Recipe: Pesto Israeli Couscous Salad

My little balcony garden herbs are flourishing at the moment so I thought it was time to whip up some more pesto, which I then used to make this super easy, super tasty pesto Israeli couscous salad!

Given its gorgeous green & red ingredients I think this would make a perfect side for a Christmas BBQ, and best of all you can make the pesto and cook the couscous in advance, so it is one less thing to worry about if you’re rushing around trying to cook a million things at once! Plus, it’s delicious, which at the end of the day is kinda the most important thing!

Pesto Israeli Couscous Salad

Ingredients List

  • 3tbs olive oil
  • 2 cups Israeli couscous
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 1 cup pesto (I used my mint & basil pesto recipe)
  • 2 cups rocket
  • 1 punnet cherry tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup walnuts

Steps

  1. Heat 2tbs of the oil in a large saucepan over medium heat, then add the couscous. Toast for 4-5 minutes, stirring often until the couscous is lightly golden
  2. Add the boiling water, stir, boil for a minute then cover and reduce the heat to a simmer. Leave to simmer for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally to ensure it doesn’t stick
  3. When the couscous is soft and chewy drain it then rinse under cold water and drain again. Pour into your bowl and drizzle over the remaining 1tbs of oil.
  4. Spoon in the pesto and toss to coat the couscous
  5. Halve the cherry tomatoes and add to the couscous with the rocket
  6. Roughly chop the walnuts then dry fry them until lightly toasted. Add to the salad and toss to combine all ingredients
  7. Enjoy!

Pesto Israeli Couscous Salad

If you’re not a fan of walnuts this would go equally well with pinenuts, but someone around these parts won’t eat pinenuts (B, not me!) so they don’t get much of a look in unfortunately! Lucky I’m a big fan of walnuts!

Pesto Israeli Couscous Salad

Pesto Israeli Couscous Salad

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14 Comments on Recipe: Pesto Israeli Couscous Salad

    • peregrinationgourmande
      November 22, 2014 at 6:52 am (6 years ago)

      I love Israeli couscous. It’s so good. it’s very hard to find in my town. I’m used to eat it warm but i will try this salad next summer for sure.
      catherine

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      • I Spy Plum Pie (admin)
        November 22, 2014 at 8:57 am (6 years ago)

        Oh no, I hope you can track some down! It’s great warm too isn’t it!

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    • I Spy Plum Pie (admin)
      November 17, 2014 at 8:14 pm (6 years ago)

      Thanks lovely!

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    • I Spy Plum Pie (admin)
      November 19, 2014 at 7:35 pm (6 years ago)

      Thanks lovely! xx

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    • I Spy Plum Pie (admin)
      November 19, 2014 at 7:36 pm (6 years ago)

      I like it SO much more than normal couscous, particularly for salads. I think I’ll be eating a bit of it this summer!

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    • I Spy Plum Pie (admin)
      November 22, 2014 at 8:57 am (6 years ago)

      Ooh you’ll have to let me know once you’ve tried it!

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    • I Spy Plum Pie (admin)
      November 25, 2014 at 9:13 am (6 years ago)

      Thanks Kim! I’ll eat pesto on just about anything!

      Reply

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