israeli couscous salad w/ swiss farmer sausage

In appetizers, brunch, culinary experiments, dinner, easy weeknight meals, ethnic food, lunch, side dishes, spa food on 06.23.11 at 11:52 pm

i’m a bit of a food nerd when it comes to grocery shopping. i get a thrill out of hunting down new feature ingredients for my next culinary experiment. typically i look for odd or unique ingredients or local delicacies — something different to introduce some new flavours into my kitchen. the new flavours of the week: israeli couscous & cured swiss farmer sausage.

what’s great about this mediterranean-inspired salad is that it’s light and simple to prepare. the peppery flavours of the cured swiss farmer sausage balances nicely with the crisp assortment of fresh organic veggies. and adding some israeli couscous gives that extra boost of substance to make this salad a meal in itself.

the couscous:
in a small pot, add the following ingredients:
– 1 cup toasted israeli couscous (uncooked)
– 2 cups water w/ a dash of salt

– bring to a boil. once boiling, reduce heat & simmer for approx 15min until the water is absorbed into couscous grains.

the meat & veggies:
while the couscous is cooking, it’s time to chop up the veggies & meat…
– cured swiss farmer sausage (2 small cooked links, sliced into half-moons)
– 1 large red heirloom tomato (rough chop)
– 1 large yellow heirloom tomato (rough chop)
– 1/2 organic zucchini (peeled, chopped into bite-sized chunks)
– organic fresh spinach leaves (torn into small- to medium-sized leaves)

food styling:
– place a bed of spinach leaves in a bowl
– add a small serving of couscous
– add zucchini & tomatoes
– top w/ swiss farmer sausage chunks
– squeeze fresh lemon juice (in lieu of salad dressing)
– season w/ ground black peppercorns

  1. Love couscous but never tired the Israeli one before – I’m sure to find it on the shelves when we get home.
    :-) Mandy


  2. I always hear how wonderful Israeli couscous is, but haven’t sought it out. This looks fabulous. I’ll have to go on my own quest.


  3. Hey, not nerdy at all! I’m definitely the same way. I’d say you picked some delicious and interesting ingredients. Mmm and heirloom tomatoes are the best.


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