Today I’m sharing this easy summer recipe as part of a sponsored post for SocialStars using Walmart Produce. As usual, all opinions are my own.
I’ve been on a huge summer food kick.
I’m not usually one to cook with the seasons because I want to eat what I want when I want it. This year, however, I’ve managed to keep my herbs alive in a little box right outside my front door so now I’m looking for any excuse to use them. I love how having those herbs bursting forth right in front of me inspires the use of additional fresh produce.
These little organic grape tomatoes I found in the Walmart Produce section were the perfect match for my basil. I was also happy to find some tiny little mozzarella pearls that matched in size perfectly. Paired up with some pearled couscous, olive oil, and balsamic drizzle, this makes a great hot or cold meal that’s perfect for an outdoor gathering or potluck. Caprese couscous is the ideal salad for those of you who, like me, can’t stand the usual mayo-heavy pasta salads you often find at gatherings.
My kids want to eat this balsamic drizzle on everything, and seriously, who wouldn’t? In about 15 minutes you have a pasta salad that is light, healthy, and seasonal. What’s your favorite way to use summer produce?
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2 cups balsamic vinegar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 6 ounce box pearled couscous
12 basil leaves, cut into thin strips
1/2 cup grape tomatoes, halved
1/2 cup fresh mozzarella pearls
2-3 tablespoons olive oil
In a medium saucepan, bring balsamic vinegar and brown sugar to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly until the sugar dissolves. Once bubbling, reduce heat slightly and allow to cook until thickened, 10-20 minutes. Allow the cooked vinegar to cool slightly. It will continue to thicken as it cools.
Meanwhile, prepare couscous according to package directions. Once fully cooked, add basil, tomatoes, mozzarella, and olive oil to taste, stirring gently to incorporate everything. Divide amongst bowls and drizzle with the balsamic vinegar reduction. Alternatively, transfer the entire couscous mixture to a large bowl and drizzle balsamic reduction over the top. Serve warm or at room temperature.