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Israeli Couscous "Circle Salad"

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Israeli Couscous "Circle Salad"
  • Prep Time 20 min
  • Total Time 20 min
  • Servings 0
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Israeli Couscous "Circle Salad"

This pasta salad includes only round ingredients.

Ingredients

1
cup Israeli couscous
1
can chickpeas
1 1/2
cups peas
1/2
cup pine nuts
1
package grape tomatoes
1
package pearl mozzarella
3
lemons
1/4
cup red wine vinegar
1/4
cup olive oil
1
handful parsley
1
small onion
1
clove garlic

Directions

  • 1 Bring salted water to a boil. Toast raw couscous in a dry frying pan until browned. Pour into boiling water and cook like pasta until tender. Strain.
  • 2 Dice onion and garlic. Add the oil and onions to the frying pan and cook until onions are lightly browned. Add the garlic followed by the peas and cook 2 minutes while stirring. Add the vinegar to the pan and boil for 2 minutes. Remove from heat.
  • 3 Mix the couscous with the pea mixture. Add the lemon juice, pine nuts, strained/rinsed chickpeas, and tomatoes. Mix well. Allow to cool.
  • 4 Before serving, add the chopped parsley and mozzarella.
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Israeli Couscous "Circle Salad"

As prepared by The Food in my Beard,

As springtime approaches, my mind wanders with pasta salad ideas.


That’s right, for some reason pasta salad says spring to me. It’s the perfect thing to bring to a BBQ or picnic of any sort, everyone loves it, and the possibilities are endless once you get past that mayo-laden variety that's so common.

When developing recipes, I usually start with flavor combinations. Sometimes, however, I like to start with texture ideas, colors – or in this case, shapes. There is something very interesting about a bowl of food with 5 different ingredients that all have the same shape and texture. This circle salad is filled with tasty round food.

Toasted couscous

Step one is to toast the couscous before you cook it. This adds a nice nutty flavor to the dish.

Boil the couscous like pasta

Then just boil it like pasta.

Cooking peas

Meanwhile, cook the peas and make the dressing for the salad. Brown onions in some olive oil, then add your peas. Red wine vinegar goes in next.

Finished Israeli Couscous "Circle Salad"

Mix the peas with the pasta. Add lemon juice, pine nuts, tomatoes, and chickpeas while it’s warm. Add mozzarella and parsley after it’s cooled.

Finished Israeli Couscous "Circle Salad"

This is a super flavorful and healthy pasta salad that would be impressive at any picnic!



Dan Whalen is a pasta salad freak. He has at least 11 pasta salad recipes at The Food in my Beard; check Dan's Tablespoon profile often to try his recipes with creative international spins!
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