My husband first proposed to me over a couscous salad, to say I have a soft spot for couscous would be putting it mildly. Until recently the only couscous I could find was the small regular size couscous locally. When I was in San Francisco last year I hit Whole Foods, I like Rainbow Grocery better by the way, and bought a bag of Israeli couscous to try out. Quite a souvenir shopper hunh? I'd been wanting to try it and see if I like it as much as regular couscous but just couldn't find it up here.
What I discovered was that I do in fact LOVE Israeli Couscous as much as I love regular couscous. If you aren't familiar with couscous it is actually tiny pasta about the size of millet seed, Israeli couscous is more the size of say minute tapioca. It tastes about the same with the bigger couscous tasting a bit MORE pasta-ish but really the same. I make a killer couscous soup soup, a couple great salads and now have a new salad to add to the mix. And I have a bonus too, I can find it LOCALLY! No more trips to San Francisco just to get couscous, oh and attend blogging conferences.
Lemon Mint Israeli Couscous
2 cups dry Israeli Couscous
1 teaspoon salt
2 TBSP olive oil
2 TBSP lemon juice
3 TBSP snipped mint leaves
1tsp lemon zest
1 cup toasted walnuts
salt and pepper to taste
pour couscous in to a large dutch oven
add water to cover it plus one inch, add the salt
bring to a boil and reduce and simmer for 5-8 minutes until the couscous is soft
rinse the couscous under cold water until chilled or drain and refrigerate until ready to use
when ready to assemble add the rest of the ingredients stir well and refrigerate at least one hour to allow the flavor to develop
taste for salt and pepper add as desired
garnish with extra mint if desired
This photo has a spearmint leaf on it because it was close to the back door and it was raining out. I can brave 20 below zero to start the car without a coat but I can't run 30 feet to the garden for a mint leaf in the rain. hmmmm
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Peace and Love,