Couscous caprese

3-4 servings; 10 min preparation; 10 min cooking.

Most people like recipes that are easy to make and do not take a lot of your time to prepare. And even if I personally like spending hours in the kitchen, I keep in mind how difficult it is to people with busy jobs and kids to actually do that. So considering that I put a simple delicious recipe that for sure do not lack any character. 

Caprese is normally a salad made of tomatoes, mozzarella cheese and basil, but you can make a whole meal of it by adding couscous. This dish is easy to make the night before and take it with you to work. And the couscous will keep you satisfied for at least a couple of hours. Much better than a salad and still healthy!


  • 100 g fine couscous, uncooked
  • 100 g cherry tomatoes, sliced or halved
  • 100 g small mozzarella balls, halved
  • 50 g black olives halved
  • 10 g fresh basil
  • 10 g pine nuts (optional)
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tbsp balsamic reduction
  • 1/2 tsp salt


Cook the couscous according to the instructions on the package. Normally you have to bring water to the boil. Then steam it for 5 to 10 min.

Cut the tomatoes in half or in three. Cut the black olives in half. Cut the mozzarella in half. Cut the big basil leaves in big pieces and the small ones leave whole.

Heat a pan over medium heat. Roast the pine nuts until golden. Set aside on a piece of kitchen paper.

Take a fork and stir the cooked couscous. Add the tomatoes, olives, mozzarella and basil. Pour the olive oil and season with salt. Stir well. At the end drizzle balsamic reduction on top. Enjoy!

3 Comments Add yours

  1. outnaboutweb says:

    This sounds so tasty! I love couscous and I love Caprese even more, so perfect mix!
    love, elena

    Liked by 2 people

    1. Thank you, Elena! I’m so glad you like it! 😊

      Liked by 1 person

  2. Fabulous! 🌿🍅🍃😍

    Liked by 1 person

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