It’s fall. Life just got busier. Need dinner fast? This Pesto Couscous Salad Recipe is ready in 15 minutes.
Okay, you’re right. It’s actually not a recipe. It’s more meal assembly.
Which I’d like to suggest is the perfect strategy for filling the dinner gaps that may arise within a busy week.
Family Dinner Ideas
Couscous Salad is a good base for so many ingredients that make for delicious family dinners!
Start with a few prepared items, then add some fresh, healthy additions to make it your own.
Lunch Menu Ideas for Girlfriends
OR… Are you hosting a book club this month? A baby shower? Or a birthday celebration?
This easy recipe is sophisticated enough to fit the bill! It looks fancier than it is. People may think you fussed. 😁
Part Homemade Dinner
This shortcut dish will get to the table fast because it uses the art of food assembly.
You can make it by combining a variety of store-bought items. Or you can make parts of it from scratch. Your choice, depending on how crazy busy you are at the moment.
One of the main ingredients is basil pesto, which is available in most grocery stores.
You can also easily make your own. Here’s my holy grail, tasty Pesto Recipe. 🙂
Make this a High Protein Vegan Recipe
It’s really easy to increase the nutrition values or make it vegan. Take these extra steps below.
Vegan Ideas for Pesto
Basil Pesto is made with basil, pine nuts, garlic, olive oil, and lots of Parmesan cheese, so it’s not an option for vegans. But don’t despair. It is easy to make a dairy-free version. And it’s still delicious!
Just add a squeeze of lemon instead of cheese! The juice complements the flavors and adds brightness to the sauce that you will love.
There are also many prepared vegan jarred basil pesto sauces available! Look for options at stores that carry specialty foods, such as Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods, Super Target, Byerly’s/Lund’s, Publix, Kroger, and Albertsons.
Protein Ideas to Pair with Couscous
I believe it’s vital to have protein with every meal. Fortunately, tofu, most meats, and seafood pair well with couscous salad.
Choose your favorite; chicken, salmon, tofu, shrimp, beef, etc. Then serve alongside your couscous, or chop it up and fold it right into the bowl.
If you are tight on time, buy a rotisserie chicken or prepared meat to cut up and toss in! Easy and Yummy too.
Look for the smaller and more delicate Israeli couscous. Pearl couscous is a larger version of Moroccan couscous. It may be substituted if necessary.
If you are celiac, keep in mind couscous is not gluten free.
Vegetable Ideas to add to your Salad
Here is a handful of healthy fat and delicious veggies to add to this dish.
Pesto Couscous Salad Ingredients
Here’s what you’ll need to make it!
The Basic Couscous Salad
Pesto, homemade or prepared
Olive Oil or Avocado Oil
Salt & Ground Pepper
And finally, here is the no-recipe, recipe!Print
Give this yummy Pesto Couscous Salad Recipe a try next time you are in a hurry!
If you love it, thanks so much for rating recipe in the comments below. 😃
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