Caribbean Couscous Salad

Yield:4-6 Servings

1 Cup Pearl (Israeli) Couscous

1 1/2 Cup Water

1/4 Teaspoon Salt

2 Avocados, Diced

2 Teaspoons Fresh Lime Juice

1 1/2 Cup Halved Cherry Tomatoes

1 Cup Black Beans, Drained and Washed

3 Scallions, Thinly Sliced

2 Tablespoons Minced Fresh Cilantro

3/4 Cup Corn (Optional)

1/2 Teaspoon French Grey Sea Salt

1/2 Teaspoon Ground Pink Peppercorns 

1 Tablespoon Tradewinds Seasoning OR

                      Lemon Grove Seasoning 

½ Cup Lemon Vinaigrette

Couscous has finally made its way into the culinary mainstream. Today every chef seems to have his or her favorite recipe for the dish. This is ours. Fresh and flavorful – it is literally brimming with flavor – it makes an impressive addition to any summer meal. You could even add grilled chicken, and make it the star of the show. Whether you serve it as the main course, or on the side, we are confident you will love the flavor of this one!


Place couscous, water, and salt in a saucepan over high heat. Bring mixture to a boil, reduce to a simmer, and cook for 10 minutes until all of the water has been absorbed. Fluff with a fork, cover, and set aside to cool.


To prevent them from turning brown, toss freshly diced avocados together with lime juice. Refrigerate until ready to use. Combine tomatoes, beans, scallions, cilantro, corn (if using), and seasoning blend in a large mixing bowl. Add cooled couscous to the mixture. Drizzle ¼ cup vinaigrette along the side of the bowl, and using tongs, lightly toss ingredients together. Taste the tossed salad. If it needs more vinaigrette, add more, a tablespoon at a time, until right consistency and taste have been reached. Season with salt and pepper, if desired.


Cover and refrigerate salad until ready to use. Spoon into a serving bowl, top with avocado, and serve. 

MorningStar Kitchen Seasonings Featured in this Recipe
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French Grey
Sea Salt
With its artisanal, Old World
appeal, French Grey sea salt is a
favorite of professional chefs. Hand
harvested from mineral-rich salt beds, we believe this one is the perfect salt for accomplished Home Chefs as well.
French Grey Sea Salt from MorningStar Kitchen
Pink Peppercorns
While they have a fresh,
peppery flavor, pink
peppercorns are not pepper.
They are the fruit of a Brazilian tree that is part of the cashew/mango family. Their sweet, mild flavor works well in delicate sauces, as well as in seafood and poultry dishes. Crush with a mortar and pestle. 
Pink Peppercorns from MorningStar Kitchen
Lemon Grove
Zesty and aromatic, this blend
is one of our fan favorites! It's
great with chicken, seafood, fresh green vegetables, sauces, marinades, and remoulades. We're sure that once you've tried it, you'll make it one of your "go-to" ingredients. 
Lemon Grove Seasoning from MorningStar Kitchen
Sometimes a salad with a flavor "kick" can turn an ordinary hamburger meal into something memorable.
If  you're looking for
more salad ideas, check out some of our other
recipes like  our 
Asian Cole Slaw
Tradewinds is a blend of the
complex flavors characterizing
the cuisines of the Caribbean, from Mexico to the outermost islands. Full-bodied and perfectly balanced, this is all you need for  your Jamaican, Cuban, Mexican, and other Caribbean recipes. 
Tradewinds Caribbean Seasoning from MorningStar Kitchen
Asian Cole Slaw Recipe with Japanese Table Dressing by MorningStar Kitchen