Israeli Couscous Salad with Smoked Salmon and Creamy Pesto

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Israeli Couscous Salad with Smoked Salmon and Creamy Pesto
Michelle Dudash

Believe it or not, but Israeli couscous is a type of pasta, so add that to your list of options when creating a recipe for pasta salad. This salad works well as an entrée paired with soup or crusty bread, as a party dish to pass around, or divided into smaller servings, as a starter course at a dinner party.

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4
Servings
549
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients
Makes
2 cups

Ingredients

For the pasta salad

  • 1 1/3 Cup Israeli (pearled) couscous
  • 3 Teaspoons expeller-pressed grapeseed or canola oil, divided
  • 1 ear of corn, or 1 cup frozen corn, thawed
  • 4 Cups arugula, chopped
  • 1 Cup diced tomatoes
  • One 4-ounce package smoked wild Alaskan salmon, diced 1/4-inch thick (about 1 cup)
  • 1/2 Cup golden raisins, chopped through twice
  • 1/4 Cup shredded Asiago cheese
  • 1/4 Cup roasted pepitas

For the dressing

  • 3 Tablespoons low-fat milk
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil mayonnaise
  • 2 Tablespoons nonfat plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 Tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon basil pesto
  • 1 Tablespoon minced shallots
  • 1 Teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1/4 Teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Directions

For the pasta salad

Cook the cousous according to the package instructions. Toss it with 2 teaspoons of the oil to prevent sticking and spread the mixture on a plate to cool it quickly. Heat a medium sauté pan over medium heat and add 1 teaspoon of oil. Place the ear of corn into the pan and blister on one side, about 1 minute. Continue to cook and turn corn until all sides are blistered, then remove the pan from heat and let it cool slightly. Stand the cob up on a cutting board and holding it firmly, cut the kernels off the cob.

For the dressing

Whisk together all of the dressing ingredients. When ready to serve, combine the couscous, corn, and remaining salad ingredients and pour the dressing on top. Toss well. Salad may be served immediately and will stay fresh for a few hours. 

Couscous Salad Shopping Tip

Look for whole wheat couscous for a healthier alternative.

Couscous Salad Cooking Tip

For added flavor, heat couscous in chicken stock or saute some carrot and onion in butter before adding water.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
20g
30%
Sugar
16g
N/A
Saturated Fat
4g
20%
Cholesterol
15mg
5%
Protein
23g
47%
Carbs
73g
24%
Vitamin A
108µg
12%
Vitamin B12
1µg
22%
Vitamin B6
0.4mg
20.5%
Vitamin C
17mg
28%
Vitamin D
6µg
1%
Vitamin E
3mg
14%
Vitamin K
85µg
100%
Calcium
229mg
23%
Fiber
7g
27%
Folate (food)
66µg
N/A
Folate equivalent (total)
66µg
16%
Iron
3mg
18%
Magnesium
122mg
31%
Monounsaturated
9g
N/A
Niacin (B3)
5mg
27%
Phosphorus
407mg
58%
Polyunsaturated
6g
N/A
Potassium
731mg
21%
Riboflavin (B2)
0.3mg
17.2%
Sodium
582mg
24%
Thiamin (B1)
0.5mg
34.2%
Zinc
2mg
14%

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