So sick of this snow! Here is a delicious warm salad recipe to make when you are sick of making your usuals!


I made this recipe up the other day when I was trying to use up my lentils and my box of Israeli couscous and some fresh produce from my new local veggie delivery (more on that soon!!).

Here is a little info on Israeli couscous, also known as ptitim:

  • it is a wheat-based baked pasta that is shaped like a little pearl
  • it is known as “Ben Gurion’s rice” in Israel
  • it’s filling and can be used in tons of dishes, both hot and cold
  • it has a lot of surface area so it holds sauce well
  • it is cooked with a 1:2 ratio (1 part couscous, 2 parts water) but I browned mine before I cooked it.
  • it doesn’t clump together like North African couscous

Warm Israeli Couscous and Lentil Salad

  • 1 cup of lentils (cooked as directed)
  • 1 cup of Israeli couscous – browned with 1 tbsp. EVOO for about 5 minutes, then cooked as directed (2 c. water)
  • 1/2 red onion, chopped
  • 2 cups of fresh spinach
  • 1 cups of mushrooms, chopped
  • 1 clove fresh pressed garlic
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 Tbsp. EVOO
  • 1 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar
  1. Cook your lentils and couscous as directed.
  2. While those are cooking, chop your veggies and place them in a new pot or pan.
  3. Cook veggies on med. heat with 1 T. EVOO until they are softened.
  4. Mix fresh garlic, balsamic, salt and pepper and 1 T. EVOO into the veggies and simmer for a minute.
  5. Add couscous and lentils to the pot with the veggies.
  6. Stir together and serve warm.
  7. Or enjoy cold!

* This salad does not have an overpowering flavor. Feel free to add soy/sesame flavors to go with an Asian meal or feta and lemon juice to go with a Greek meal! More veggies and a glass of wine would also go well!!

We are headed to Cleveland for Brady’s grandpa’s memorial tonight.  We will be back tomorrow.

Hope your weekend is off to a great start!