Israeli couscous is by far one of my favourite salad bases, it’s filling, slightly nutty in flavour and combines well with so many other ingredients. I first made this salad as part of a dinner for my folks and it was so well received I knew I wanted to whip it up again for some work lunches! So here it is, my herby Israeli couscous salad!
The salad is delicious both warm and cold so you can make it in advance if you need to, and it takes under half an hour to prepare as well – perfect!
The recipe is slightly adapted from one is the Hugh Fearnley-
- Small onion
- 4 ribs celery
- 3 cloves garlic
- 2tbs ground cumin
- 2tbs ground coriander
- Juice and zest of 1 lemon
- 1 cup Israeli couscous
- Bunch of flat-leaf parsley
- 1/2 bunch tarragon
- 1/2 bunch chives
- 1/2 cup walnuts
- Finely dice the onion, leek and celery and crush the garlic
- Heat some oil in a pan and cook the onion, leek, celery and garlic until cooked through but still crunchy.
- Remove from the pan and place in a bowl and toss through the spices, lemon juice and lemon zest and set aside
- Heat some oil in a saucepan and toast the couscous for a minute then 2 cups of boiling water, reduce to a simmer, cover and cook for 10-12 minutes or until cooked through.
- Rinse the couscous and toss with the cooked vegetables
- Finely chop the herbs and roughly chop the walnuts then add to the couscous, tossing well to combine. Drizzle with a little olive oil and season with salt and pepper
I love how simple this salad is, it really just needs a handful of ingredients but it is still so incredibly tasty. If you don’t have chives or tarragon growing then you can always just add a little extra parsley, but the combo of herbs really does work best. I love the crunch of the walnuts mixed in as well!
This herby Israeli couscous salad makes an excellent lunch or a perfect side for dinner, and it works well for leftovers as well. Basically, there’s no real reason not to make this salad, and make it soon! You won’t regret it! My only hint would be to make sure you have a mirror (or friend!) handy to check for leftover bits of herbs in your teeth before you go out in public again!
Are you an Israeli couscous fan too? Maybe my herby Israeli couscous salad is what you’ve been looking for!
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