This goofy plate is as fun to eat as it looks! Pearled couscous or Israeli couscous is such a great addition to a little diet. How can a kid turn that fun marbled texture down, especially if they’re blue?! Haven’t heard of couscous before? It’s basically a tiny form of pasta; pressed little balls of semolina. Traditional to North African and Middle Eastern dishes, couscous is delicious hot under a stew of veggies and meat, or cold in a pasta salad. Pearled couscous is a bigger grain. It was developed in Israel in the 1950’s when rice was short.

But in our case, this grain is just so much more fun than rice! For this rainbow salad we had some problems finding blue and purple veggies, so it became the perfect addition! With just a little bit of food coloring, the white grain becomes blue and purple and looks like an out-of-this-world caviar! As soon as these girlies saw the salad on their Construction Plate they excitedly squealed and started poking the funky couscous with their utensils. It’s the perfect size to scoop up with the Bulldozer Pusher, and they had loads of fun pretending with their rainbow rubble of a salad.

Rainbow Rubble Salad Recipe


  • 2 cups pearled couscous
  • 3 cups water
  • Blue and purple food coloring
  • 1 English cucumber, sliced and fourthed
  • 2 cups grape tomatoes, cut in half
  • 1 large orange bell pepper, diced
  • 1 large yellow bell pepper, diced
  • 3 cups spinach, chopped
  • 1 cup sweet onion dressing (adjust to taste)
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinaigrette
  • salt and pepper to taste

Boil water, add couscous, and some salt. Cover and cook until water is absorbed, about 10-15 minutes. Separate couscous in half and mix in 20 drops of food coloring to each half (blue and purple). Let sit (I left it while cutting up the veggies!) for at least 10 minutes and then strain in cold water until the water runs clear. Add all ingredients to a large bowl and mix up. Add more dressing based on your child’s tastes, and enjoy!!