Israeli Couscous Salad with Dried Fruit & Walnuts

Israeli Couscous Salad with Dried Fruit & Walnuts

 

If you were to take a glance at the bottom shelf of my pantry, you’d think I was preparing for a disaster like a Prepper from one of the reality shows on cable.

I have no idea how this happened, but I now find myself with too many bags of dried fruit. Let me re-phrase that. Actually, I do know how this happened.

Did I ever tell you I’m totally spacey and absent-minded 99% of the time?

Remember the scene in the movie, E.T., when E.T. and Elliot’s mom are in the kitchen at the same time but the mom never notices E.T.?  Well, my Mom always said that I was exactly like that. I live in my own little world.

During the past couple of months, I’ve bought bags of dried cherries, golden raisins, dried strawberries, and blueberries. Now I need to get creative and add them to some or most of the things we are cooking.

This recipe is my first attempt to make good use of some the dried fruit in the pantry.

So here is a beautiful Israeli couscous salad with dried fruit and walnuts topped with my favorite salad dressing. Enjoy!

Israeli Couscous Salad with Dried Fruit & Walnuts

 

Israeli Couscous Salad with Dried Fruit & Walnuts

Serves 4

 

Ingredients:

 

  • 1/2 cup golden raisins
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/4 cup dried cherries
  • 1 cup Israeli couscous
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 cup walnuts
  • 3 green onions thinly sliced

 

Soak the dried fruit for about 5 minutes in just enough warm water to cover the fruit.  Drain and set aside.

In a medium saucepan, sauté 1 cup couscous with 1 tablespoon olive oil over medium heat until couscous is lightly browned.    Add one cup water bring to a boil and reduce heat to medium low.  Cover and simmer for about 10 minutes or until liquid is adsorbed and couscous is tender.  Set aside to cool.

Meanwhile heat remaining olive oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat.  Add walnuts and cook for about 1 minute.  Remove from heat.

Transfer all ingredients to a large bowl, add green onions, season with salt and just before serving add the dressing to the salad and mix well.

 

Honey-Lime Dressing

Makes about 1 cup

 

Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup lime juice
  • 3 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 tablespoon mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon greek yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon garlic, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Freshly ground pepper

 

In a tall clean jar combine all ingredients.  Cover tightly and shake.  Taste and adjust the seasoning if necessary.

Israeli Couscous Salad with Dried Fruit & Walnuts


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8 Responses to Israeli Couscous Salad with Dried Fruit & Walnuts

  1. Max October 20, 2013 at 7:00 am #

    This salad looks great!!

  2. Mae October 20, 2013 at 10:23 am #

    Yummy!!!

  3. Leann October 20, 2013 at 11:55 am #

    Luisa!
    I love couscous… Your photos look great :)

  4. Heidi October 20, 2013 at 12:21 pm #

    I’m trying this for sure. I will make it with other nuts too.
    Love it!!!

  5. Clara October 21, 2013 at 3:29 pm #

    This looks delicious. As a vegetarian I’m always looking for ideas.
    Thanks !

  6. Tim October 22, 2013 at 5:20 pm #

    I will make this as a side dish for friends this weekend. I think I will use regular couscous.
    I like it better than pearl couscous. Hey, thanks for the recipe. Can’t wait to eat it!

  7. Cristina October 22, 2013 at 6:33 pm #

    I love this idea of dried fruits and couscous. Love it, love it!!!

    • Luisa October 23, 2013 at 6:49 am #

      Thanks everyone.

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