Black Bean and Bell Pepper Cous Cous Salad

Hubby LOVES this salad. The first time we had it was on our summer vacation with our good friends S&S. We rented a house in PA and just hung out on a lake all week. It was a great time. Since we had a whole house, we took turns cooking dinner. It saved us a bunch of money and prevented us from eating like crap for a whole week. In fact, we only ate out once the entire week and that was for breakfast on our way out of town.

Steph made this salad one of the nights that they cooked. I think Hubby wanted to eat the entire bowl of it that night. It does make a large batch, so if you’re making this for just two people, definitely cut it in half.

Since last summer, we’ve made this over and over. Every time it’s awesome. We just grab whatever color of bell peppers are ripe at the time and throw them in.

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Black Bean and Bell Pepper Cous Cous Salad

Yield: 8


1 cup uncooked couscous
1 1/4 cups chicken broth
3 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
2 Tbsp fresh lime juice
1 tsp red wine vinegar
1/2 tsp ground cumin
8 green onions, chopped

1 red bell pepper, seeded and chopped
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
1 cup frozen corn kernels, thawed
2 (15 ounce) cans black beans, drained
salt and pepper to taste


Bring chicken broth to a boil in a 2 quart or larger sauce pan and stir in the couscous. Cover the pot and remove from heat. Let stand for 5 minutes.

In a large bowl, whisk together the olive oil, lime juice, vinegar and cumin. Add green onions, red pepper, cilantro, corn and beans and toss to coat.

Fluff the couscous well, breaking up any chunks. Add to the bowl with the vegetables and mix well. Season with salt and pepper to taste and serve at once or refrigerate until ready to serve.

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11 Responses to “Indian Spiced Chickpeas with Spinach”

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    USA Kiwi (Kylee) — February 20, 2013 at 9:34 am

    I love a good indian spiced dish – this looks great, and would be perfect to eat at lunchtime!

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    Shannon — February 20, 2013 at 10:33 am

    this sounds great- so quick and full of flavor, perfect for weekday lunches! hope things are going well in cinci!

    • beantownbaker — February 24th, 2013 @ 10:25 am

      Thanks – things are starting to get settled here. We are closing on a house in a few weeks, so we’ll be moving again soon. Hope all is going well for you back in Boston!

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    Nutmeg Nanny — February 21, 2013 at 9:37 am

    I hope you are finding Ohio welcoming…even though it’s cold! These chickpeas seem like the perfect dish to help you feel warm and cozy.

    • beantownbaker — February 24th, 2013 @ 10:26 am

      Thanks! We are finding Ohio welcoming. Everyone here is so nice (even if they can’t merge in to traffic to save their life…)

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    Erica @ In and Around Town — February 21, 2013 at 9:50 am

    Chick peas and spinach – always make for a delicious and hearty meal! Definitely a good choice.

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    gerry — February 21, 2013 at 1:32 pm

    Is there a substitute for garam masala?

    • beantownbaker — February 24th, 2013 @ 10:28 am

      Garam Masala has a unique flavor, but it is made from a combination of other spices so I’m sure you could find a substitute on the internet somewhere…

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    Julia — March 9, 2013 at 2:42 am

    This is the perfect go-to recipe for a busy lifestyle…healthful, tasty and so easy to throw together! I hope things settle down for you and your hubs and your place begins feeling more warm and cozy! Meanwhile, you have a delicious satisfying recipe to comfort you!

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    Rosie @ Blueberry Kitchen — March 10, 2013 at 11:28 am

    Oh yum, this looks so warming and delicious!

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