Spring Asparagus Salad with Israeli Couscous
Karen is busy getting her spring recipes ready and is sharing one of her favourites: Spring Asparagus Salad with Israeli Couscous. For her, one of the first signs of spring is fresh asparagus, which is featured in this healthy and delicious recipe.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Yield: 4-6 servings
Ingredients – Asparagus
- 1–2 bunches asparagus, trimmed
- 1–2 tablespoons olive oil
- salt and pepper to taste
Ingredients – Couscous
- 1½ cups dry Israeli Couscous (uncooked) or use orzo or quinoa (about 4 cups cooked)
- ½ cup kalamata olives (pitted, sliced)
- ½ cup feta cheese
- ½ cup toasted pine nuts (optional, slivered almonds)
- 2 cups grape tomatoes, cut in half
- ½ cup dill or fresh basil, chopped
- 3 scallions, sliced at a diagonal
- zest from one lemon (divided)
Ingredients – Dressing
- ⅓ cup olive oil
- 3 tablespoons whole grain mustard
- 2 tablespoon Red wine vinegar
- 2 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon salt
- 1 teaspoon pepper
- Preheat oven to 425°F.
- Trim the tough ends of the asparagus off and lay trimmed stalks on a baking sheet.
- Drizzle with 1-2 tablespoons of olive oil, sprinkle with a generous pinch of salt and cracked pepper, and half of the lemon zest.
- Roast in oven until just tender for about 20-25 minutes.
- Cool and cut into bite size pieces (if in a hurry, cut into bite-size pieces and blanch for approximately four minutes, drain and cool under cold water).
- Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add couscous, and cook until desired tenderness.
- Make the dressing in a small bowl, stirring all ingredients together.
- Drain couscous (if using for a salad run under cold water until cool, drain well) and place in a large bowl.
- Toss with dressing, olives, asparagus, tomatoes, feta, pine nuts, fresh herbs, scallions, and remaining lemon zest.
- Taste and adjust salt and lemon to your liking.
- Serve warm, or chill and serve as a salad.
- If serving chilled, taste the salad once more before serving and adjust seasoning if needed.