Couscous & Pear Salad with Goats Cheese
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A couscous and pear salad with goat cheese and spinach. Sound’s fancy right? Well don’t be fooled – it’s actually surprisingly simple and, of course, super delicious!
We’re looking at an easy summer couscous salad recipe that takes about 20 minutes to prep and just a few ingredients.
A sweet maple – balsamic dressing is drizzled over spinach, pear and goat’s cheese, on a bed of fluffy couscous. YUM!
Couscous & Pear Salad with Goat Cheese: health breakdown
But is this a healthy couscous salad recipe? Yes! We only publish top notch healthy recipes here at Hurry The Food Up, so you can rest assured you’re in good hands.
Couscous provides the necessary base of carbohydrates that you need for a balanced meal. It is a whole grain source of carbs, so it is a lot healthier than refined options such as white pasta.
For a richer flavour, we recommend lightly toasting your couscous in the bottom of a pan before you add the water!
Pears contain many beneficial plant compounds as well as plenty of fibre, which aids digestion and helps you to feel full.
Spinach is packed full of iron, as well as vitamins and minerals that support your immune system. It also adds to the fibre content of this salad.
Finally, goat’s cheese adds a hit of protein and fat. Protein is great for weight loss because it can help you to feel more satisfied after a meal, while healthy fats help your body to absorb the nutrients from all the other ingredients!
I think that pretty much sums up why this goats cheese and pear salad recipe is a keeper! If you want more healthy recipes like this one, you should check out our weekly vegetarian weight loss meal plans.
How to make couscous salad for any diet (almost)!
Yes, the original recipe is for a vegetarian couscous salad, with gluten, but a few simple swaps can make it appropriate for vegan and gluten-free diets.
If you are avoiding dairy, then you could swap out goat’s cheese for a sprinkling of nutritional yeast. These vegan flakes are packed with nutrients and taste super cheesy!
If you are avoiding gluten, you could swap couscous for a different grain – maybe some brown rice or quinoa. Or if you don’t like the sound of that, why not check out our gluten-free egg salad recipe instead?
And finally – if you like you can lightly roast the couscous in a dry pan for a couple of minutes until it turns a light brown and releases its aroma. Feel free to completely skip this step to save time, it’s totally optional.
Don’t like goat’s cheese?
If goat’s cheese isn’t your jam, you can try this pear salad with feta, with blue cheese or with salad cheese. They all work!
But for now, enjoy tucking into a delicious bowl of couscous and pear salad with goat cheese!
- Optional step: If you have the time and inclination, lightly roast the couscous in a dry pan for a couple of minutes until it turns a light brown and releases its aroma. Then move onto step 2. Feel free to completely skip this step to save time!
- In a medium sized salad bowl add the couscous. Add ½ cup of boiling water and ¼ tsp salt, mix and cover with a lid for 8-10 minutes.½ cup couscous, ½ cup water + 2 tbsp, Flaky or sea salt
- Add baby spinach or torn kale leaves, sliced pear and goat cheese to the salad bowl. Drizzle over the mixture of maple syrup, balsamic vinegar, olive oil, 2 tbsp water and a generous sprinkle of flaky or sea salt. Mix thoroughly and serve.2 handful baby spinach or torn kale leaves, 1 pear, 3 oz goat cheese, 1 tbsp maple syrup, 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar, Flaky or sea salt, ½ tsp olive oil