Israeli Couscous Harvest Salad


Israeli couscous is mixed with harvest fruits, almonds and herbs, then tossed with a flavorful maple mustard vinaigrette.  Healthy and delicious!

This harvest Israeli couscous salad is versatile, easy to make, insanely flavorful, and light!  Make making the side dish  easy on yourself… you won’t regret it!

Harvest Israeli Couscous Salad | Israeli couscous is mixed with harvest fruits, almonds and herbs, then tossed with a flavorful maple mustard vinaigrette. Healthy and delicious! | http://thechunkychef.com

So, maybe I’m just weird, (okay, I KNOW I am), but when I’m planning out our meals for the week, I tend to plan the main dish and end up forgetting about the side dish until like an hour before dinner.  Do you guys do that too?  It can definitely be a problem!

That’s partly why I love this Israeli couscous salad… it’s pretty versatile, so you can make it with what you have on hand, and it’s actually even better (if that’s possible!!) the next day, so if you totally forget the side dish the next day, just pull out the leftovers and you’re good to go!

Harvest Israeli Couscous Salad | Israeli couscous is mixed with harvest fruits, almonds and herbs, then tossed with a flavorful maple mustard vinaigrette. Healthy and delicious! | http://thechunkychef.com

I just LOVE the flavors going on in this dish… sweet apples and pears, tart cranberries, savory herbs and nutty toasted couscous… not to mention the textures!  There’s crunchy almonds, chewy dried fruit, crisp apples, creamy couscous and a silky dressing.  Be still my heart!

This is a recipe I can’t really take full credit for… I found it on The Food Network and it’s a recipe from Giada De Laurentiis.  We love her recipes and this one is certainly no exception 🙂

Harvest Israeli Couscous Salad | Israeli couscous is mixed with harvest fruits, almonds and herbs, then tossed with a flavorful maple mustard vinaigrette. Healthy and delicious! | http://thechunkychef.com

Of course I made some changes, as I do to nearly all recipes I try 🙂

One of the perks of being a food blogger is that we get to eat our creations after we photograph them!  I hadn’t even turned my camera off when I dove into the dish and started eating this couscous lol.  In fact, I think it was right after this shot… I mean I already had some on my fork, might as well eat it right? 😉

Harvest Israeli Couscous Salad | Israeli couscous is mixed with harvest fruits, almonds and herbs, then tossed with a flavorful maple mustard vinaigrette.  Healthy and delicious! | http://thechunkychef.com

I made this recipe as a part of the FoodieMamas monthly recipe round up…. this month guess what the ingredient was?  Yep, couscous 😉  Here’s a look at what the other immensely talented FoodieMamas cooked up!  The image below is clickable, meaning, if you click on a picture, it will take you to that recipe… be sure to check them all out… don’t they look amazing?!

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I think this salad is great as a side dish, but you could definitely add some grilled chicken, or even some shredded rotisserie or leftover chicken to make it a complete meal!

Harvest Israeli Couscous Salad | Israeli couscous is mixed with harvest fruits, almonds and herbs, then tossed with a flavorful maple mustard vinaigrette. Healthy and delicious! | http://thechunkychef.com

Harvest Israeli Couscous Salad | Israeli couscous is mixed with harvest fruits, almonds and herbs, then tossed with a flavorful maple mustard vinaigrette. Healthy and delicious! | http://thechunkychef.com

I hope you guys give this one a try… Israeli couscous is amazing!

I’ll be sharing this recipe over at Fiesta Friday which is being co-hosted this week by Angie, Elaine of FoodBod, and Julie of Hostess at Heart!  Come join the party!

Harvest Israeli Couscous Salad | Israeli couscous is mixed with harvest fruits, almonds and herbs, then tossed with a flavorful maple mustard vinaigrette. Healthy and delicious! | http://thechunkychef.com


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5 from 3 votes
Harvest Israeli Couscous Salad
6 -8 servings
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
30 mins
 
Israeli couscous is mixed with harvest fruits, almonds and herbs, then tossed with a flavorful maple mustard vinaigrette. Healthy and delicious!
Author: The Chunky Chef
Ingredients
  • COUSCOUS:
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 cups Israeli couscous
  • 4 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp chopped fresh rosemary leaves
  • 1 tsp chopped fresh thyme leaves
  • 1 medium green apple cored and diced
  • 1 medium red pear diced
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  • 2 green onions thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds toasted
  • VINAIGRETTE:
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 3 Tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tsp dijon mustard
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • zest of 1/2 lemon
  • cup scant 1/4 olive oil
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with foil and spread out sliced almonds in a single layer. Bake 8 minutes, or until golden brown and fragrant. Set aside to cool.
  2. Add olive oil to a saucepan and heat over MED or MED-HIGH heat. Pour in dry couscous and toast by stirring occasionally until couscous is lightly golden and smells nutty (about 4-5 minutes).
  3. Add chicken broth, stir, and bring to a boil. Cover and simmer for 10-12 minutes, until broth has cooked off.
  4. Place cooked couscous in a bowl and set aside until cool.
  5. Add in parsley, rosemary, thyme, apple, pear, cranberries, green onions and toasted almonds, and toss to combine.
  6. To a small mixing bowl, add all vinaigrette ingredients except olive oil. Pour in the olive oil, while whisking, and continue to whisk until smooth.
  7. Pour over couscous and toss again to combine.
Recipe Notes

Can be served warm, room temperature or cold
** other dried fruits can be substituted for the dried cranberries if desired.
** recipe adapted from Giada De Laurentiis

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29 comments on “Israeli Couscous Harvest Salad”

  1. Found this on Pinterest and had most of the ingredients on hand. I subbed pine nuts for the almonds (toasted the same), no mustard, but I had mustard powder, no pear so I used dried figs. It was still delicious. Thanks so much for sharing.

  2. Great salad! So fresh and tasty. I used nuts instead of almonds and I couldn´t stop eating it.

  3. Good modification to the original recipe, It made my day. The crunchy almonds, chewy dried fruit, crisp apples, and many other healthy ingredients. Very healthy.

  4. I love Israeli couscous with a ton of things thrown in, as you have here, and all of your additions sound so tasty. The dressing sounds great too – a great and easy side as you say (yes I too often forget to plan them!)

  5. I have never tried Israeli couscous but after viewing this recipe, I think I need to! This looks delicious!

  6. I’m very fond of Israeli couscous too, and this is a whole new way of using it. Thanks for sharing.

  7. I love versatile side dishes! This salad looks scrumptious! And I like how healthy it is!

  8. This sounds yummy! Love the addition of the apples, pears, and cranberries. 🙂

  9. It’s so funny that you consider it a perk that we get to eat our food after taking pictures. I think that’s a huge downside! I want to eat my food immediately. 😀 This salad looks fantastic! A great last-minute side dish for sure.

    • Thank you Erin!! Lol I know what you mean… there are sometimes that I will have one plate of food in my lap, eating it WHILE I’m photographing the other plate of food. Waiting is so overrated 😉

  10. Talk about a healthy well rounded meal. It looks delicious!

  11. What a gorgeous and healthy salad! Completely up my alley! Thanks so much for bringing this to FF this week! 😀

  12. Psh, half the time I just skip over the side dish for dinner, haha. I love this meal! I have been on a couscous kick and really wish I had all the ingredients on hand right now (but shopping day is tomorrow so you know what I am doing!)

  13. This is my idea of a perfect grain bowl salad side dish whatever! I want it!

  14. This is one beautiful salad. I never think to break out the couscous for some reason. I just love all f the fresh ingredients that you’ve included in this salad. Especially since I can get them even in the frozen Tundra right now!

  15. This looks delicious! I love Giada’s recipes too 🙂 plus I can eat any type of cous cous at any time in any way that it’s made! Love that you added fruits and nuts to it too 🙂