A type of tiny pasta, Israeli couscous is slightly different than its sibling, regular couscous. While the standard version looks like tiny little grains, Israeli couscous—also known as pearl couscous—is made of larger balls that are toasted; Israeli couscous has a bit of a chewy texture and nutty flavor. Here are some inspiring recipes!
Israeli-Style Vegan Salad
If you like tabouli, then you’ll like this similar Israeli-style vegan salad. Simple and fresh, the salad is made with pearl couscous, tomatoes, cucumbers, fresh parsley, and lemon juice. Although the recipe is quite dependent on the fresh chopped parsley for flavor, feel free to also try it with freshly chopped cilantro. It is best made ahead of time so the flavors have a chance to meld. If you’re not eating vegan, you might like to crumble a bit of feta cheese on top.
Vegetarian Israeli Couscous Risotto With Spinach and Parmesan
Israeli couscous makes for a fine, if slightly less creamy, risotto. This simple Vegetarian Israeli couscous risotto with spinach and parmesan recipe is prepared with a splash of white wine. Try another hard cheese in place of the Parmesan, or consider a local goat gouda or sheep’s milk cheese for something different. This dish is completed in under half an hour!
Vegan Israeli Couscous With Dried Cranberries and Toasted Almonds
This vegan Israeli couscous with dried cranberries and toasted almonds brings interesting textures and contrasting flavors together to create a colorful and satisfying side or main dish. The crunch of almonds is the perfect counterpoint to the chewiness of the dried cranberries and couscous, and the scallions add a nice, bright green finish. The dressing ingredients combine sweet and tart tastes, adding a vibrant touch to this vegan dish.
Vegan Coconut Couscous
This simple vegan coconut couscous side dish calls for just a handful of ingredients: Israeli couscous, coconut milk, water, salt, and sliced green onions. If you want to lower the calories in the dish, use light coconut milk; however, full-fat coconut milk will provide more flavor. The salt and green onions shouldn’t be skipped, as they also provide an abundance of flavor in a dish that could be bland if not seasoned properly.
Vegetarian Falafel-Spiced Middle Eastern Couscous
Almost like a deconstructed falafel combined with Israeli couscous, this recipe takes the flavors and ingredients of the Middle Eastern fried chickpea patty and pairs them with the tender pearls of couscous. To make this Vegetarian falafel-spiced Middle Eastern couscous recipe vegan, simply eliminate the cheese (but be sure to taste for needed salt since the cheese adds salt to the dish).
The heartiness of Israeli couscous makes it perfect for vegetarian or vegan dishes, but it should be noted that, as couscous is made from wheat, it is not gluten-free. Pick one of these 5 recipes for each in a week. So you don’t need to be busy to decide on each menu!