Couscous Salad, Caprese-style; hot!

We’re having a heat wave. (Someone should write a song about that….)

Those of us who do not have air-conditioning cook differently when the temperature approaches (or exceeds) 100F (38C)

We do things like plan on cold main courses that can be cooked in the morning before the heat sets in.

Like Salmon Chaud Froid, chilled, poached salmon with Pesto Mayonnaise

Or Vitello Tonnato, chilled veal cutlets with Tuna Sauce

We do a lot of outdoor cooking and we make side dishes that require very little heat.

If one lives in Europe, the chicken broth for this Couscous Salad can be heated in about 90 seconds in an electric kettle.

I used green and purple basil.

Couscous Salad, Caprese-style

Total time: 15 minutes .


  • 1/2 cup (3oz, 90gr) couscous
  • 3/4 cup (6oz, 180ml) chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup (2oz, 60gr) cherry tomatoes, cut in half
  • 1/2 cup mini mozzarella balls, (about 8) cut in half
  • 2 tbs fresh basil, chopped
  • 2 tbs white balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tbs salad olive oil
  • 1 tbs Dijon-style mustard

Couscous Salad


  • Heat chicken broth to a boil.
  • Put couscous in a medium bowl.
  • When broth is boiling pour over couscous, cover and let stand for 10 minutes… Do not stir it.
  • When couscous is done, add tomatoes, mozzarella, basil and fluff gently with a fork to combine.
  • Put the vinegar, mustard and oil in a small bowl.
  • Whisk well and stir into couscous. Serve.

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We also do things like rub doggie bellies and paws with cool, wet towels and have all playtime in the shade.

The good thing is our pool is finally finished and full of water.

The bad thing is this heat wave is supposed to last well into next week.


Last update on August 3, 2018

6 thoughts on “Couscous Salad, Caprese-style; hot!”

  1. YAY for the pool!! Pictures??

    I’ve had couscous in my pantry forever and haven’t seen a good recipe to try it. I’ve never had it and have heard…things about it. So I think I’ll try this recipe since it has all of the other things I like 🙂

    • Pictures in the camera – coming soon lol Couscous is not the most flavorful thing in the world (like rice or pasta, I guess) but it is easy and lends itself to salads and such.

    • Our old dog used to love to play with the hose and lay under the sprinkler (we’d turn it on just for her). These are such scaredy dogs they wouldn’t do any of that. I have no idea why they are such wimps….

  2. I’m heading out of town tomorrow and really wasn’t in the mode to cook. Came across this recipe and surprisingly I had all the ingredients down to the mini mozzarella balls. Perfect summer dish! For the left overs tonight I have some Persian cucumbers, herbed feta and Greek olives I can change it up with. Maybe a little fresh mint. What a great and versatile recipe! The dressing is spot on! Thank you from saving me from a fast food lunch and dinner.

    • Glad to be of help! And I love the cucumber, feta, and mint idea. Greek olives go in most salads at our house. Must put cucumbers on my shopping list. Sadly, I can’t grow them here. I’ve tried and they are always bitter.

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