Israeli Couscous Salad with Roasted Asparagus, Artichokes, & Spinach

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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? πŸ™‚

Israeli Couscous Salad with Roasted Asparagus, Artichokes, & Spinach

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

Prep Time
5 minutes
Cook Time
25 minutes

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

Instructions

  1. 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. 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. 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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I’m Maria and my husband is Josh. We share a love of cooking, baking, and entertaining. We enjoy creating recipes that are simple, fresh, and family friendly. We love sitting around the table with good food, good conversation, and good friends and family! Our kitchen is always open!
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  1. 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! πŸ™‚

    This would be perfect for st pattys day πŸ™‚

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

  3. 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.

  4. 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!

  5. 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?

  6. 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.

  7. 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!

  8. Look at that photo, it complements your blog perfectly πŸ™‚ I’m a sucker for anything with artichokes and asparagus is a spring favorite. And p.s. keep Josh’s mitts out of the fridge

  9. I can feel Spring in the air too. Just bought a big bag of asparagus from Costco’s the other day and roasted them with some cherry tomatoes. Your salad sounds nice and light, very Spring-like. I might even roast the artichokes along with the asparagus.

  10. I just discovered your site today and have been bookmarking all sorts of great recipes, including this one! My husband and I just return from a meat-filled trip to Argentina and decided that our stomachs and pocketbooks need a vegetarian diet for a while. Thanks for all the great recipes!

  11. Looks and sounds wonderful.
    Wondering if I can make it a day before I serve it? Then serve either cold or at room temp?

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