Wednesday, November 12, 2014


Paprika and Pearl Couscous Salad

If you follow me on Instagram, you might have seen that my mother was in town this weekend. The original Patricia was visiting for her birthday and boy did we indulge. A little champagne and paté, a LOT of wine and cheese. a trip to the ballet and of course a bowl of clam chowder. Needless to say we treated ourselves quite well. To help ease my body back into my "healthy" lifestyle (cough, cough), I looked up a recipe that I could enjoy without wanting to run straight for a Chipotle burrito. Giada's Israeli Couscous with Smoked Paprika looked great and with a little modification here and there, I was able to get a great lunch for the rest of the week. If you don't meal prep, you can also just serve a nice big bowl of this at your next potluck or Friendsgiving!

Salad Ingredients:

  • 1 tbsp. EVOO
  • 8 oz. package of pearl couscous (aka maftoul or Israeli couscous)
  • 1/2 tsp. kosher salt (I use Himalayan Pink salt from Trader Joe's)
  • 6 oz. bag of fresh baby spinach, chopped
  • 12 oz. grape tomatoes, halved
  • 1/2 cup crumbled feta
  • 1 cup jarred fire roasted red bell peppers, drained and chopped
  • 1/2 cup fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1/4 cup fresh mint, chopped
  • S & P to taste
  • 1/3 cup slivered almonds, toasted (optional - I had to leave mine out because the school I work for is nut free)
Paprika Dressing Ingredients:
  • 1/3 cup EVOO
  • 2 tbsp. balsamic vinegar
  • 1 1/2 tsp. paprika
  • 1 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp. black pepper
  • Heat the 1 tbsp. of EVOO over medium-high heat in a large saucepan
  • Add the entire package of couscous, stirring until golden brown
  • Add 2 cups of water and the salt, bring to a boil
  • Reduce heat to medium-low, cover and simmer until couscous is just tender and liquid is absorbed (about 9 minutes). Set aside.
  • While the couscous is cooking, chop the rest of your veggies and herbs
  • For the dressing, whisk together all ingredients
  • In a large bowl, combine the couscous, veggies, herbs, and dressing
  • Serve!
***** Serves 6

With love, Kristtyn

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