Summer Vegetable Cous Cous With Feta And Pine Nuts For Fiesta Friday #26
I wanted a quick side dish that didn’t require standing over a hot stove, I had some great vegetables that I needed to use and some cous cous in the pantry and thought this will go nicely together. The vegetables I used are tri color small peppers, orange, yellow and red, yellow squash and sweet heirloom cherry tomatoes, I cranked the oven to 400 degree’s prepared the vegetables, drizzled with olive oil and sprinkled with salt and pepper and they were done in 15 minutes. The cous cous is so easy, I’m sure you know what I mean, boil some water, pour it over the cous cous, cover and let sit. I wanted to make this more interesting so I ran to my garden and got some parsley and mint which I chopped, thought well something crunchy like nuts would be nice and I remembered I had some pignoli in the freezer, I quickly toasted them on the stove top. To finish the dish I mixed it all together with some olive oil and the juice of lemon, sprinkled with more pine nuts and crumbled fets on top. Voila, easy, quick and delicious side or meal.
Fiesta Friday #26 is in full swing and I hope you all like my cous cous dish. Angie @The Novice Gardener is always there to make sure things are running smoothly and the co hosts this week, Prudy @Butter, Basil and Breadcrumbs and Jess @Cooking Is My Sport seem to have eyes in back of their heads keeping everything organized and in order. Great work everyone!
Here is what you will need for 4 servings:
1 summer squash, cut into bite size pieces
10 cherry tomatoes
4 small peppers with seeds removed and cut in half.
1 cup cous cous
1 cup water boiled
pine nuts about a cup toasted
feta for crumbling
a handful of parsley and mint leaves
salt and pepper
1 lemon juiced
Roast the vegetables in a hot oven 400 degrees for approximately 15 miniutes. Remove from oven, you can at the same time toast the pine nuts ( I didn’t think of it at the time but in retrospect it would be a good idea, just watch them carefully stirring frequently or they will burn.
Make the cous cous, when it’s rested the requisite time according to package directions fluff with a fork. Place cous cous, roasted vegetables about 3/4 of the toasted pine nuts,herbs, a little olive oil, lemon juice, season with salt and pepper and toss to combine. Sprinkle the remaining pine nuts and crumble feta on top and serve.
I love this is def on my up do lost has great ingredient a xx
Thanks so much, it makes a wonderful side or meal. Great with a poached egg on top!
Love that idea with the poached egg! Don’t know why I’ve never thought of that before, couscous with eggs. Will make a quick and satisfying, and yummy meal! Thanks, Suzanne.
oph yum, i havnt eaten yet..faints..sooo hungry x
I could eat this everyday!
Thanks Georgie, it’s so simple and delicious.
I’m making this today!…thank you so much for stopping by my blog…:)
Thank you also, your blog is just beautiful and the recipes look amazing.
That sounds like just the thing for a humid day, Suzanne. Pine nuts + cous cous = Magic any day!
Thanks Teagan, it really is such an easy dish to prepare with minimal hot oven time.
Cous cous is so delicious. We often have bulghur at home, but I should try more of this, it is really easier! Great combination, love pine nuts.
Thanks Viviana, I love cous cous, it’s so easy to prepare and there are some many ways to use it.
We make almost this exact recipe with orzo instead of cous cous at my house. I’m a HUGE lover of cous cous, so I think I prefer this version! It’s so fast to make xx
I love orzo, it would be equally as good as using cous cous. I must say though I just love cous cous and how easy it is to prepare. Thank you so much.
Theer’s so many things I love about this, Suzanne -the tri colored peppers, the cous cous, the pine nuts, the fresh herbs…such a wonderful combo – so when I come vissit – we can have this for lunch? 🙂
Hope you have a wonderful weekend!
When you come visit I would make a feast, this would definitely be included. Thanks Shashi.
Mmmmm , this looks DELICIOUS! 🙂
Thank you Brooke!
A wonderful summer dinner Suzanne! I really like how you topped it off with herbs, pine nuts, feta and lemon juice. Especially the mint. I am obsessed with mint right now. 🙂
I love mint and mix it in with my herbs all the time. It is so good in this dish. Thank you so much.
I love it! It looks so fresh and filling. I love cous cous any day of the year! Your presentation is also quite lovely.
Thank you so much, I just love cous cous and love making it with different vegetables and meats. So delicious.
Hi dear friend!!! I love this recipe!!! looks very delicious!
Thank you so so much!
Great even as a stand-alone dish, imo.
Thank you so much, yes I agree.
Delicious! I should save this and switch out the cous cous for quinoa since I can eat that. This looks fabulous!!!
Thanks Lori, it’s quick, healthful, nutritious and really yummy.
This is totally my kind of dish. I made something similar the other night with quinoa but didn’t add the pine nuts. GREAT idea 🙂
Thanks Susan, the pine nuts must say really make this special.
Next time I will add pine nuts in my couscous too! 🙂
It’s wonderful, be sure to toast them first. YUM!!
Happy Happy Fiesta Friday Suzanne!! Holy smokes my lovely…. just put this dish in front of me with a spoon (not a fork, because I want to be able to get every last bit of it!). This looks absolutely fab. The perfect dish to bring to our party this week…. and the perfect recipe for me to print up and put in my “favorites” recipe box! Seriously…this is the kind of meal that is so dangerous for me…. I lose all control. And then after I’ve eaten enough for three large men, the guilt sets in. 🙂 But that’s only short lived, because I’m usually back into the fridge later on with a spoon!!
Thank you so much for sharing this with all of us. I’m printing it up now! ❤ You're the best.
Oh you are so sweet. Thank you so much, it is truly my pleasure to bring to the Fiesta, I’ll be the one standing over your lovely chocolate oat bars, making sure they are safe and sound. Thanks so much, and thank you for co hosting!!
This is just incredible. …Apt for the weather and loved the combo of squash, cherry tomatoes and pine nuts with the flavour of mint….um what else can I say ….yum yum….
Thank you so much Chitra!
Mmmm, Suzanne! I love all of the ingredients here! This is my perfect lunch! 😀
I’ll swap for one of your goat cheese cakes. Can’t stop thinking about how good it would be on a bed of greens.
Fresh summer colours 🙂
It does look like summer, thank you Natasha!
What a perfect summer side- goes with everything or anything 🙂 Nice!
Thank you, it’s simple and yes, you are so right it goes with just about everything.
Thank you so much.
All my favorite ingredients in one dish! Nicely done:) yummy!!
Thank you so much!
This looks like such a wonderful, healthy summer dish!
It’s definitely healthful and because of the vegetables that are peak in summer it’s seasonal too. Any vegetables will do and it would be equally good. Thanks Nancy.
So simple yet so yummy and satisfying. A perfect summer dish! Brava!!!
Thank you Francesca, it’s really screaming summer.
Hevvingly !! I have one gripe with couscous: it’s never as hot as I want it to be because of sitting there soaking up the water while it ‘cooks’. Do you find that a problem, ever ?
Thanks M-R, yes thats a constant problem, I sometimes will keep the cous cous over a bain marie to keep warm, you have to keep fluffing and make sure the water is only gently warm so as not to keep cooking the cous cous, My favorite way though is to serve with a stew that is piping hot I find that when you do that it’s the perfect temp for eating.
Yup, I figured that serving it with something really hot would be the answer. I mostly eat it with vegies,and they’re really easy to cook in my thermal cooker.
Oh Suzanne, this is my kind of summer side to go along with some grilled fish or meat… or perfect just as it is for lunch or light dinner! I love simply all of these flavours. Delish!
Thanks Margot, yes thats what I made it for, had grilled chicken and this was great with it.
This is a very satisfying meal all by it self. Yum!
Thanks Fae whether a side or on it’s own its really good.
I like your Couscous with the addition of pine nuts, simple and so delicious. My version is so long, 2 hours 🙂
Oh but I bet yours is absolutely wonderful, did you post the recipe?
Suzanne I posted three recipes with couscous in Algerian category on (February, December and November), when I started blogging 😀 Enjoy the rest of your weekend!
cous-cous is very popular in France, and your salad is sooo yummy! 🙂 it’s been kinda a telepathy, ’cause I prepared almost a similar mixed salad last evening, I just added anchovies – marinated in olive oil, rosemary, basil & garlic, goat and sheep feta… my vinaigrette(dressing): olive oil, Dijon mustard, nut flavoured vinaigre, black pepper, garlic and maple syrup! bon appétit! 🙂
Oh I love your vinaigrette and your cous cous salad sounds delicious with the marinated anchovies. Delicious, do you have the recipe on your site? I will have to look.
Lovely couscous dish, Suzanne, and so colourful! I think I can adapt this recipe with winter vegetables and make it a winter couscous. 🙂 Thank you for the inspiration and enjoy the FF party!
Yes you could, butternut squash or some type of squash, other roots I would add some brussels sprouts. Endless possibilities thank you so much.
Great ideas, thanks!
Happy Fiesta Friday. I could see this as a good way of feeding hungry boyz. Thanks for bringing it along for us all to try.
Happy FF to you too and thank you so much.
this sounds delicious!!
best combo! what a great way to enjoy veggies 🙂
Thank you, even picky vegetable eaters liked it.
Looks so fabulous Suzanne and I love every ingredient. I LOVE couscous and I make something with grilled red bell peppers and green bell peppers and grilled artichokes and serve it all over couscous, it is so dang good. I love your version with all the pine nuts, that’s a great idea!
Minus the feta I finally made a dish that you could eat. LOL, thanks Brandi, it really is a lovely dish,
Lovely summer couscous!
Thanks Mochi, it’s really nice.
Love all the ingredients in this cous-cous! Very summery & delicious 🙂
Thank you, it is summery. The best thing about summer is the produce.
Your cous cous looks delicious, I love feta on anything. I will sometimes add asparagus spears and black olives to cous cous, gonna have to top with feta now! 🙂
Thanks so much Michael, love adding asparagus, if I had some it would have been n this. Feta is my favorite cheese.
Love cooking couscous in the summer time, you can add so much to it, and it certainly keeps the kitchen cool :). Great job!
Thanks Loretta, that’s so true. No standing over a hot stove.
Sounds prefect for hot summer days. It looks so colorful and it’s healthy too.
Thank you so much, low fat, lots of veggies it’s good.
This looks like a great side! I have been wanting to make something like this because I have cous cous to use- going to keep your yummy recipe in mind! 🙂
Love cous cous, thanks so much.
Yum! I’ve been looking for a nice simple cous cous recipe and yours looks delicious! Dumb Englishman question though… What’s a summer squash? 🙂
LOL, not dumb at all its a yellow squash, looks like zucchini or courgette except it’s yellow. If you can’t find zucchini will do nicely.
Ah brilliant thank you – everything has different names over here, but I reckon it’ll be lovely with a zucchini 🙂
Totally my kind of casserole Suzanne. Colorful, full of good vegetables, oven roasted. Nutty, cheese and lemon and mint…….. Gorgeous .
Thanks Sonali, it;s simple and healthful;. I love all the vegetables in this dish.
This is such a gorgeous, colourful healthy looking dish – absolutely wonderful.
Thanks so much, I love that it’s so easy and requires little time in a hot kitchen.
what a fantastic dish! Love how it’s still summery, even though it’s baked.
Thanks Liz, yes the veggies are roasted but only 15 minutes and the rest is no cook/bake.
Hi Suzanne, love cous cous, and roasted veggies, I bet they are delicious together.
Thank you so much Cheri, me too love both!!
What a great way to make a side dish out of summer veggies. I love feta and pine nuts together!
Thanks Christin, I am glad you visited and left a comment, I have not been able to leave a comment on your site. Everytime I do it freezes and I have to force quit, its only your site not sure why. You know I love your recipes and blog.
I also love the idea of a poached egg on top! Brilliant. This is such a fresh dish. Love that you “ran out into the garden for fresh herbs”. Isn’t summer wonderful?
Thanks Cindy, yes I love the summer, the produce the herbs everything fresh and bright flavor wise. Too bad it has to end.
Love this dish, so colourful and summery! I love that it’ll be versatile to different tastes too, will have to put this one on my list
Thank you so much Michelle!
Great colors and I especially love the feta on top! 🙂
I’m really a feta lover. It’s one of my favorite cheeses. Thanks Patty.
Such a summer dish, I love it! I need to eat more golden foods like that summer squash!!
Thank you so much, I always need to eat more vegetables.
What a super healthy and colorful dish! How impressive that you just “threw it together”! Nice!
Thanks so much Christina!
Looks so good 🙂 🙂 I have a pack of couscous unopened, Now I know what to do 🙂
Thank you so much, it’s really good either as a side or meal!
I made this a few days ago & served it with grilled fish from the BBQ! x
Oh wow, thank you again, I am so thrilled and really happy thank you.
All of your recipes rock my taste buds, Suzanne! xxx
Thank you so much.