Israeli Couscous Salad with Beet and Feta

With gorgeous magenta beet and cubes of feta, this Israeli Couscous Salad is the side dish so beautiful, it may as well just be the main course!

With gorgeous magenta beet and cubes of feta, this Israeli Couscous Salad is the side dish so beautiful, it may as well just be the main course!

We all need a back pocket kind of side dish that we can whip up when dinner becomes an afterthought. And when that side dish looks (and tastes!) as fun and festive as this Israeli Couscous Salad, no one will guess how easy it was to make. Just roast some beets, stir them together with Israeli (a.k.a. Pearl) Couscous, and toss with lemon juice and feta cheese!

With gorgeous magenta beet and cubes of feta, this Israeli Couscous Salad is the side dish so beautiful, it may as well just be the main course!

We’re making this couscous salad with a particularly fun variety of couscous. It’s called “pearl” or “Israeli” couscous, defined by its larger size and slightly chewy texture. It’s made from semolina or wheat flour, making for a slightly neutral taste (a bit like pasta) until you flavor it up with sauce or other ingredients.

And when you mix it with roasted beets, it becomes a vibrant pink color that instantly brightens up the dinner table! We’ll throw in a touch of lemon juice and feta cheese to offset the distinct beet flavor, sprinkle with salt and pepper, and serve!

With gorgeous magenta beet and cubes of feta, this Israeli Couscous Salad is the side dish so beautiful, it may as well just be the main course!

Here’s what you’ll need for Israeli Couscous Salad:

  • Israeli Couscous: Otherwise known as Pearl Couscous. You can substitute it with quinoa, bulgur, or wild rice!
  • Red Beets: Roasted to bring out the natural sweetness and release some juices, important for that bright pink couscous.
  • Lemon Juice: The acid in the lemon juice reacts with the beets to make the color even more vibrant. Because this recipe has such few ingredients, try to use fresh lemons for the best taste possible.
  • Feta Cheese: My favorite pairing with beets. You could substitute soft goat cheese (or even ricotta, if you prefer a milder cheese).
With gorgeous magenta beet and cubes of feta, this Israeli Couscous Salad is the side dish so beautiful, it may as well just be the main course!

Israeli Couscous Salad with Beet and Feta

With gorgeous magenta beet and cubes of feta, this Israeli Couscous Salad is the side dish so beautiful, it may as well just be the main course!

Course Salads, Side Dishes
Cuisine Mediterranean
Keyword couscous salad, grain salad, Israeli couscous, pearl couscous
Diet Vegetarian
Occasion 4th of July, Christmas, Easter, Thanksgiving, Valentine’s Day
Time 30 minutes or less, 45 minutes or less
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 279 kcal
Author Live Eat Learn

Ingredients

  • 3 large red beets
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil 15 mL
  • 2 cups water 440 mL
  • 1 1/2 cups Israeli couscous 250 g
  • 1 tsp lemon juice 5 mL
  • ¼ tsp each salt and pepper
  • 1/2 cup cubed feta 50 g

Instructions

  1. Roast Beets: Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (204 C). Peel and dice beets, then spread onto a parchment-lined rimmed baking sheet. Drizzle with oil, tossing to evenly coat, then roast for 30 minutes, or until fork-tender.

  2. Cook Couscous: Meanwhile, bring water to a boil in a medium pot and add couscous. Cover and cook for about 10 minutes, or until couscous is “al dente” and water is absorbed.

  3. Toss Together: When beets are hot out of the oven, mix them in with the cooked couscous, along with any beet juice in the pan, lemon juice, salt, and pepper, stirring to spread the bright pink juices of the beets onto the couscous. Toss with feta cheese and serve (warm or chilled)

Nutrition Facts
Israeli Couscous Salad with Beet and Feta
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 279 Calories from Fat 73
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 8.1g 12%
Saturated Fat 3.3g 17%
Cholesterol 17mg 6%
Sodium 415mg 17%
Potassium 242mg 7%
Total Carbohydrates 43.3g 14%
Dietary Fiber 3.3g 13%
Sugars 7.7g
Protein 9.2g 18%
Calcium 8%
Iron 7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

This post contains affiliate links, which means if you make a purchase after clicking a link, I may earn a commission (at no extra cost to you). I first published this recipe over on Amanda’s Cookin’, where I’m a contributor. Thanks so much for dropping by and for making easy vegetarian recipes like this Israeli Couscous Salad possible!

With gorgeous magenta beet and cubes of feta, this Israeli Couscous Salad recipe is the side dish so gorgeous and full of flavor, it may as well just be the main course! It's a healthy side idea for family dinner. #couscous #saladrecipes #vegetarianrecipes #sidedishes

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