Israeli Couscous and Arugula Salad

  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 30 min (includes cooling time)
  • Active: 20 min
  • Yield: 4 to 6 servings
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1 1/2 cups Israeli (pearl) couscous

2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice 

1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard 

1/4 cup olive oil

1/4 teaspoon dried red pepper flakes 

Kosher salt 

Freshly cracked black pepper 

1 vine-ripened tomato, diced 

1/2 cup dried currants 

1 hothouse cucumber, seeded and diced 

1 red bell pepper, seeded and diced 

1/2 red onion, diced 

2 cups Israeli (curly baby) arugula 


Bring a large pot of well-salted water to a boil. Add couscous and cook 8 to 10 minutes, until couscous has puffed up and is cooked through to the center. Drain and allow to cool. Transfer to a large bowl.

Prepare dressing by whisking together the lemon juice and mustard while drizzling in the olive oil. Once slightly emulsified, stir in pepper flakes and season with salt and cracked black pepper.

Toss the tomato, currants, cucumber, red bell pepper, onion and arugula with the couscous. Pour the dressing over top. Season with salt and pepper to taste and toss to the combine.

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