Israeli Couscous Salad (Serve Heat or Chilly!)


  • First, make the kale pesto. Take the underside of a glass or a big chef’s knife and place it excessive of every garlic clove and press firmly to smash the garlic clove simply till flattened.

  • Warmth 1.5 tablespoons of olive oil in a small skillet over medium/excessive warmth. When the olive oil is aromatic, add the garlic. Sauté the garlic till aromatic and barely golden brown.

  • Add the cooked garlic to a high-powered meals processor together with kale, parmesan cheese, lemon juice, walnuts, salt, and the remaining olive oil.

    All of the ingredients for kale pesto in a food processor.
  • Pulse the substances within the meals processor to combine the substances after which course of all the substances on excessive for 2-4 minutes or till the substances turn into thick and creamy. You’ll want to scrape down the perimeters of the meals processor a number of instances throughout the processing time.

  • After the pesto has been processed it needs to be thick and creamy. If the pesto continues to be dry and chunky, add a teaspoon or two extra of olive oil, scrape the perimeters, and proceed to course of the pesto till it turns into thick and creamy. Typically processing the pesto longer will draw the oil out of the walnuts which can add extra moisture to the pesto. Put aside.

    Kale pesto in a bowl.
  • Subsequent, prepare dinner the couscous. Warmth olive oil in a small saucepan over medium/excessive warmth and add the couscous. Toast the couscous for 3-4 minutes or till golden brown. Transfer the couscous round with a spatula. Add water to the saucepan and convey to a boil. Flip the warmth to low and let the couscous simmer, lined, for 10-12 minutes or till the water is absorbed.

  • Uncover the couscous, fluff with a fork, and add the pesto to the couscous. Combine till the couscous is coated in pesto. Put aside.

    Couscous with kale pesto.
  • Preheat the oven to 450ºF and grease a baking sheet with olive oil or line with parchment paper.

  • In a small bowl, combine the spices for the spice combine collectively till mixed. Put aside.

    Dry spices for the couscous salad.
  • Add the butternut squash cubes to half of the baking sheet and drizzle with olive oil and half of the spice combination. Therapeutic massage the oil and spices into the butternut squash. Put aside.

  • In a separate small bowl, add all the substances for the beans and blend till the beans are coated. Unfold the beans out in the midst of the baking sheet with the butternut squash. Bake the butternut squash and beans for quarter-hour, tossing midway by way of.

  • Whereas the butternut squash and beans are cooking put together the cauliflower. Break a small head of cauliflower into giant florets after which mandoline the cauliflower. We used a Kyocera mandoline at a 3.0mm setting. Mandoline the cauliflower into a big bowl (you’ll have about 4 cups). Add the remainder of the olive oil to the cauliflower together with the remainder of the spices combination and punctiliously toss the cauliflower with the oil and spices. It’s okay if some items collapse.

    Cauliflower on a pan with spices.
  • Switch the cauliflower to the baking sheet with the butternut squash and beans and bake the cauliflower for 10-12 minutes or till simply golden brown and heat.

    Butternut squash, chickpeas, and cauliflower on a baking sheet.
  • Whereas the cauliflower is cooking, add the onion, parsley, pink wine vinegar, salt, and feta to a big salad bowl and blend to mix.

  • When the greens are achieved cooking, add them to a salad bowl with the onion and toss to mix. Add the couscous to the salad bowl and toss once more. Prime the salad with extra feta and revel in.

    All of the ingredients for the couscous salad in a bowl.
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