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Couscous Salad

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So many delicious corn salad recipes out there and here comes another one! This cheery couscous corn salad is not only delicious with ripe avocado and grape tomatoes but summer-friendly couscous.

Refreshing and easy, the combination of roasted corn, mozzarella balls, and fluffy couscous is perfect as a side dish poolside. Serve this salad recipe with burgers, hot dogs, or chicken sandwiches at your next potluck.

easy summer couscous salad on a white plate.

Why you will love making Couscous Avocado Salad

It’s light – Couscous is fantastic with a variety of flavors. From traditional Mediterranean flavors to fresh fruits like strawberries, these itty bitty rolled flour balls are actually considered pasta. Even so, the result is a really light and fluffy bite that doesn’t weigh you down as much as potato salad or macaroni salad dishes. 

Bright flavors – Balls of pasta make up the perfect summer salad. Nature does its best work when combining creamy avocado and, well, anything so be prepared to chow down, guilt-free, on this delicious salad.

Salad Ingredients: 

  • couscous – Normally, when it comes to salads, pearl couscous is most often used. However, as with all things post-pandemic, the store was out of pearl couscous so I went with regular…and I’m torn if that was photographically a good idea! While it looks a little wild, it tastes good. 
  • corn – Please see below on corn options, but we always recommend fresh or frozen corn over canned. 
  • oil
  • salt and black pepper
  • grape tomatoes or cherry tomatoes
  • fresh mozzarella cheese pearls
  • avocados
  • creamy balsamic dressing –  I went with Brianna’s Creamy Balsamic and that’s really good. 
summer salad ingredients on a table.

How to make Couscous Salad

  1. In a small saucepan, add 1 cup of water. Bring to a boil and add 1 cup couscous. Remove from heat and stir. Let stand for five minutes. Fluff with a fork and remove tender couscous from the pan to cool completely. 
  2. In a skillet, add corn,  extra virgin olive oil, and season with salt and pepper.
  3. Cook over medium-high heat, until fresh corn begins to brown.
  4. Remove from heat and remove from pan to cool completely. 
  5. Once cool, combine cooked couscous, sweet corn, fresh tomatoes, smooth mozzarella cheese, and diced creamy avocados. Mix well.
step by step on how to make summer salad.
  1. Stir in dressing and mix to evenly coat.
  2. Serve flavorful salad immediately or refrigerate salad bowl until ready to serve. 
recipe for couscous salad.

Corn Options

When making a salad, fresh roasted corn (right off the cob!) works great. However, we understand that sometimes time can be of the essence when cooking. And while I highly recommend fresh corn when it comes to salads (it’s a texture issue) that doesn’t mean you should NOT make a salad over it. 

Canned – Corn comes in a variety of types. Find fire-roasted corn for lots of flavor in this dish. Drain well and skillet warm. Del Monte makes a canned version and you can get it at most grocery stores.

Frozen – Boil or pan-fry frozen corn but try to reserve some of its crisp nature. Overcooking corn can mean a soggy pasta salad. 

corn in a skillet.

Alternative Ingredients

Make it Mediterranean – Try adding kalamata olives, roasted chickpeas, red onion, and feta cheese. Plus change out the herbs from balsamic dressing to fresh basil leaves and a little tzatziki to mix in. Squeeze fresh lemon (or a little lemon juice) on top for garnish. 

Make it Fiesta – Again, skip the balsamic dressing and add drained black beans, small diced and seasoned juicy chicken, and fire-roasted tomatoes over cherry. 

Make it Fresh – Couscous is very complementary to fresh fruit. Cut strawberries go great with mozzarella balls and tomatoes as well. 

What kind of cheese goes well with Couscous? 

It really depends on the overall flavors of the salad, but we recommend feta or goat cheese. 

While it doesn’t have balls of couscous, this fiesta corn salad recipe is full of bright and bold flavors.

Not all salad recipes have to be filled with vegetables! Try a creamy grape salad recipe for a unique and fun fruit salad.  

If you haven’t tried crouton-filled Panzanella Salad, you may be missing out. More bread than salad, this dish goes great with one of our viral dinner recipes.

Also with bold flavors and colors, a summer Greek salad recipe is a perfect poolside lunch option.

fresh summer salad recipe with couscous and tomatoes.
4.50 from 2 votes

Couscous Salad with Avocado & Tomatoes


Prep Time 20 minutes
Fresh Summer couscous salad with creamy avocado, cherry tomatoes and balls of mozzarella – a delicious side dish salad that goes fantastic with BBQs and lunches.

Ingredients
 

Make couscous

  • 1 cup couscous cooked and cooled
  • 1 cup water

Roast Corn

  • 15 oz. corn canned or frozen, cooked and drained
  • 2 tbsp cooking oil
  • salt and black pepper

Assemble Salad

  • ½ pint grape tomatoes quartered
  • ½ cup mozzarella balls
  • 2 avocados cubed
  • ½ cup Balsamic Dressing creamy*

Instructions

Cook Couscous

  • In a small saucepan, add 1 cup of water. Bring to a boil and add 1 cup couscous. Remove from heat and stir. Let stand for five minutes. Fluff with a fork and remove from pan to cool completely. 

Summer Couscous Salad Prep

  • In a skillet, drained canned corn or drained and cooked frozen corn.
  • Cook over medium-high heat, until cooked the corn begins to brown. Remove from heat and remove from pan to cool completely.
  •  Once cool, combine fluffy couscous, roasted corn, quartered tomatoes, Mozzarella cheese balls and diced avocados. Mix well.
  • Stir in Balsamic dressing and mix to evenly coat.
  • Serve couscous salad immediately or refrigerate until ready to serve. 

Notes

Canned – Drain canned corn well before roasting. 
Frozen – Cook frozen corn and drain prior to roasting. 
Any ingredient can be doubled to customize the salad with more tomatoes, avocado or mozzarella. 
See article for additional and alternative ingredient ideas to add to salad.

Nutrition

Serving: 0.5cup | Calories: 425kcal | Carbohydrates: 46g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 10g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 3mg | Sodium: 193mg | Potassium: 621mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 613IU | Vitamin C: 16mg | Calcium: 53mg | Iron: 1mg

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  1. Delicious! I used Trader Joes roasted corn (frozen) cooked it in butter so delicious!