• August 8, 2019

    9+ Genius Israeli Couscous Recipes You Seriously Have to Try

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    Israeli couscous – aka pearl couscous, is the larger, chewier version of what we call ‘regular’ couscous.

    A lesser-known ingredient in North American kitchens, this tiny pasta shape is made from semolina flour, then toasted, creating a deliciously nutty flavour.

    Perfect served cold and tossed with fresh herbs and a bright vinaigrette, or hot – warmed and served with some good quality cheese and roasted vegetables – there are countless ways to enjoy Israeli couscous.

    Here are 10 delicious and easy Israeli couscous recipes that will have you adding couscous to your grocery list this week – 

    1. One Pot Cacio e Pepe Israeli Couscous

    The classic Italian comfort food, which translates to cheese and pepper pasta, ditches it’s typical long, thin noodle for pearl couscous. Creamy, cheesy and served warm.

    One Pot Cacio e Pepe Israeli Couscous by Defined Dish

     

    2. Roasted Cherry Tomato and Basil Couscous Salad

    A drizzle of olive oil and quick roast in the oven brings a rich and full flavour to the tomatoes in this simple, fresh salad recipe.

    Roasted Cherry Tomato and Basil Couscous Salad  by Love and Lemons

     

    3. Beet and Citrus Salad with Israeli Couscous

    Earthy beets are given a bright, citrusy punch and rounded out with chewy Israeli couscous in this salad perfect for summer.

    Beet and Citrus Salad with Israeli Couscous  by Foodess

    4. Roasted Broccoli and Pesto with Chickpeas and Couscous

    Is there anything that pesto doesn’t pair well with? Couscous and chickpeas come together in a complimentary, chewy combo in this cheesy, broccoli-studded Israeli couscous creation.

    Roasted Broccoli and Pesto with Chickpeas and Couscous  by Double Thyme

    5. Herby Eggplant Israeli Couscous

    Fresh mint and parsley are torn and tossed with lemon juice to add a bright flavour to the caramelized onion, garlic and eggplant in this could-totally-be-comfort-food couscous.

    Herby Eggplant Israeli Couscous  by Truffles and Trends

    6. Israeli Couscous with Roasted Cauliflower, Pistachios and Dates

    For an uber-foodie twist, add pistachios, golden raisins and chopped dates to Israeli couscous in this crunchy-sweet-fresh dish.

    Israeli Couscous with Roasted Cauliflower, Pistachios and Dates by The Full Helping

    7. Mediterranean Couscous Salad with Feta, Cranberries and Mint

    If there’s a veggie-packed Israeli couscous salad on this list, it’s this one. Super simple and tossed together with ingredients I’m sure you already have in your kitchen. Give this one a go!

    Israeli Couscous Salad with Feta, Cranberries and Mint by Choosing Chia

    8. Lemony Arugula Salad with Couscous, Feta and Cucumber

    What do you get when you mix the peppery bite of rocket with the tang of feta and zing of lemon? This fresh, must-try summer salad.

    Lemony Arugula Salad with Couscous, Feta and Cucumber by Inspired Taste

    9. Israeli Couscous Salad with Peas, Mint and Feta

    Peas and mint is a classic combo that definitely isn’t going away any time soon.

    Israeli Couscous Salad with Peas, Mint and Feta  by Culinary Hill

    10. Cucumber, Mango & Avocado Israeli Couscous Salad with Mint-Chile Vinaigrette

    There’s something about the fresh pop of mango that I seriously can’t resist. Add a kick to it with this homemade mint-chile couscous salad dressing and you’ve got a delicious situation that will impress at any summer gathering.

    Cucumber, Mango & Avocado Israeli Couscous Salad with Mint-Chile Vinaigrette  by Foodess

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    Hi, I'm Jennifer Pallian, BSc, RD. I studied cooking, baking and food chemistry in a university lab, have years of experience as a professional test kitchen recipe developer and providing technical baking support to bakeries and home bakers. Want to know why your bread didn't rise? I've got your back.I now work full-time as a blogger, putting the years of science and baking to work right here. On Foodess, I share the best recipes in my arsenal - tested-till-PERFECT recipes for cozy baking, easy recipes for weeknight meals and delicious globally-inspired comfort food, plus lots of science-based cooking and baking tips. Welcome!

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