Spicy Kale and Lemon Israeli Couscous

Spicy Kale and Lemon Israeli Couscous
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Spicy Kale and Lemon Israeli Couscous

Elaina Samardzija

Spicy Kale and Lemon Israeli Couscous

Couscous: the food so nice, they named it twice. Mmmm couscous... it’s such a great ingredient for all sorts of dishes, like this fun little salad I’ve put together. I’ve made several types of couscous salads before, but this one is my favorite. Even with very few ingredients, this dish packs a punch of flavor! It’s a perfect side dish or is great as a quick lunch.

I’ve been eating more and more kale. Why wouldn’t I? It’s delicious and ridiculously healthy for you! And with the addition of loads of lemon and chile and creamy goat cheese, I could eat this salad day-in, day-out.

The name, couscous, itself means well-rolled, well-formed, and rounded. And that’s just what these little pearly grains look like, well-rounded little balls of pasta! Perfect shape and size to mix with any other ingredient.

And without any further ado, here's the recipe!

Directions

Bring a pot of water to a boil over high heat. Add the couscous and cook until al dente according to package directions. Drain and toss with 1 tablespoon of the olive oil, then spread on a baking sheet and place in the refrigerator to cool completely.

Once chilled, place in a large bowl and combine with the remaining olive oil. Add the scallion, kale, lemon zest and juice, crushed red chile pepper flakes, and goat cheese. Season with sea salt, to taste.

Stir well and chill for 20 minutes in the refrigerator. Before serving, let sit at room temperature for 10 minutes. Garnish with a slice of lemon and enjoy.

Nutrition

Calories per serving:

1101 kcal

Daily value:

55%

Servings:

1
  • Carbohydrate, by difference 196 g
  • Protein 38 g
  • Total lipid (fat) 17 g
  • Vitamin A, IU 1079 IU
  • Vitamin A, RAE 152 µg
  • Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid 83 mg
  • Vitamin D 7 IU
  • Vitamin K (phylloquinone) 1 µg
  • Alanine 1 g
  • Arginine 1 g
  • Ash 3 g
  • Aspartic acid 2 g
  • Calcium, Ca 155 mg
  • Carotene, beta 23 µg
  • Cholesterol 24 mg
  • Choline, total 5 mg
  • Copper, Cu 1 mg
  • Cystine 1 g
  • Fatty acids, total monounsaturated 4 g
  • Fatty acids, total polyunsaturated 4 g
  • Fatty acids, total saturated 7 g
  • Fiber, total dietary 14 g
  • Folate, DFE 61 µg
  • Folate, food 61 µg
  • Folate, total 63 µg
  • Glutamic acid 11 g
  • Glycine 1 g
  • Histidine 1 g
  • Iron, Fe 4 mg
  • Isoleucine 1 g
  • Leucine 2 g
  • Lysine 1 g
  • Magnesium, Mg 118 mg
  • Manganese, Mn 2 mg
  • Methionine 1 g
  • Niacin 11 mg
  • Pantothenic acid 3 mg
  • Phenylalanine 2 g
  • Phosphorus, P 502 mg
  • Potassium, K 581 mg
  • Proline 4 g
  • Retinol 120 µg
  • Riboflavin 1 mg
  • Selenium, Se 2 µg
  • Serine 2 g
  • Sodium, Na 598 mg
  • Sugars, total 3 g
  • Thiamin 1 mg
  • Threonine 1 g
  • Tyrosine 1 g
  • Valine 2 g
  • Water 227 g
  • Zinc, Zn 2 mg
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