Beetroot Pearl Couscous Salad


Having a BBQ? Create a lovely pretty pink beetroot pearl couscous salad as a side dish for your next barbecue. It taste amazing and the color is stunning!

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Beetroot pearl couscous salad
Veronique van Ohmydish

Made by Véronique

Published at 2016-07-21, this recipe is for 8 people and takes 30 minutes.

Founder of Ohmydish (established 2014). Would happily spend her entire day in the kitchen. Previously worked in the hospitality industry as an independent chef and is ready and willing to help you gain confidence in the kitchen. With her easy-to-follow recipes, helpful tips, and cooking knowledge, you will be making the very tastiest dishes yourself in no time! Véronique's recipes are intended for everyone, from beginners to advanced home cooks.

Updated at: 01-02-2023

30 minutes 8 people Side dishes
Beetroot pearl couscous salad


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  • 200 gram pearl couscous
  • 3 medium-sized raw red beets (or use pre-cooked instead)
  • 1 shallot
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 teaspoon mustard (e.g. Dijon mustard)
  • 25 ml apple cider vinegar
  • 75 ml olive oil + extra
  • pepper and salt to taste
  • optional: 1 vegetable stock cube
  • small handful parsley
  • small handful dill
Beetroot pearl couscous salad ingredients
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Kitchen equipment

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  • cutting board & chef's knife
  • medium-sized pan
  • brush or sponge to scrub the raw beats
  • tin foil
  • oven
  • blender
  • paring knife
  • wooden spoon
  • fork

Beetroot Pearl Couscous Salad

30 minutes 8 people Side dishes

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Preparation -- 20 minutes + waiting time

If you're using raw beets, clean them, and then you need to roast them in the oven for 1 hour at 180 degrees celsius or 350 degrees fahrenheit. Don't forget to wrap them in tin foil first, there's no need to wrap them all individually.

Meanwhile, peel and finely chop the garlic cloves and half of the shallot. The other half of the shallot is for the dressing. Add it along with the parsley (rinse it first if needed), mustard, and apple cider vinegar to the blender.

Mix until well blended, then slowly add the olive oil until you've reached a smooth dressing. Season with pepper and salt. Heat about 2 tablespoons of olive oil in the medium-sized pan and saute the chopped garlic and shallot for 1 minute.

Add the pearl couscous and saute for about 2 minutes. Pour in 1/2 a liter of water, or until the couscous is fully covered with water. You can season the water with salt or use a cube of vegetable stock for more flavor.

Cook the couscous for about 5 minutes and stir occasionally. You don't have to drain the couscous, therefore it's best to use a small amount of water. Transfer the couscous to a bowl and let it cool off slightly.  

Beetroot pearl couscous
Beetroot pearl couscous

Finishing the beetroot pearl couscous salad -- 10 minutes

Use a wooden spoon to loosen up the pearl couscous, otherwise, they will stick together in one big lump and that's not what we want.

When the roasted beets are ready and cooled off just enough so you can handle them with your hands, you can peel them using a paring knife.

Roughly chop them up and use a fork to create a coarse puree. Combine the "puree", pearl couscous, and dressing until well mixed. Season with pepper and salt and add the fresh dill. Enjoy!  

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