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Israeli Couscous Summer Pilaf
Posted By Nava On June 19, 2011 @ 9:32 pm In Cool Pasta Salads,Super Savory Salads | 1 Comment
This delightful pilaf/salad combining Israeli couscous, tomatoes, avocado, and stone fruit is from Vegan Holiday Kitchen . Photo by Susan Voisin, FatFree Vegan Kitchen . Israeli couscous is one fun little pasta. It’s round and quick-cooking, and has a very pleasant mouth feel. Look for it in bulk in natural foods stores, or in the Middle Eastern section of the international aisle in well-stocked supermarkets.
Combined with herbs, raw veggies, and lush stone fruit, it makes for a light and refreshing foil to grilled foods  or well-seasoned plant-based protein dishes. It also makes for a lovely dish to share when you’re invited to a summer potluck. Make sure to use a firm, flavorful cucumber with a minimum of seeds. Hothouse cucumber is a good choice for this if you can’t get a small, firm variety straight from the garden or farm market.
Serves: 8 or more
Bring 5 cups of water to a boil in a medium saucepan. Add the Israeli couscous and cook at a rapid simmer for about 8 minutes, or until al dente. Drain and rinse with cool water until the couscous is at room temperature.
In a mixing bowl, combine the couscous with the remaining ingredients except the last two. Toss well to combine.
Line a large serving platter with some greens. Mound the salad over them, letting some of the greens show along the edge. Sprinkle the top with the toasted nuts. Serve at once or cover loosely with plastic wrap and refrigerate until needed.
Note: This can be made gluten-free by replacing couscous with quinoa (use 1 cup raw quinoa). It will be a different sort of pilaf/salad, but still good!
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 Super Savory Salads.: http://www.vegkitchen.com/category/recipes/salads/savory-salads/
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