Mediterranean Couscous, Swiss Chard and Peppers / Mia / Katie Workman /
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Mediterranean Couscous, Swiss Chard and Peppers

The beautiful colors of chard and peppers make an arresting couscous side dish.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Mediterranean
Servings: 8 People
Calories: 128kcal
Author: Katie Workman


  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 1 yellow bell pepper
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil divided
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
  • 1 large bunch Swiss chard
  • 1 red onion halved and sliced
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 3 cups cooked Israeli couscous see Note
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice


  • Preheat the oven to 400°F.
  • Seed, core, and cut the peppers into 1-inch pieces. On a rimmed baking sheet toss together peppers in 1 tablespoon of the olive oil and salt and pepper, spread them out, and roast the peppers for 10 minutes until tender and lightly browned.
  • Meanwhile, chop the chard by slicing off the stems and roughly chopping the greens. Rinse well in a colander, then shake the colander to get rid of excess moisture.
  • Heat a large pot over medium high heat. Add the 1 tablespoon of olive oil, then add the onions and saute for 4 minutes. Then add the garlic, and stir for another minute. Add the chard, season with salt and pepper and saute for about 5 minutes, until the chard is tender.
  • Place the couscous in a mixing bowl. Add the remaining 1 tablespoon of olive oil and lemon juice and toss to combine. Add the cooked peppers and chard, toss to combine everything well, and check for seasonings.


To make the Israeli couscous, use 2 1/3 cups vegetable broth or water to 1½ cups Israeli couscous. Heat 2 teaspoons of olive oil in a medium pot over medium high heat. When the oil is hot, add the couscous, and stir in it the oil occasionally for about 3 minutes, until it starts to color. Add the broth or water, cover the pot, and bring to a simmer. Lower the heat and continue to simmer for about 12 minutes, until the liquid is mostly absorbed, and then turn off the heat and let sit covered for another 2 minutes.


Calories: 128kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 17mg | Potassium: 139mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 862IU | Vitamin C: 50mg | Calcium: 13mg | Iron: 1mg