Couscous Summer Salad Tossed in a Lime Vinaigrette

This Couscous Summer Salad with Lime Vinaigrette is light, fresh, and flavorful. Made with fresh vegetables, light couscous and a great lime vinaigrette, this dish does not lack in flavor.

Hello Simply Scratch readers!

I want to start out by thanking Laurie for asking me to guest post this week while she’s away. I’ve been a big fan of hers for a while, it’s hard not to be! Her beautiful photography and unique recipes keep me intrigued and constantly checking to see what she’s going to come up with next.

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Her “simply scratch” mentality is one that I try and live by as well. That wasn’t always true, like Laurie, I started with a box of brownies too! Everyone has to start somewhere and although I grew up with a mom who is an excellent cook and relatives who know how to whip up delicious meals with a few simple fresh ingredients, I had no idea how to replicate what I had always seen growing up. Just as Laurie did, I devoted my time to learning how to cook from scratch.

Through my “quest to conquer home cooked deliciousness” on my food blog Sprinkles of Parsley, I’ve learned that cooking is far easier than I ever thought it could be. With a few simple steps, and basic fresh ingredients, you can create a far healthier and delicious meal than anything you can buy already prepared for you. Similar to Laurie’s blogging style, our step-by-step pictures takes the guess work right out for you- what you see, is what you get, making learning how to cook from scratch that much easier!

Today’s post was inspired by the warm spring weather we’re starting to get here in Connecticut . BBQ-ing is officially on my mind! You can never have enough summer salad recipes to serve at a BBQ or bring as a potluck dish. I felt it was time to experiment with a new recipe- and I’m so happy I did! This Couscous Summer Salad with Lime Vinaigrette is light, fresh, and flavorful. Made with fresh vegetables, light couscous and a great lime vinaigrette, this dish does not lack in flavor.

Not only is the combination of flavors just right, but it only requires a few minutes to prepare. Just cook your couscous, prepare your fresh vegetables, whisk together the vinaigrette and you have a delicious, healthy dish made from scratch in no time. This quick and easy BBQ side is a great recipe to add to your rotation of summer salad favorites. Hope you enjoy it!

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Start with zesting your lime.

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Then juice your lime.

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Slice your cherry tomatoes in half.

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Roughly chop your basil.

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Roughly chop your cilantro.

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Thinly slice your scallions diagonally.

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Once your ingredients have been prepped, cook your couscous according to the package directions.

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Once cooked, immediately transfer to your serving bowl and fluff your couscous with a fork.

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Then add your tomatoes, corn, scallions, cillantro, and basil to your serving bowl.

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Mix until combined.

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Once mixed, cut two avocados into 1 inch squares.

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Add to your serving dish.

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Then immediately prepare your lime dressing by combining your lime zest and juice in a large mixing bowl with your melted butter, olive oil, sugar, salt, and pepper.

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Whisk until smooth. Drizzle the dressing over your salad, mix until combined, and garnish with a few slices of avocado.

 

Enjoy! And if you give this Couscous Summer Salad Tossed in a Lime Vinaigrette recipe a try, let me know by snapping a photo and tagging me on twitter or instagram!

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Couscous Summer Salad Tossed in a Lime Vinaigrette

This Couscous Summer Salad with Lime Vinaigrette is light, fresh, and flavorful. Made with fresh vegetables, light couscous and a great lime vinaigrette, this dish does not lack in flavor.

Yield: 8-10 Servings

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

Ingredients:

1 cup Couscous

2 teaspoons Grated Lime Zest

1 1/2 tablespoons Fresh Lime Juice

1 1/2 cups Cherry Tomatoes, halved

1 cup Corn, canned and drained or fresh when in season

3 tablespoons Scallions, thinly sliced

3 tablespoons Fresh Basil, roughly chopped

1 bunch Fresh Cilantro, roughly chopped

2 Avocados, cut into 1 inch cubes

2 tablespoons Butter, melted

1 tablespoon Olive Oil

1 teaspoon Sugar

1/2 teaspoon Salt

1/4 teaspoon Fresh Ground Pepper

Directions:

Start with preparing your ingredients by zesting and juicing your lime, slicing your tomatoes in half, roughly chopping your basil and cilantro, and thinly slicing your scallions diagonally.

Once your ingredients have been prepped, cook your couscous according to the package directions. Once cooked, immediately transfer to your serving bowl and fluff your couscous with a fork. Then add your tomatoes, corn, scallions, cilantro, and basil to the serving bowl. Mix until combined. Once mixed, cut the two avocados into 1 inch squares and add to your serving dish.

Immediately prepare your lime dressing by combining your lime zest and juice in a large mixing bowl with your melted butter, olive oil, sugar, salt, and pepper. Whisk until smooth and drizzle over your salad immediately so the avocado doesn't turn color. Mix until combined, and garnish with a few slices of avocado that have been tossed in lime juice to prevent from browning.

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22 Responses to “Couscous Summer Salad Tossed in a Lime Vinaigrette”

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    Christine — April 29, 2011 at 1:21 pm

    This looks AWESOME!! Definitely a perfect BBQ side salad!

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    Claire Gallam — April 29, 2011 at 1:53 pm

    This looks amazing!

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    Nichole — April 29, 2011 at 2:21 pm

    Looks yummy – def will try! Great post.

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    Ang — April 29, 2011 at 2:36 pm

    Cilantro and lime are two of my favorite ingredients. Great recipe!

    I actually follow both of you and appreciate your individual uniqueness. You'r both amazing writers and inspiring cooks:)

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    Holly Henry — April 29, 2011 at 3:00 pm

    What a lovely salad! Totally going to try this ! Thanks for sharing 🙂

    I'm now a follower of your blog!

    Holly
    http://www.simplequintessentialcuisine.com

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    Laurie @simplyscratch — April 29, 2011 at 3:34 pm

    Chelsea! I am making this as soon as I get back to MI… and when it's sunny and 75 outside so I can grill up some salmon! Delicious!

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    Gina — April 29, 2011 at 3:50 pm

    Chelsea, I just printed this one, reminds me of summer here in CA. Can't wait to grill and make this one the side. Thanks.
    -Gina-

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    One Woman... — April 29, 2011 at 3:54 pm

    Yup, I love lime! I mean, I L-O-V-E lime… Definitely making this!

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    Lindsay — April 29, 2011 at 4:14 pm

    can't wait to try this! love everything in it!

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    Our Eyes Eat First — April 29, 2011 at 5:15 pm

    so fresh, light and has tons of my fave flavors!! I am definitely making this one : j Great guest post! Im not surprised because I already love Sprinkles of Parsley!

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    Abby — April 29, 2011 at 9:43 pm

    definitely trying this 🙂

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    Tiffany — April 29, 2011 at 10:16 pm

    Looks beautiful! I love all of the colors and the lime sounds wonderful!

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    Haley @ The Girly Girl Cooks — April 30, 2011 at 8:34 pm

    I love couscous! This looks delicious and so refreshing!

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    Tessa — May 2, 2011 at 4:56 am

    This looks awesome. Will have to keep this in mind for a great light dinner!

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    Brittany — May 2, 2011 at 10:16 pm

    This looks delicious!!! I will definitely be making this soon with the weather warming up. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

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    Sprinkled with Flour — May 3, 2011 at 12:09 am

    I'm really loving the flavors in this! I want to try it very soon:) Great guest post!

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    sliceofsouthern — May 3, 2011 at 6:33 am

    Heavenly! I just bought a bunch of limes…guess what I'm making?
    thanks for sharing!

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    jennifer — May 3, 2011 at 12:18 pm

    This sounds great! Love how you can go in a million different creative directions with this salad. Thanks for the idea!

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    Cara — May 16, 2011 at 7:54 pm

    I have fresh basil and cilantro growing in my garden! i have been looking for a way to use it!!

    thanks!

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    Maggie — June 30, 2012 at 6:46 pm

    Just made this and it is INCREDIBLE. Fresh, healthy, and irresistibly tasty. My boyfriend flipped over it! Everything is relatively quick, too. Can’t wait to eat this all week (if it lasts more than a day).

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    Fran Bellantoni — June 15, 2017 at 7:24 pm

    Think this recipe sounds tasty, but for the cilantro, which I can’t develop a taste for. Think I’ll substitute fresh parsley instead. But that lime dressing is calling me for sure.

    • Laurie McNamara replied: — June 18th, 2017 @ 8:08 am

      Great idea! Enjoy!

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