culinary review

Couscous with Sweet Potatoes, String Beans & Tomatoes

Last Modified: 05/15/10
First Published: 05/12/10
Views: 496
<<     >>
Views: 496

This is a wonderful and simple-to-make summer side dish which features lots of flavor. It would be perfect next to a grilled or smoked piece of meat, chicken or fish for example. Of course you could easily vary the ingredients depending on what you have on hand, however the sweet potatoes really add a nice touch.

4-6 servings


  • 2 cups of couscous
  • olive oil
  • 2 large sweet potatoes, peeled and cut in small pieces
  • 1 onion, peeled and sliced
  • fresh string beans
  • flavorful tomatoes
  • fresh herbs (basil, thyme and parsley works well)
  • 1 lemon


Start with putting the oven at 400 degrees. Spread the cut up sweet potatoes out on a sheet pan, add the sliced onion and apply a generous amount of olive oil on the pan. Season with salt and pepper. Bake in the oven until the sweet potatoes are soft, about 30-40 minutes.

Heat up 2 cups of water. Put the couscous in a large serving bowl and pour the water over it, cover with foil or plastic wrap and let expand for 10 minutes or so. Cook the string beans in some boiling water. Cut up the tomatoes, chop the herbs up. Combine the sweet potatoes and onion along with the couscous, the green beans, the tomatoes and the herbs. Zest and juice the lemon and add that as well. Mix well and taste with salt and pepper.