Israeli Couscous Salad with Smoked Salmon and Creamy Pesto

Israeli Couscous Salad with Smoked Salmon and Creamy Pesto
Staff Writer
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
359
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

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. 

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
10g
14%
Sugar
22g
24%
Saturated Fat
2g
8%
Cholesterol
10mg
3%
Carbohydrate, by difference
56g
43%
Protein
17g
37%
Vitamin A, RAE
362µg
52%
Vitamin B-12
1µg
42%
Vitamin B-6
1mg
77%
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid
43mg
57%
Vitamin E, added
1mg
7%
Vitamin K (phylloquinone)
223µg
100%
Calcium, Ca
529mg
53%
Choline, total
60mg
14%
Copper, Cu
1mg
0%
Fiber, total dietary
8g
32%
Folate, total
256µg
64%
Iron, Fe
6mg
33%
Magnesium, Mg
155mg
48%
Manganese, Mn
1mg
56%
Niacin
5mg
36%
Pantothenic acid
2mg
40%
Phosphorus, P
300mg
43%
Selenium, Se
15µg
27%
Sodium, Na
420mg
28%
Vitamin D (D2 + D3)
1µg
7%
Water
260g
10%
Zinc, Zn
3mg
38%

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.