Make this Caprese Couscous Salad Recipe for lunch, dinner or a potluck. This fresh and easy side dish is full of flavor! Fresh tomato, mozzarella and basil with couscous and balsamic dressing. Hand picked, quality ingredients make this simple dish extra special!
I am not one to preach about only buying organic, cage free, nitrate free, preservative free, etc. Really, I just believe in choosing the ingredients that you personally feel good about and can afford. And most importantly, buying ingredients from someone you can trust. This can be local farmer’s or your favorite grocery store.
During the warm months I buy much of my produce at the local farmer’s market. When speaking with the farmers you can sense their passion for food and that is carried over to their products. They are always more than happy to answer questions and share their knowledge with you.
The farmer’s market vendor that sold me these perfectly ripe tomatoes beamed with pride as I took photos. He happily joked about his soon to be famous tomatoes.
The nice lady that sold me fresh basil let me know to trim the bottoms and place into a cup with room temperature water. A very helpful tip for keeping basil peppy for a few extra days.
It is this kind of personal interaction and extra attention that keeps me going back to the farmer’s market. Plus it is so great to know exactly where my produce is coming from. And every time I learn something new it makes me a better cook.
Not everyone can get to a local farmer’s market. The prices can be a bit higher and most markets are closed during the winter.
That is when I go to my favorite grocery store. I’ve learned over the years that sometimes great service is worth the couple extra dollars. I prefer to go to a smaller grocer and buy a few less groceries that are higher in quality. We all know that quality can vary depending on the store. So choose the store you can trust. It is about balance. I buy mostly organic produce, organic dairy and cage free organic eggs. But I do not live or die by these rules.
So I guess what I’m saying is, what is more important than the food that we put into our bodies each and every day? Buy food from people you trust and find what works for you.
Caprese Couscous Salad Recipe
1½ Cups Israeli Couscous – cooked according to package instructions then cooled
12 ounces Small Vine Ripe Tomatoes – halved
15 Mini Fresh Mozzarella Balls – quartered
3-4 Fresh Basil Leaves – cut into ribbons
1/4 Cup extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 Tablespoon Balsamic Vinegar
1/4 teaspoon Sea Salt
Pinch Cracked Pepper
1/4 teaspoon Dried Italian Seasoning
1 Garlic Clove – grated
1/2 teaspoon Sugar
Combine couscous, tomatoes, mozzarella and basil.
Mix dressing ingredients and toss couscous salad with dressing.
Refrigerate and serve.
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Dorothy at Shockingly Delicious says
I make a similar summer salad with Israeli cous cous. Thanks for reminding me of it, and yours looks absolutely wonderful!
Nicole Harris says
I shop the same way—I’m willing to shell out a few extra pennies for quality products. Your salad is just my style, too! LOVE all the Caprese ingredients with Israeli couscous!
I am gluten free – would this work with quinoa or rice? Or perhaps a smaller pasta would work equally well as couscous?
Nicole Harris says
Yes, Deni. I think quinoa or rice would be delicious!
Angie | Big Bear's Wife says
I love buying my produce at the farmers market every summer and I’m totally like that when it comes to shopping. I try to buy the best I can afford and sometimes that’s not “the best” Also, I’m pinning this asap because I’ve got to make it!
Nicole Harris says
Lori Yates says
I love the farmer’s market for all the same reasons. And don’t even get me started on my obsession with Israeli couscous. I love this fresh, approachable recipe!
Julie @ Willow Bird Baking says
I keep wanting to get into my local farmer’s market! I love this post.