Whenever Trader Joes starts selling a new product, I get excited. Finally, Israeli couscous! Don’t worry if you don’t have a Trader Joe’s, though, you can buy it at most groceries. For some reason I usually cook with fine couscous, but unlike its smaller cousin, Israeli couscous looks like tiny pearls and have a wonderful, light texture.
When I made it for dinner recently, my husband said “why haven’t you ever made this before? I love Israeli couscous!” (after 8 1/2 years together, who knew?). He wasn’t the only one that loved it. Kenya dug right in to this dish and enjoyed every bite.
I took a few of my favorite Moroccan flavors like mint, olive oil, lemon and tossed in several other nutritious items to make this recipe that can be served warm or cold. I even came up with a way to cook everything in one pot so there’s no big mess to deal with and it’s ready in minutes. This recipe really is everything that weelicious stands for_ easy, fast and fresh!


Israeli Couscous Salad

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Author: Catherine McCord
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes


  • 1 Cup israeli couscous
  • 1 1/2 Cup water
  • 1/2 Tsp kosher salt
  • 1 Small Yam, peeled and cubed
  • 1/2 Cup dried cranberries
  • 1 Tbsp fresh mint, chopped
  • 1/4 Cup pine nuts
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil


  • Bring the water to a boil, add the couscous and yam, cover and reduce to a simmer.
  • Cook for 12 minutes.
  • Combine all the ingredients and serve.


Calories: 210kcal | Carbohydrates: 36g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 6g | Sodium: 200mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 7g
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About the Author

Catherine is a mama of three. A Kentucky girl living in California. Here’s what I know: all kids can be great eaters and mealtime must be easy. I create simple, healthy recipes the whole family will love.


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