Peach and Tomato Couscous

Ever since our delicious dinner at Zazu in Santa Rosa, CA, I have been obsessed with Israeli couscous and mixing in new and different ingredients to make it the base of a variety of meals. The recent onslaught of fresh summer peaches and heirloom tomatoes got me thinking a couple of nights ago, and I couldn’t wait for the farmers market so I could pick up some great local ingredients. I find my best recipe development happens when I can’t sleep at night! And speaking of recipes, please buzz my Foodbuzz Alaska Seafood recipe so I can win a trip to Foodbuzz Festival! Pretty please, and thank you in advance! I promise not to be too obnoxious about it, but I would appreciate the buzzes! :)

http://www.foodbuzz.com/recipes/2593860-foodbuzz-alaska-seafood-dinner

Ok, back to the regularly scheduled post. This recipe was simply delightful, each ingredient shining on its own but also tying in with the others. It was also very quick and a healthy choice for a quick weeknight meal. We are eating the leftovers cold for lunch, and I think it will be just as delicious. I love leftovers!

Narragansett Creamery Feta

The ingredients were really just eyeballed amounts, what I had and felt like mixing in, a box of Trader Joe’s Israeli couscous, a spicy green pepper. . .

hot pepper

Two juicy white peaches

white peaches

Six or so heirloom tomatoes and about half of a red onion

heirloom tomatoes

Premium Select olive oil, sent to me as a sample from Lucini Italia

Lucini Olive Oil

I started out by lightly browning the couscous in olive oil with a pinch of chili pepper and cumin, then slowly added water and stirred it until it was close to done.

In the meantime, I was chopping onions, peppers, peaches, and tomatoes. Once the couscous was ready, I added the veggies, stirred thoroughly, and let the whole thing simmer on low for a few minutes. I did not want the peaches and tomatoes to fall apart or get mushy, just to be warmed, so it wasn’t long.

couscous recipe

After I plated the couscous, I added crumbled Narragansett Creamery feta for a bit of saltiness. I love feta and couscous together, perfection!

couscous

We loved this dish! It was so quick to make and bursting with summer flavors. I am glad that after a tiring run I mustered up the energy to cook. It certainly isn’t always that way!

Remember back when it was the big blog trend to do those “Ask me anything” posts? I never did it then, but since I couldn’t think of a random question for you all, do you have any questions for me?!

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  1. Michelle’s avatar

    This looks awesome! I’m not a big fan of couscous but I think I could try this with quinoa instead? Perfect cold summer salad!

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  2. May Ling Wu’s avatar

    Love the sweet and savory combo!

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  3. Kelly (Hot Cookin')’s avatar

    Yum! I love couscous; this looks like a winning recipe!

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  4. Megan’s avatar

    I love Israeli couscous! I love how you can just mix anything you’re in the mood for into it. Minus the heat, I’d love to try this recipe! :) What did you think of that feta? Is it nice and salty? I almost bought it, but I finally found a feta that is briny enough for me so I stopped trying a million different kinds. I’m still curious though…

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  5. Evan Thomas’s avatar

    I loved that company’s cheeses when I still ate dairy. They were always so friendly with samples at the farmers’ market

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  6. Sues’s avatar

    After my peach gazpacho, I want to put peaches in everything!! This looks delicious and the cheese looks amazing :)

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  7. city share’s avatar

    Yum! I love Israeli couscous, and if you combine it with summer’s bounty of produce – heaven. Thanks for sharing this great recipe (and beautiful photos).

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  8. Debbie’s avatar

    adding peach was brilliant!

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  9. ashleigh’s avatar

    I have no idea what buzzing is, but I did it anyway and I hope you win!!

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  10. Camala - CC Recipe’s avatar

    I am a big couscous fan, I love the combo of flavors that you paired together for this dish, I will definitely have to give this a try because I am very much intrigued!

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  11. Dana’s avatar

    I love this combo of savory and sweet. Sounds like another great cous cous recipe!

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