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Roasted Strawberry Couscous

This roasted strawberry couscous is filled with fennel, peppers, Israeli couscous and basil for a deliciously sweet and summery side salad.

Roasted strawberry couscous

You know how something gets all hyped up, you’re dying to try whatever it is, it seems like years before you finally are able to only to be hugely disappointed with whatever the thing was?

Yeah, that’s not the case with this.

Roasted strawberries. Two words that have been haunting my dreams for weeks (mainly thanks to this) and that are as kick-ass in real life as they sound.

Strawberry couscous

So much so that I may or may not have licked the baking sheet to get all the juices left behind after transferring them to the serving bowl.

If you were a fly on the wall in my house yesterday you would’ve seen me licking baking sheets during lunchtime making this, pulling my pajama pants (don’t judge) down around 11am when I felt an itch on my upper thigh that kept moving as I scratched it only to find an ant actually in my pants causing it (of all idioms to come true…) and around 7pm, me staring at the bathroom floor completely perplexed at the extra pair of underwear that came out of my workout shorts when I took them off to shower. I somehow went the entire day with an extra pair shoved in between the underwear I was wearing and the underwear sewn into the running shorts even though I went to the bathroom multiple times throughout the day and never noticed. I even went to the store with them shoved up there unknowingly. I wonder how many people were staring at my puffy underwear ass?

A true laundry mystery. Needless to say, I was a hot mess.

Couscous with roasted strawberries

A hot mess with a delicious side dish though of roasted strawberry couscous though. It was a fair trade.

I’d take ants and superfluous underwear in my pants again if it was what stood between me and this.

Whole wheat pearled couscous cooked with orange juice, roasted strawberries, fennel and yellow pepper with lots and lots of basil.

Roasted strawberry couscous

Fruity, summery and fresh. Just beware of insects and rogue undergarments while making.

Grain salads like this are some of my favorite summertime lunches along with recipes like strawberry tabbouleh, lentil tabbouleh or bulgur wheat salad.

Looking for a strawberry-less version of this salad? Try this Israeli couscous Greek salad instead.

Couscous with roasted strawberries

Roasted Strawberry Couscous

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

This roasted strawberry couscous is filled with fennel, peppers, Israeli couscous and basil for a deliciously sweet and summery side salad.


  • 3/4 cup whole wheat pearled couscous (Israeli couscous)
  • 1/2 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 3/4 orange juice
  • 1 1/2 cup strawberries, hulled
  • 1/2 bulb of fennel, sliced
  • 1 yellow bell pepper, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons basil, chopped
  • 2 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil, divided
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • salt & pepper


  1. In a small sauce pan, heat coconut oil over medium-high heat.
  2. Add couscous and toss to coat in oil. Toast couscous in sauce pan for 2-3 minutes.
  3. Add water and orange juice, bring to a boil then cover and reduce to a simmer until liquid is fully absorbed (about 20 minutes). Remove from heat.
  4. Meanwhile, heat oven to 400 degrees and grease a baking sheet with cooking spray.
  5. Toss strawberrries, peppers and fennel in a medium bowl with 1 tablespoon olive oil, salt & pepper.
  6. Spread out onto baking sheet and roast for 20 minutes, tossing occasionally.
  7. Combine couscous and roasted fruit/vegetables in a medium bowl, toss together with basil and dress with remaining tablespoon of olive oil and honey.
  8. Season with salt & pepper to taste and serve.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 301Total Fat: 10gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 86mgCarbohydrates: 49gFiber: 7gSugar: 9gProtein: 8g

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Sunday 17th of June 2012

Gina, I was cracking up when I read this post! I sat thru half of a Dodger game before I noticed an extra pair of underwear in my sweat pants leg. I had nowhere to put them, so I just tried to make them as inconspicuous as possible! Glad to know I'm not the only one!! This recipe looks great... can't wait to try it.


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Why did I never think to roast a flippin' strawberry? I roast everything else. My house is under construction right now and I have no cooktop and no sink - just an oven. I'm making the strawberries tonight, and the couscous this weekend when my cooktop arrives!

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