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Israeli Couscous Salad with Cranberries and Tender Kale

Israeli Couscous Salad with Cranberries and Tender Kale
  • Prep 15 min
  • Total 45 min
  • Ingredients 12
  • Servings 4

Among all the offerings at Christmas dinner, it's a good idea to have a deliciosa salad on hand. This Israeli couscous is very simple to prepare and very budget-friendly. I bet it will be a hot topic at your fiesta, as everyone will want to know what it is. You can coolly respond that the 'pearls' are made from semolina wheat! Using ingredients that are unique or little-known will help you create a menu that's interesting yet pleasing to the palate. And holiday parties are an excellent occasion for introducing new flavors and bringing sumptuous recipes to the dinner table. MORE + LESS -

Ingredients

For the salad:

2
cups Israeli couscous pearls
1
tablespoon olive oil
4
cups hot vegetable broth
Salt to taste
4
cups (small) tender kale leaves
1/2
cup dried cranberries

For the dressing:

1
cup rice vinegar
2
teaspoons mustard
1
teaspoon honey
1
teaspoon sea salt
1
teaspoon ground black pepper
1/2
cup olive oil

Directions

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  • 1
    The couscous should be prepared first, as it takes at least 30 minutes to cook.
  • 2
    In a large saucepan, lightly fry the couscous in olive oil until it has turned golden in color.
  • 3
    Pour the hot vegetable broth on top and add a pinch of salt. Turn off the heat and cover.
  • 4
    When all the liquid has been absorbed, lightly fluff the couscous with a fork and set aside.
  • 5
    To serve, place a small bed of tender kale leaves on a plate and add one or two large spoons of couscous on top. Garnish with dried cranberries and dress with a bit of vinaigrette—this can be enjoyed as a starter course or as a side dish for main courses like turkey or roast chicken.
  • 6
    To make the salad dressing, mix the above ingredients together in a bowl in the order they are listed. Stir with a fork until the sauce is well blended.
  • 7
    If you want to serve this salad buffet-style, use a large salad bowl and follow the same steps as listed above. In this case, the salad dressing should be set aside in a glass bottle or gravy dish, so guests can dress their salad to taste.
  • 8
    This recipe is a great idea for Christmas dinner that is sure to catch the attention of your friends and family. Let us know what you think and how it worked for you!

Expert Tips

  • If tender kale leaves are not available, large leaves can also be used. Just cut them into thin strips.
  • Fresh spinach is another alternative that pairs well with this recipe.

Nutrition Information

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More About This Recipe
  • Among all the offerings at Christmas dinner, it's a good idea to have a deliciosa salad on hand. This Israeli couscous is very simple to prepare and very budget-friendly. I bet it will be a hot topic at your fiesta, as everyone will want to know what it is. You can coolly respond that the 'pearls' are made from semolina wheat! Using ingredients that are unique or little-known will help you create a menu that's interesting yet pleasing to the palate. And holiday parties are an excellent occasion for introducing new flavors and bringing sumptuous recipes to the dinner table.

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