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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12 Responses to “Indian Spiced Beans”

  1. #
    Fun and Fearless in Beantown — January 11, 2011 at 5:09 pm

    This does look easy and the ingredients seem really flavorful! I love simple meals like this that have a lot of flavor and make great leftovers 🙂

  2. #
    Melissa — January 11, 2011 at 5:26 pm

    I love Indian Food! I totally agree about the smell of garam masala cooking!

  3. #
    Daisy — January 11, 2011 at 6:28 pm

    sounds like a delicious easy meal! Great to see you and hubby last night!

  4. #
    Mom-in-law — January 11, 2011 at 8:52 pm

    BB – what is garam masala? What spices are in it (maybe I can recreate with what I already have).

  5. #
    In and Around Town — January 11, 2011 at 8:55 pm

    Looks like an easier dinner made a bit more fun with the Indian twist!

  6. #
    Jen — January 11, 2011 at 9:00 pm

    Mom-in-law: I buy garam masala at a small Indian market near our place. I did a quick Google and came up with this recipe.

  7. #
    Bridget — January 12, 2011 at 4:15 am

    I love garam masala!!! It’s one of my favorite ingredients.

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    We Are Not Martha — January 12, 2011 at 6:23 am

    Yum! I love Indian food and this is a great way to make it at home without a whole lot of work. And pretty healthy, too 🙂


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    Robo Stir — January 12, 2011 at 3:43 pm

    These Indian spiced beans look great! Thanks so much for the recipe.

  10. #
    Michal Najman — January 7, 2013 at 10:28 am

    This will be cooked in Prague today with minor modifications 🙂 (Occhio beans..)

    • beantownbaker — January 7th, 2013 @ 8:52 pm

      Oh fun! I hope you enjoy them.

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    Rebecca Cooper — April 28, 2015 at 6:53 pm

    Would be helpful if the can size of the tomatoes were provided.

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