/2 Teaspoon salt, or to taste
  • 1/4 Cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 Red onion, peeled and diced
  • 1 Red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 Green bell pepper, diced
  • 1 Orange bell pepper, diced
  • 2 Carrots, peeled and diced
  • 1 Cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 2 Cups arugula
  • Dressing
  • 3 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 Tablespoons water
  • 1 Tablespoon tahini
  • 1 Tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 Teaspoon mustard
  • 1 Clove garlic, crushed
  • Salt and pepper, to taste


How to cook Vegetable Loaded Couscous Salad

  1. Add the couscous, water and salt to a pot, bring to a boil, cover, reduce the heat to low and cook for 10 minutes. Turn off the heat but allow the couscous to sit, covered, for an additional 5 minutes. Uncover, add the parsley and fluff with a fork.
  2. Add the olive oil, diced onion, diced bell peppers and diced carrots to a large skillet or cast iron pan. Cook on medium heat for about 10 minutes or until the vegetables begin to soften slightly. They do not need to be cooked all the way through.
  3. Add the cooked vegetables to the couscous and toss with the arugula and cherry tomatoes.
  4. Make the dressing by whisking together the olive oil, water, tahini, lemon juice, mustard and garlic until smooth. Season with salt and pepper and drizzle over the couscous salad. Serve slightly warm or at room temperature.
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While this is my own version of a dish using local and organic produce from Walmart, I also wanted to share that there will be nine celebrated chefs across the country creating their own versions too for their menus as part of the Rediscovering America program. It's an amazing way to taste the fresh local flavor from our own backyards!

This recipe is sponsored by Walmart. Thank you for supporting the products I love and use in my kitchen.

Friday, September 6, 2019

Some Good Eats for Wellness

This post is sponsored by on behalf of Conagra Brands. As always, all opinions are my own.

A variety of healthier ready-made meal options with descriptions and reviews.
A few months ago, I created a neighborhood cooking club and am thrilled at all the new friends I've met and great new foods I've tried. An added side benefit has been that the group includes people who follow lots of different eating plans and I've learned a lot. Newly inspired, I've been trying some new healthier options from the store and I'm sharing my opinions.