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Couscous Salad with Black Beans, Mushrooms, and Corn


A simple and healthy vegetarian salad of Israeli couscous makes a great weeknight meal. You won't miss the meat in this filling vegetarian dish. Black beans add protein, and avocado is rich in heart-healthy fat.

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  • Servings: 4

Source: Everyday Food, July/August 2010


  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup Israeli couscous
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 1/2 pound cremini or button mushrooms, sliced 1/2-inch thick
  • 1 small bunch scallions, white and green parts separated and thinly sliced
  • 1 1/4 cups fresh corn kernels (from 2 ears corn)
  • 1 can (15.5 ounces) black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1 jalapeno (optional), thinly sliced
  • 1 avocado, halved, pitted, peeled, and sliced


  1. In a medium saucepan, heat 1 tablespoon oil over medium-high. Add couscous and cook, stirring constantly, until golden brown and fragrant, about 4 minutes. Add 1 1/2 cups water, season with salt, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer until liquid is absorbed and couscous is tender, about 15 minutes.

  2. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, heat 2 teaspoons oil over medium-high. Cook mushrooms, stirring occasionally, until golden brown, about 5 minutes. Season mushrooms with salt and pepper; transfer to a large bowl. Add 1 teaspoon oil to skillet. Cook scallion whites and corn, stirring occasionally, until scallions are soft and corn is browned, about 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper and add to mushrooms.

  3. Add couscous, black beans, lime juice, jalapeno (if using), and scallion greens to mushroom mixture and toss to combine. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Divide among four bowls and top with avocado.

Cook's Notes

Israeli couscous is a tapioca-size pasta with a pleasingly chewy texture when cooked. Regular couscous, which is granular, cooks in a shorter amount of time. If you can't find Israeli couscous, cook regular couscous according to package instructions. Orzo also makes a good substitution.

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  • v1koch
    13 JUN, 2012
    I make this recipe all the time with cilantro added to it. My husband and I love it (our son, age 4) won't eat it. Highly recommend it! 5 stars!
  • Bhoumi
    26 MAY, 2012
    I am a vegetarian and often on the lookout for a well-balanced vegetarian recipe to take to pot-lucks that non-vegetarians will also like. This one seemed to meet the criteria. I made this dish with fire roasted corn (had frozen ones from Trader Joe's in my freezer- thawed, drained and put them in the pan with the scallions). I garnished it with chopped cilantro. The net outcome was delicious! Everyone at potluck loved it. And they were all meat-eaters! . Definitely a keeper!