Pearl Couscous salad with olives


Where do you find your inspiration for things?  Is it pinterest, magazines, books or friends?  When I’m looking for inspiration for the blog I tend to look at other bloggers.  Whether it be reading their blogs, drooling over their astonishing photography or surrounding myself with them at conferences.

This past weekend I packed up my suitcase and headed to sunny California, or so I thought.  It was sunny, windy and chilly, but mostly chilly.  I landed in San Diego to meet up with Megan and Lauren before we headed to Temecula for The Big Potluck.  This would be my third conference and I would say I was ecstatic instead of my usual nerves when meeting people you don’t know far, far away.  The BTP (The Big Traveling Potluck) was a great experience and definitely gave me some much needed inspiration that I was looking for.  I was even fortunate to make new blogging friends and meet people that I have been following for years.

Pearl Couscous salad with olives

This pearl couscous salad with olives is inspired by one of the lunches.  It was several wooden tables filled with fresh salads, toppings, dressings and a cute lunch box to fill it all up.  You could say that I put away this salad.  At least I didn’t feel guilty about eating a salad but I did follow up with some delicious cookies.

My inspiration truly comes from the web and being out and about doing what I love, EATING.

ENJOY ~ Meagan

Pearl Couscous salad with olives

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Pearl couscous salad with olives

Yield: 4 servings


1 box of pearled couscous
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 tablespoons pine nuts
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/3 cup chopped walnuts
3 tablespoons sliced black olives
1/4 cup sliced green olives
4 ounces goat cheese
4 cups mixed lettuce
balsamic vinegar for drizzle
sea salt for seasoning


Cook couscous according to package.

Then add lemon juice, pine nuts, olive oil, walnuts and olives to the mixture. Stir until everything is well incorporated.
Then add in the goat cheese.

Place lettuce into a large bowl and then top with the couscous mixture. Drizzle the salad with balsamic dressing and season with sea salt.

*Tip: Couscous can be made ahead of time before adding to salad.

Inspired by Gourmet Garden


  1. Hi Meagan! I am loving the yellow fabric in the back ground, so fun for spring! I’ll have to see if I can get my hand on some gluten free couscous to make this!

  2. That salad is SO beautiful!!
    BTL sounds like so much fun… I need to make it to a conference one of these days!

  3. I love adding couscous to salads- gives it an added element that is sorely needed in so many salads.

  4. What a beautiful and tasty salad! I love the couscous you added to this.

  5. This is gorgeous! I could eat this all day.

  6. This is a perfect salad for spring, looks delicious! 🙂

  7. This looks delicious!! I love the goats cheese in it! Is pearl couscous the same as pearl barley? I does look very similar, have never had pearl couscous though…

    • If you can’t find pearl couscous I would try and look for israeli couscous. I’m sure you could always substitute the couscous for barley.

  8. This looks like perfect cross between healthy and delicious!

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