11/22/09

Israeli Cous Cous Salad

I remember trying Israeli cous cous a long time ago and really not liking it: I can't remember why though.

What's Israeli cous cous? It's basically just little round pasta (also known as pearl cous cous because the pasta looks like mini pearls).

Well, I decided to give Israeli cous cous another try. Who knew it'd be so hard to find at the grocery store though? The only variety I could find was pre-packaged with spices (similar to regular cous cous and rice mixes).

This is really not a recipe: instead, it's just a combination of my favorite ingredients.

I cooked the Israeli cous cous in the same way I cook any other pasta, minus the pre-packaged flavoring mix. After rinsing, draining and cooling it, I added the following:

* chopped tomatoes
* chopped cucumbers
* chopped black olives
* lots of fresh dill
* canned corn, drained (of course you can also use fresh corn)
* finely chopped red onion
* lemon juice
* olive oil
* salt & pepper


Doesn't this salad just scream summer? You can also add feta, chicken or even good quality canned tuna. The possibilities are endless!

Note: if I don't get back to your comments, please don't be offended: I'm spending a week in Puerto Rico and will answer any of your questions when I get back on the 29th. Hope you had a great Thanksgiving with your friends and family.

14 comments:

Melissa said...

Mmm...I love Israeli couscous. I just made some the other day. We get ours from Trader Jo's and it come in a box like pasta...no seasoning. Have fun in Puerto Rico!

Lea Ann said...

I prefer Isreali couscous over the smaller version. Just like the texture better. I'm always looking for recipes and this sounds delicious! Thanks for the post.

Angie's Recipes said...

I have never had Israeli couscous before...it looks amazingly delicious! The bright colours combination is great!

♥peachkins♥ said...

what a very colorful dish!

Sasha said...

I actually prefer Israeli cous cous to the regular kind.

Have fun in Puerto Rico!

Gavin Rogers said...

tomato growing is brilliant. I love to grow my own tomatoes and create dishes like this. What kind of tomatoes do you find work best?

Elra said...

I can just eat this salad, and be happy.

Heavenly Housewife said...

This makes for such a pretty and colorful salad. It makes me think of summer. You must have Puerto Rico on the mind. Have a wonderful trip :D

Megan said...

It definitely screams summer! Looks so tasty! I absolutely love Israeli couscous -- there are several recipes on my blog if you're looking for inspiration. I can usually find the plain pearls in small tubs at Whole Foods.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Junglefrog said...

This looks gorgeous and very summery! Have a fabulous vacation in Puerto Rico Olga! Have fun!

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Justin said...

i love this kind of cous cous. your dish reminds me of summer. i want summer back!

Esi said...

I am so in love with Israeli couscous. I think I have it about once a week. This looks great and light.

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