Gourmet Garden: Couscous with Greens

Pearl Couscous with Greens, Israeli couscous salad

Not your average potato or pasta salad, I guarantee this flavorful textural delight of a couscous side dish will have your friends and family asking for more! So far, I’ve made it three times: once just for the two of us, then for a casual dinner party where I was cooking for some of Don’s colleagues, and again for our visiting daughter, SIL and darling grandbaby! Yep, we’re officially grammy and pappy or whatever we will be called, the little cherub is all smiles and jibberish at this point :) Cuteness aside, this salad comes together so quickly and has a wonderful balance of flavors and texture: a little sweet and a little savory, pleasantly chewy couscous, bright flavors of lemon and cranberries, crunchy nuggets of gai lan (Chinese broccoli) and pine nuts, sparked by cilantro and parsley from the next best thing to fresh herbs – Gourmet Garden organic herb paste.

I was first introduced to this wonderful concept at Camp Blogaway, where Gourmet Garden had all of us cooks and bloggers doing what we love doing most – creating and playing with food. It was a fun hands-on demo where we squirted, mixed and then taste tested our own crudité dips.

Gourmet Garden herbs

Ideally, I prefer to use fresh herbs but when I buy fresh packages or bunches I inevitably find myself throwing some away a week later. Since I no longer have my kitchen garden, and my potted herbs were drowned in the rain, the Gourmet Garden herbs have come to the rescue when I’m too busy to run to the store. Plus, I don’t feel guilty about wasting – their tubes of herbs last up to 3 months in the fridge. Gourmet Garden’s herbs are organically grown and are simply washed, chopped, blended and packed into tubes to maintain all their fresh taste and nutrition. They’re an ideal solution for busy cooks who don’t want to lose out on flavor for their weekday cooking. They even have exotics like Lemon Grass so you don’t have to search specialty markets when you find a Thai or Asian recipe that’s calling your name but no lemon grass on hand. Here in So Cal, Albertson’s and Von’s stores carry Gourmet Garden, although the stores that I frequent only carry the Garlic, Basil, and Cilantro – and sometimes I see the Lemon Grass or Italian Herbs – depending on the store. Check the fresh produce section of your local supermarket next time you’re shopping.

Pearl Couscous with Greens, couscous salad


Pearl Couscous and Greens, couscous salad

I raved about gai lan in my Double Duty Dinners: Asian Short Ribs post where I included it in both the Short Rib Stew and the Asian Noodle Soup with Beef, Tofu and Greens. The 50 Best Plants on the Planet cookbook states that it’s understandable why gai lan is one of the most popular vegetables at Asian restaurants around the globe. It has an appealing crunch and a flavor profile that can be addictive (I am). The stalk, leaves, and the clusters of tightly packed buds have a delectable balance of sweet and peppery flavors. The taste is somewhat reminiscent of rapini, but the bitterness is more subdued by its more evident sweetness. Thank you to Melissa’s Produce and Cathy Thomas for this wonderful compilation of recipes and information on the 50 most nutrient-rich fruits and vegetables, no kitchen should be without it.

Have a fabulous weekend! 

10 Responses to “Gourmet Garden: Couscous with Greens”

  1. Laura (Tutti Dolci) February 15 at 10:33 am #

    I love couscous, what a lovely salad for spring!

  2. Jade Asian Greens February 15 at 4:30 pm #

    Priscilla, we love your substitution of gai land in here. What a great vegetarian lunch or dinner salad this would be!

    We’re going to feature this on our Facebook page and link here so people can see how you made it, and your lovely photography. If you wish, come LIKE us on Facebook for more recipes and tips on super healthy Asian green vegetables like baby bok choy, gai lan, dau miu, yu choy, gai choy, etc. https://www.facebook.com/Jade.Asian.Greens

    –Your friendly Southern California farmers at Jade Asian Greens

    • Priscilla February 17 at 9:41 am #

      Thank you for linking up! And I already LIKE your Facebook page :)

  3. Angie@Angie's Recipes February 16 at 3:42 am #

    A wonderful couscous salad, Priscilla.

  4. Victoria February 17 at 9:45 am #

    Those Gourmet Garden Herbs look like a great idea!! I will have to look into them. I too hate wasting herbs :( This couscous looks very similar to one I got from Whole Foods and really enjoyed. Love the dried cherries especially!

  5. Nancy@acommunaltable February 18 at 3:50 pm #

    Oh, this salad has my name written ALL over it! Will definitely be adding it to my lunch rotation! And I will definitely be picking up some of the Gourmet garden herb mixes – can’t wait to try them out!

  6. Kristi Rimkus February 19 at 8:26 pm #

    I don’t often use couscous, but just picked some up at our local Trader Joe’s. It sounds like this is a family and company pleasing recipe. This likes a good use for my purchase.

  7. RavieNomNoms February 20 at 11:16 am #

    I adore those garden gourmet things. I use them all the time. Couscous doesn’t get used nearly as much as I would like in my house, this looks great

  8. sippitysup May 23 at 6:36 am #

    I have been seeing the Gourmet Garden brand in more and more places. They must really be doing great. GREG

  9. Lisa (@whiskandcleaver) June 25 at 9:13 am #

    Great recipe – and thanks for the GF couscous recommendation! I always mean to get to Sprouts to pick one up there but it’s out of my way. I’ll have to add your suggestion to my Amazon wish list.

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