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Israeli Couscous Salad with Roasted Asparagus, Artichokes, & Spinach

Spring is in the air, I can just taste it. I found a beautiful bunch of asparagus at the market last week and knew I had to make a delicious recipe. I love asparagus and I am so glad it is in season-and on sale. I ended up creating this Israeli Couscous Salad with Roasted Asparagus, Artichokes, & Spinach. All of the flavors combined made a very tasty salad.

I drizzled the asparagus with a little olive oil and fresh lemon juice and roasted them until they were tender. I cut them into one-inch pieces for the salad. I added the asparagus pieces to Israeli couscous. I also stirred in artichokes and fresh spinach. I squeezed fresh lemon juice over the salad and added a tiny sprinkle of Parmesan cheese. This salad screams spring!

I made the salad for lunch and put the leftovers in the refrigerator. When Josh got home from work, he opened the fridge and started looking for a little snack. He spotted my salad and asked if he could taste it. Well, a few bites soon turned into an empty container. He devoured the salad. I am glad he loved it, but sad I didn’t have any salad left. Good thing this salad recipe is super simple to make, because I made it again the next day. I am in love!

This Israeli Couscous Salad with Roasted Asparagus, Artichokes, & Spinach is the perfect salad for Spring. It is light, refreshing, and bursting with green. Maybe I should make this for St. Patrick’s Day too? :)

Israeli Couscous Salad with Roasted Asparagus, Artichokes, & Spinach

Yield: Serves 4

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Israeli couscous salad with roasted asparagus, artichokes, spinach and a light lemon dressing. This simple and refreshing salad is perfect for Spring.

Ingredients:

3 cups water
Pinch of salt
1 1/2 cups dry Israeli Couscous
14 asparagus spears
1/2 tablespoon olive oil
Juice of 2 lemons, divided
1 cup jarred artichoke hearts, drained and chopped
1 cup chopped fresh spinach
Parmesan cheese, for sprinkling (optional)
Salt and pepper, to taste

Directions:

1. In a medium saucepan, bring three cups of water to a boil. Add a generous pinch of salt, stir in the Israeli couscous. Reduce heat to a simmer. Simmer until couscous is just tender, with a slight bite, about 10 to 13 minutes. Drain into a fine mesh strainer and set aside.

2. While the couscous is cooking, roast the asparagus. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Place the asparagus spears on a large baking sheet and drizzle with olive oil and juice from 1/2 of one lemon. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Roast for 10-12 minutes, or until spears are tender. Let spears cool and then cut into one-inch pieces.

3. In a large bowl, combine Israeli couscous, asparagus spears, artichoke hearts, and spinach. Squeeze lemon juice, from the remaining half and other lemon, over the salad. Stir well. Sprinkle salad with Parmesan cheese, if desired and season with salt and pepper, to taste. Serve.

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75 Responses to “Israeli Couscous Salad with Roasted Asparagus, Artichokes, & Spinach”

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    Rosa — March 7, 2012 @ 4:25 am

    A wonderful salad! So spring-like and refined.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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    Kathryn — March 7, 2012 @ 4:53 am

    I love the colours of this salad, it definitely makes me feel like sunshine is in the air!

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    Blog is the New Black — March 7, 2012 @ 5:12 am

    Maria, this sounds wonderful! I have been LOVING couscous lately.

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    there is SO much asparagus here in the markets…I am loving it!

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    The Café Sucré Farine — March 7, 2012 @ 6:10 am

    Delish! This totally looks like my kind of dinner. I love all of your ingredients so know this would be a big hit! It’s so exciting that asparagus season is upon us!!

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    Erica — March 7, 2012 @ 6:52 am

    Ive made a pasta dish with the same add ins! Its the perfect combination.! Totally picking up asparagus this week!

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    This is filled with deliciousness!

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    Aggie — March 7, 2012 @ 7:21 am

    Oh yum, this is my kind of food. I love roasted asparagus and am anxious to start buying them again!! I have yet to try Israeli couscous but I have a box in the pantry! :)

    This would be perfect for st pattys day :)

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    Cassie — March 7, 2012 @ 7:24 am

    This salad definitely screams spring. We have had some great asparagus already too. I’m so ready for spring flavors, this sounds perfect!

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    Tracey — March 7, 2012 @ 7:39 am

    I’m so excited asparagus is back too! I’ve been eating it almost every day for the past week :) Your salad looks great!

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    Sarah — March 7, 2012 @ 8:19 am

    This looks delicious! I’m so happy asparagus is back again.

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    bridget {bake at 350} — March 7, 2012 @ 8:32 am

    That looks so delicious! I’ve never tried Israeli couscous. I think it’s time!

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    thehealthyapron — March 7, 2012 @ 8:41 am

    I am SO ready for spring and this dish looks like the perfect way to get us itching for spring even more!! Superb! :)

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    Norma Chang — March 7, 2012 @ 8:45 am

    Yep, spring is around the corner, this is the perfect dish to welcome spring.

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    Laurie {Simply Scratch} — March 7, 2012 @ 8:55 am

    The colors are beautiful and this looks absolutely mouth watering!

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    mireia — March 7, 2012 @ 9:13 am

    Looks great!!

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    Jennifer — March 7, 2012 @ 9:19 am

    I’ve seen so many couscous recipes popping up lately, on my own blog included. Love the addition of asparagus.

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    Shawna @ CheekyChicFamily — March 7, 2012 @ 9:29 am

    I love eating spring inspired dishes. It seems to be the happiest time of year. You start seeing everyone in their front yards, the kids on their bikes, baseball season, water sprinklers….it’s just fun! I can’t wait to try this recipe out.

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    I just made an Israeli couscous dish the other day too. It’s one of my favorite sides to play around with :) I also go on an asparagus binge this time of year so this is perfect!

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    Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. — March 7, 2012 @ 9:30 am

    omg this is right up my alley!! Hope you and your family is fabulous! You have cutest baby ever!

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    Lori @ RecipeGirl — March 7, 2012 @ 9:35 am

    I adore Israeli cous cous! There will be a salad recipe using it in my cookbook! Your version looks wonderful. I haven’t picked up asparagus in a long time, but they’re looking yummy!

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    Jenny Flake — March 7, 2012 @ 9:35 am

    These flavors are my favorite!! Great recipe!! xoxo

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    Andrea the Kitchen Witch — March 7, 2012 @ 9:40 am

    Oh this looks delicious! Israeli couscous is one of our favorites, I love the shape and texture. Roasting the asparagus is a stroke of genius. I think I’ll make this for lunch today. Yum!

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    Jamie — March 7, 2012 @ 9:40 am

    I really love this kind of salad whether eaten warm or room temp and find it makes a fabulous meal. Healthy and delicious! And pretty, don’t you think?

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    Lauren — March 7, 2012 @ 9:43 am

    Bet the flavor combo is amazing!! And roasted asparagus is one of my faves!! LOVE.

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    Heather @ Heater's Dish — March 7, 2012 @ 9:45 am

    It’s been too long since Israeli couscous was in my life! This has to change stat :)

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    Oh very nice! I have been on an artichoke and asparagus binge as of late.

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    Ashley — March 7, 2012 @ 10:19 am

    I’m counting down the days [okay weeks] until asparagus is in season here!! This looks tremendous! I love the green/white colors. :)

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    Shaina — March 7, 2012 @ 10:38 am

    I love this. Artichokes and asparagus are some of my favorites. I hate having to wait for spring. (Still snow-covered around here.) I can’t wait to try this.

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    Looks amazing! I am seeing asparagus popping up in stores lately, can’t wait to give this recipe a try!

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    Amanda — March 7, 2012 @ 11:14 am

    Such a fantastic flavor combination and use of texture! You are such a talented foodie Maria… I am in awe!

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    It really is the perfect dish for St. Patrick’s Day! Such beautiful colors!

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    I love roasted asparagus in just about anything. Looks like a wonderful salad!

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    Kristin — March 7, 2012 @ 11:35 am

    How long do you roast your asparagus for? I love roasted asparagus, but last time I roasted it, I must have left it in the oven too long, as it shrunk way down. It is hard to tell when it is done. What degree do you roast it at too? Thanks! Salad looks awesome!

    • Two Peas replied: — March 7th, 2012 @ 8:53 pm

      It says in the recipe:)

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    noble pig- cathy — March 7, 2012 @ 12:35 pm

    Wow..it looks like Spring.!!!!!

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    Bev Weidner — March 7, 2012 @ 12:39 pm

    I. Love. This. So. Bawd.

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    Cookbook Queen — March 7, 2012 @ 12:39 pm

    This looks so light and yummy!! Perfect for a Spring lunch!!

  38. 38

    This looks like perfection, Maria. Seriously, you have a way with food.

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    Aylin @ Glow Kitchen — March 7, 2012 @ 1:55 pm

    I cant wait to roast asparagus — among my favorite foods!

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    Brian @ A Thought For Food — March 7, 2012 @ 5:52 pm

    What a fabulous recipe! I’m dying to give this a try! Shame I just used up my asparagus. I’ll have to go get some more!

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