Israeli Couscous Taco Salad


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The month of July is super exciting for me!! Not only am I home after a month of traveling, but I get to play around in my kitchen with my all time favorite ingredient – avocado!!

So to kick things off this month, I’m sharing one of my all time favorite recipes for an Israeli Couscous Taco Salad. I make big batches of this taco salad all the time and leave it in my fridge for the flavors to marinate together over the course of a few days, and every time I’m hungry, I just serve myself a little portion and chop up fresh avocado to toss it. Pure perfection.  And if you’re in need of some more avocado inspiration – I’ve got you covered.

Israeli Couscous Taco Salad with California Avocados

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Gaby Dalkin
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  • 1 cup Israeli Couscous
  • 1 red bell pepper chopped
  • 1 cup black beans cooked and drained
  • 2 ears corn kernels removed
  • 4 scallions chopped
  • 2 tbsp chopped cilantro
  • 1 lime juiced
  • 1/2 cup salsa
  • 2 California Avocados seeded and chopped
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Cook the Israeli Couscous according to the package directions. Once cooked, remove from heat and set aside to cool.
  • In a large bowl combine the red bell pepper, black beans, corn, scallions, cilantro, salsa and lime juice. Mix together.
  • Add the Israeli Couscous and toss together. Season with salt and pepper. Taste and adjust lime juice if needed.
  • Before serving, add chopped avocado. (I recommend 1 avocado for every 2 servings.
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  1. Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga

    What an awesome project!

    I recently received some avocados from the farm that you and Matt toured here in San Diego..the Holtz farm and California Avocados Direct. Not sure if they work with the CA Avo Commission or if they’re “competitors”? But at any rate, I love my avos too!

    Cant wait to see what you’ve got in store 🙂

    • Mimi from California Avocados Direct

      The California Avocado Commission serves all avocado growers…in fact, Ben Holtz (our son) is not only the founder of California Avocados Direct, but also serves as Treasurer for the California Avocado Commission at this time.

  2. brandi

    We are addicted to avocados! I put them in just about every salad I have. And Israeli couscous is one of our favorites. My husband loves it, so we had dishes like this all the time. They’re so easy to make!

  3. Heidi @ Food Doodles

    Yummy! That looks so good! I wish I could find israeli couscous! I’ve looked everywhere and can’t find it, but maybe it’s because I live in a small town 🙁 Anyways, I love avocados so I’m curious to see future posts 😀 This salad looks so delicious!

  4. Nelly Rodriguez

    This definitely is a summer dish to me! I love making it with bulgur wheat as well, the avocados definitely are the star of this!

  5. Marla

    YAY!! So exciting to see you working with these guys. This cous cous looks fabulous. And your skin…..radiant 🙂 xo

  6. RJ Flamingo

    I just love these flavors. The texture of the Israeli couscous makes it perfect for me, too. Of course, I’m kind of partial to Florida avocados. LOL!

  7. JulieD

    I love avocados!! I’m addicted to guacamole. I love this recipe, Gaby. I have a bag of whole wheat Israeli couscous, I may just try your recipe!

  8. Lisa {Smart Food and Fit}

    Congrats on working with the CA Avocoado Commission! It’s an honor!
    I love avocado’s too great source of monounsaturated fat and it’s an excellent source of vita A – both are great for beautiful skin!

  9. Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray

    Finally got a chance to read this and I’m so glad I did! These are all the flavors I’m loving right now in light summer salads (and of course, avocado makes ANYTHING better!).

  10. Amanda

    Made this dish last night for dinner – DELICIOUS!! And super easy!

  11. Noelani

    I made this last night and it was FABULOUS! I brought the leftovers for lunch today and a co-worker said it looked so good that she needed the recipe. I passed it on to her along with your website 🙂

  12. Brooke

    Avocado food board couldn’t have a more perfect and enthusiastic representative. I’m so glad they finally came to their senses! You’re the best brand ambassador, ever!

  13. Bonnie

    Made this last night for dinner, it was fantastic! I used your salsa recipe in this dish. What a great combination of flavors! I will definitely be making this recipe over and over again. And for those of you who don’t have or can’t find Israeli couscous, I just used regular whole wheat couscous. Keep these great recipes coming! thanks!!

  14. Jennifer @ Jane Deere

    I can’t wait to make this…it’s on my lunch menu next week when my sister comes…can’t wait!

    BTW…random…what plugin do you use for your recipes? I really like and am looking for something like it.

  15. Carrie B

    Just made this to go along with my beer brats… delicious!!! Thanks!

  16. Vanessa @ Project Zen

    Couscous is so easy and quick to make! This recipe sounds like a great decorative way to serve it. Maybe I’ll do it on the side with quesadillas?

  17. jean white

    This was so good I ate it all up within 24 hours. Now I’m going to make it again tomorrow and make a double batch.

    If I had some of that WHOLE WHEAT Israeli couscous, it would be perfect for my dietary goals, but it is wonderful the way it is.