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Couscous Salad with Lime Basil Vinaigrette in a bowl with a spoon.

Couscous Salad with Lime Basil Vinaigrette


  • Author: Lindsay
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 6 1x

Description

A bright, zippy, unexpectedly delicious couscous salad that’s packed with sweet potatoes, black beans, spinach, feta, and more – all tossed with a life-changing lime basil vinaigrette!


Ingredients

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Couscous Sweet Potato Black Bean Salad

  • 3/4 cup couscous
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 sweet potatoes, peeled and diced (about 3 cups)
  • 1 14-ounce can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 cups baby spinach, cut into small pieces
  • 4 ounces crumbled feta cheese
  • half a red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup chopped pistachios (optional)

Lime Basil Vinaigrette

  • 1 bunch of fresh basil (1/2 cup packed)
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • juice of 12 limes (to taste)
  • 1 clove garlic 
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup waterif needed

Instructions

  1. Pulse all dressing ingredients in a food processor until smooth-ish.
  2. Cook couscous in 1 cup water, according to package directions. Fluff with a fork and cool.
  3. Place sweet potatoes in a skillet with about 1/2 cup water and a sprinkle of salt. Cover and simmer until fork-tender. Drain and set aside to cool.
  4. Toss all ingredients together with dressing, season with salt and pepper, and serve! (OR, store each ingredient individually for salads throughout the week.)

Equipment

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Category: Salad
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: couscous salad, meal prep salad, large batch salad, sweet potato salad, basil dressing, healthy lunch prep