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Couscous Salad



We were supposed to go to a Pot Luck lunch today (Tuesday) but we ended up not going because Todd had had a bad night's sleep.  I ended up with a big bowl of this delicious salad, but no worries. I won't mind having it for lunch for a few days. Its quite healthy, and low in fat, high in fibre and well, just really tasty!


I love salads made with Israeli couscous.  Also known as Ptitim , Israeli couscous is a type of toasted pasta shaped like rice grains or little balls developed in Israel in the 1950s when rice was scarce. Outside Israel, it is typically marketed as Israeli couscous, Jerusalem couscous, or pearl couscous.


When we lived down South, I used to pick up a butternut squash, couscous and rocket salad at one of the local shops that I really, really liked. It just really lends itself to these types of salads.


The recipe is one that I adapted from a newsletter I get from Simple Nourished Living. It is a weight watchers friendly recipe as well as being very high in fibre and diabetic friendly.  She used Orzo pasta. I did not have any orzo pasta, and used the Israeli couscous instead. It worked perfectly.


I also didn't have any feta cheese, so I used coarsely grated Parmigiano Reggiano, which worked very well, and it lower in fat than the feta.  It has a lovely salty, cheesy flavour also.


Marinated artichoke hearts.  Yum. I adore artichokes.  I rinsed mine under hot water so that I could get rid of as much oil from them as possible. Doing this in no way affects the flavour.  You don't need to do this, its just what I always do.


She used whole plum tomatoes, but I chose to use baby plum tomatoes.  I picked up some really lovely ones in M&S yesterday that were lovely and sweet.  I love the vegetables you get at M&S. I know you pay more, but they taste better.  Sometimes its worth it, especially when you are talking about tomatoes.  These were fabulous!


I got my spinach at M&S as well.  Look at that beautiful colour!


With some spring onions or a bit of sharpness, and a punchy lemon and tarragon vinaigrette, this is a fabulously tasty salad.  I confess, I kept dipping my fork into the bowl, for one more bite.  Naughty me!




*Couscous Salad*
Serves 6

Simple and filled with lots of colour and flavours.  Delicious. 

100g Israeli couscous, uncooked (1/2 cup)
18 baby plum tomatoes, quartered
280g jar of marinated artichoke hearts, drained and rinsed, then chopped (about 1 cup)
30g fresh spinach, tough stems broken off and discarded, and coarsely chopped (about 1 cup)
2 spring onions, chopped
60g coarsely grated Parmesan cheese (1/3 cup)
1 TBS capers, drained 

For the dressing:
2 TBS olive oil
2 TBS lemon juice
1 tsp dried tarragon (1 TBS fresh minced)
2 tsp finely grated fresh lemon zest
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp papper



 Cook the couscous in plenty of salted boiling water, according to the package directions.Drain well, rinse with cold water, drain well again. Set aside.


Combine the tomatoes, artichoke hearts, spinach and spring onions in a large bowl. Add the capers and couscous.  Toss together well.  Whisk together the dressing ingredients. Pour over the couscous and vegetables.  Sprinkle on the cheese and toss together again, until everything is well coated and mixed together.  Serve at room temperature.


Store any leftovers in the refrigerator.


I am pretty sure that this recipe could very easily be cut in half. You are just going to love it. Any leftovers can be refrigerated, but bear in mind the lemon juice will cook the spinach leaves a bit. No worries, its still pretty tasty!  Bon Appetit!



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Marie Rayner
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  1. This looks really tasty, Marie. I'm going to put it on my Salad Board. It will be so refreshing for summer!

    Jane

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    1. Thanks Jane, I am sure you will love it! xo

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  2. I am such a fan of coucous or quinoa salads Marie..and could eat every day for lunches too:)

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    1. I love them for all the same reasons Monique! They make great lunches and picnic dishes! xo (It will be picnic season soon!) xo

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  3. This sounds a lot like my orzo salad but I never thought to use the Israeli couscous (which I have in the cupboard!). Looking for something healthy this week -- this might do it!

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    1. The original recipe did use orzo Jeanie! This was a WW recipe! xo

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  4. I love couscous no matter how it's served, but I've never tried greens with a salad version. Looks quite tasty.

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    1. This is really very, VERY good Jo! xo

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