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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.

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!

10 minutes15 minutes

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.

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38 comments

  1. This  recipe should indicate that it needs to be made with the large grain  size couscous. The couscous sold boxed at the grocery store was too fine for this salad. My grocery store does not carry the large grain unfortunately. 

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    This salad was SO delicious! I love all of your recipes but was a bit hesitant about this one as it seemed to have mixed reviews. However, I had all the ingredients on hand and needed a side dish for dinner so decided to give it a try. I’m so glad that I did! The lime juice and zest brought out the flavors in the avocado and strawberry. And, the pine nuts gave it the right amount of complexity. It will definitely be a summer staple. Thank you!

  3. Love all the ingredients separately, but found the combination to be inedible. Sorry I wasted my money on the ingredients.

  4. So, do the strawberries taste strange in this salad. I can’t imagine a fruit with those ingredients but it is such a beautiful salad, has me wanting to try it when my daughter visits this weekend.

  5. Looking at the picture of the salad what are the round orange and green pieces. Could it be couscous cooked in colored water? Just curious because it is so attractive.

  6. Thanks for the recipe. It is a visually stunning dish, but I couldn’t get over the bitterness and overwhelming taste of olive oil from the vinaigrette. I even spooned it in to make sure I didn’t overdress. The second time I made this I tried it with just mashing some strawberries with a little apple cider vinegar, and apple juice as the dressing. More palatable especially for kids, but a little dry. Anyone experiment with an alternate dressing?

  7. Hi! I really want to try this but, I am one of those people who despise cilantro. Cilantro tastes like soap to me. (I understand there are quite a few of us out here with same issue.) So, 1st question, would you have a swap suggestion? 2nd question …. I thought about taking this to a reunion. Shoukd I wait until last minute to put the dressing in or is it good after it sits awhile. I know lime tends to break things down. Thanks for your help!
    Tina

    • Parsley would be a great substitute. And yes, you can toss in the dressing right before serving. Hope that helps!

  8. This looks so delicious!! But I cringe just thinking about apple cider vinegar– any sub ideas? 

    • Unfortunately, without further recipe testing, I cannot answer with certainty. As always, please use your best judgment.

  9. Another attractive photos of your creativity like you always have, they are beautiful! I wonder what is the small orange stuff appeared! Is it the colored couscous? They are the same size and shape as the couscous!

  10. Made this today for my family and it was UUUHHHMAZING! Used fresh corn and probably will add more to it next time I make it. Also added more strawberries and cilantro 🙂

  11. How many people will this recipe serve? 

  12. I love your recipes! Funny that most recipes I pin from pinterest end up being yours. I’m not fond of cilantro would basil be a good substitute?

  13. I want to make this on Wednesday! But what about the corn? Raw? Cooked? Fresh? Canned? Frozen?

    thanks!
    lyn

  14. Can you make this the night before and serve for lunch? Maybe add the avocado at the last minute? Just wondering as I would love to take this for “food day” this week at my office. Thanks!

  15. Is this dish served warm or cold? I’m confused.

  16. What kind of couscous did you use? Mine did not turn out as large or fluffy. It had more of a grainy texture, like quinoa. I following the package directions, which was to boil the water, quickly stir in the couscous, remove from heat, and let sit covered for 5 minutes, then fluff with a fork. I’m wondering if I did something wrong or if it was the brand I chose, because it did not look like yours in the pictures. Still tasty though!

  17. This is using Israeli couscous, not the typical couscous, just FYI!

  18. Such a refreshing and satisfying dish! I wanted to inhale it, so many different delicious flavors. I couldn’t find cilantro, so I used fresh basil instead. I also substituted sunflower seeds for pine nuts. Super tasty!

  19. This salad is addictive! So simple yet so tasty. Thanks!!!!

  20. Haha! I love Friends too! I found & subscribed to your blog a few days ago and already love it! This recipe sounds amazing and perfect for summer! I love Israeli cous cous too and will definitely have to try this recipe. This is also going to sound totally random…but you look really familiar, did you go to USC..? I could be way off lol! Anyway, have a good weekend! Thanks for posting awesome recipes!

    • Yes, went to USC from 2010-2012 for MPH. Were you in that program?

      • Weird! No I studied communication…maybe our paths crossed at some other point. haha random. Anyway, great blog, I love your pictures, you do a great job. I’m in the process of majorly practicing mine haha 🙂

  21. This is such a beautiful couscous creation, love!!! I want a giant bowl right NOW!

  22. Why did I find this now? I was all ready to move on to pumpkin recipes and now you’ve got me wanting to retreat back to summer! 😉 Seriously, though, this looks unique and delicious…can’t wait to try it!

    • I don’t think I’m ready for the pumpkin recipes just yet – I want to hang onto summer produce for as long as possible!

  23. Haha I love friends, I can clearly remember this episode 🙂 and I love this dish, the flavors are so perfect for one another!