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!


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.


Calories per serving:

1,125 calories

Dietary restrictions:

Balanced, High Fiber Sugar Conscious, Vegetarian, Egg Free, Peanut Free, Tree Nut Free, Soy Free, Fish Free, Shellfish Free, Pork Free, Alcohol Free, No Sugar Added, Kosher

Daily value:



  • Fat 47g 73%
  • Carbs 147g 49%
  • Saturated 9g 46%
  • Fiber 13g 53%
  • Sugars 4g
  • Monounsaturated 31g
  • Polyunsaturated 5g
  • Protein 30g 60%
  • Cholesterol 10mg 3%
  • Sodium 756mg 31%
  • Calcium 201mg 20%
  • Magnesium 120mg 30%
  • Potassium 759mg 22%
  • Iron 4mg 23%
  • Zinc 2mg 14%
  • Phosphorus 431mg 62%
  • Vitamin A 411µg 46%
  • Vitamin C 121mg 201%
  • Thiamin (B1) 0mg 27%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 0mg 20%
  • Niacin (B3) 7mg 35%
  • Vitamin B6 1mg 25%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 149µg 37%
  • Vitamin B12 0µg 1%
  • Vitamin D 0µg 0%
  • Vitamin E 7mg 35%
  • Vitamin K 529µg 661%
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