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Grilled Vegetable Couscous Salad for a Light Night of Cooking

Enjoy all the flavors of the season with this easy-to-prep, low-cook meal that’s perfect for those nights when you want something light yet nourishing. This Grilled Vegetable Couscous Salad is just the ticket.

white bowl of couscous and vegetables on a black table with napkin

Some nights you just don’t want to cook. The day is long, and your temper, quite frankly, is short. You could go get take out. Or open a box of cold cereal….

Or…

whip up a batch of this low-prep Grilled Vegetable Couscous. It looks like something fancy, but seriously will take minutes to prep. Even less if you buy the veggies all ready to go in the produce section.

Grilled Vegetable Couscous Salad for a Light Night of Cooking

This Grilled Vegetable Couscous is actually inspired by a ready-to-eat salad I enjoyed in London, and Oxford, and probably some little village in the Cotswolds. I, too, was surprised to find a tasty, gourmet-level salad at a grocery store.

I was even more pleasantly surprised to find out how EASY it was to make at home.

Israeli couscous, also known as pearl couscous, cooks up in just minutes. Grilled vegetables take 15 minutes tops. While those two items to their thing — without heating up the kitchen — you mix up the spice-laden dressing — without breaking a sweat.

The result is a simple, delicious Vegetable Couscous that makes for a light night of cooking.

bowl of grilled vegetables and pearl couscous on a black table

How to make this good and cheap:

Here are some of the strategies you can use to make this recipe more economical:

  • Stock up on ingredients when they are on sale. Instead of paying full price, buy more than you need when you see it on sale. Then you always have it when you want it. For this recipe, that means keeping Israeli couscous, some spices, and a good handful of grilling veggies on hand.
  • Shop the stores that have the best prices. When I did my big grocery store showdown, I learned that ALDI and Costco have the best prices for a lot of the things I buy. Sprouts usually kills them both on produce. I regularly stock up on peppers, onions, and summer squash when I see them at low prices.

How I make this recipe easy:

This recipe really couldn’t be easier than it is, but having the right kitchen tools can really make your time in the kitchen more enjoyable. Over time, I’ve honed my collection so that they are perfect for my needs.

Here are the tools that I use for this recipe:

  • plastic cutting boards – I have blue boards for veggies and white boards for meat.
  • Ergo Chef chef’s knife – I’ve had my set for several years and they work well.
  • a great pot with a lid — Currently I’m in love with this one.
  • a reliable grill – We bought this one last summer and absolutely dig it.

close-up of vegetables and couscous in a white bowl

Enjoy all the flavors of the season with this easy-to-prep, low-cook meal that’s perfect for those nights when you want something light yet nourishing. This Grilled Vegetable Couscous Salad is just the ticket.

  1. In a blender or food processor, blend the lemon juice, vinegar, basil, cilantro, parsley, garlic, red pepper flakes, turmeric, oregano, and ginger until smooth. Season to taste with sugar, salt, and pepper. Add the olive oil in a thin stream, blending well. Adjust the seasonings and set aside.

grilled vegetable couscous salad in white bowl with spoon

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