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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.