Caprese Cous Cous Salad

Some of my favorite summer memories, even from recent years, involve sitting outside with friend, talking late into the warm night, enjoying BBQ fare and cold drinks. Whether we were crammed onto a tiny balcony in someone’s highrise building, or enjoying the sprawling skyline on another person’s rooftop deck, these were the best low-key summer nights.

With Memorial Day weekend approaching, I can’t help but think about these great nights, BBQing with friends. When I first moved to Chicago, there was one side dish my friend made that became a fixture at our cookouts. I’m not sure if she still makes this Caprese Cous Cous Salad, but I am carrying on the tradition and insisting it becomes a summer staple. With tomatoes coming into season, this salad is a perfect way to enjoy one of the fruits of the summer. The fresh basil, mixed throughout the Israeli cous cous and fresh mozzarella, make for a fragrant dish and a beautiful presentation.

As you plan for your first BBQs of the season, consider this Caprese Cous Cous Salad, that is sure to be a hit.

Have a great Memorial Day weekend!IMG_5905 IMG_5906 IMG_5907 IMG_5908 IMG_5909 IMG_5910

Caprese Cous Cous Salad

What You Need

  • 1 3/4 cup uncooked Israeli cous cous (or 1 box Trader Joe's Israeli cous cous)
  • Chicken broth or water for cooking
  • 1 cup sliced cherry or heirloom tomatoes
  • 3/4 cup diced fresh mozzarella cheese
  • 1/4 fresh basil, chiffonade
  • 3 tablespoons good olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons good balsamic vinegar
  • Salt and pepper to taste

What To Do

  1. Prepare cous cous according to package directions, being sure to toast the cous cous in a pan before cooking. I use chicken broth for cooking to add extra flavor, but the package will most likely say use water. Either are fine.
  2. Once cous cous is cooked, transfer to large bowl and allow it cool, bringing it to room temperature.
  3. When cous cous is cooled, remaining ingredients to cous cous. Mix to coat all ingredients in olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
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