Strawberry Avocado Couscous Salad with Lime Vinaigrette

With a refreshing lime vinaigrette and fresh, summer produce, this Israeli couscous makes for a perfect summer salad!

Strawberry Avocado Couscous Salad with Lime Vinaigrette - With a refreshing vinaigrette and fresh produce, this makes for a perfect salad!

I’ve been somewhat obsessed with the whole strawberry-avocado combo lately so with the ingredients I had on hand, I decided to make a summer salad with a refreshing lime vinaigrette, except I used an ingredient I’ve never cooked with before: Israeli couscous.

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I honestly never even heard about couscous until I watched Friends, season 4, episode 19, where Ross and Rachel Take a Break. (Can you tell I’m a bit of a Friends fan?) So in this episode, Rachel is stuck at work but Ross, being the insecure man that he is, brings a picnic over to Bloomingdales so that they can celebrate their anniversary. Rachel is completely flustered but Ross unpacks his little picnic basket and says, “Yeah, but I got couscous!”

Strawberry Avocado Couscous Salad with Lime Vinaigrette - With a refreshing vinaigrette and fresh produce, this makes for a perfect salad!

Since I watched this episode, I’ve always had the wonders of couscous in the back of my mind, and I’m so glad I have finally been able to try it after all these years. I love the nuttiness of the couscous, and the grain-pasta-like-hybrid texture. And with fresh, summer produce like strawberries, avocado and sweet corn kernels tossed in a sweet and tangy lime vinaigrette, you’ll have summer in a bowl!

Strawberry Avocado Couscous Salad with Lime Vinaigrette

With a refreshing vinaigrette and fresh produce, this makes for a perfect salad!

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup couscous
  • 1 avocado, halved, seeded, peeled and diced
  • 1/2 cup corn kernels
  • 1/2 cup strawberries, quartered
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro leaves
  • 2 tablespoons pine nuts

For the lime vinaigrette

  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • Zest of 1 lime
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 2 teaspoons sugar, or more to taste

Directions:

  1. To make the vinaigrette, whisk together olive oil, apple cider vinegar, lime zest and juice, and sugar in a small bowl; set aside.
  2. In a medium saucepan, cook couscous according to package instructions.
  3. In a large bowl, combine couscous, avocado, corn, strawberries, cilantro and pine nuts. Stir in lime vinaigrette.
  4. Serve immediately.