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Roasted Tomato & Olive Pearl Couscous

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Clock Icon for Prep Time 30 min prep
Person Icon for Serving Size 6 servings
Carrot Icon for Number of Ingredients Size 14 ingredients

Pearl couscous is a fabulously showy version of the pantry staple. It looks gorgeous and tastes delicious in this Roasted Tomato & Olive Pearl Couscous which is a macro version of tabbouleh that uses slow...


  • 2 pints (4 cups) red grape or cherry tomatoes
  • 3 large garlic cloves, unpeeled
  • ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • ¼ cup warm water
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • 2¾ cups Chicken Broth
  • 2¼ cups pearl (Israeli) couscous
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ½ cup Kalamata or other brine-cured black olives, pitted and chopped
  • ⅓ cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh mint
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme
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Nutrition Facts


473 cals


15 g

Saturated Fat

2 g

Polyunsaturated Fat

2 g

Monounsaturated Fat

10 g


75 g


17 g


5 g


12 g


640 mg


  1. Preheat oven to 250 degrees.
  2. Halve tomatoes through stem ends and arrange cut sides up, in a single layer on a large baking pan with the unpeeled garlic. Roast in the middle of oven until tomatoes are slightly shriveled around edges, about 1 hour. Cool in pan on a rack 30 minutes.
  3. Squeeze roasted garlic out of its skin and puree with the olive oil, water, lemon juice, salt, pepper, and ½ cup roasted tomatoes in a blender until dressing is very smooth.
  4. Bring the chicken broth to a boil in a 3-quart heavy saucepan and stir in couscous, then simmer, uncovered, 6 minutes. Cover pan and remove from heat. Let stand for 10 minutes.
  5. Spread couscous in 1 layer on a baking sheet and cool 15 minutes. Transfer couscous to a bowl and stir with the pureed dressing, roasted tomatoes, olives, parsley, mint, thyme and salt and pepper to taste.

Chef Tips

If you are on an anti microbial diet, remove 1 tablespoon of the oil for the salad dressing ingredients. Heat the oil in a wok or small skillet and sauté the fresh chopped herbs for 2 minutes. Add the hot oil and herbs to the blended dressing, and stir to mix. Make salad as directed.

Roasted tomatoes, dressing, and couscous can be made 1 day ahead and kept separately, covered and chilled. Bring to room temperature before making the salad.

Registered Dietitian Approved

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