Israeli Couscous – also known as Pearl Couscous is a whole wheat pasta that is slightly chewy because of its tiny texture. It is made from whole wheat, therefore it is not gluten-free but vegan and vegetarian. I have to admit I have only discovered it recently when I went shopping. It looked so interesting and I thought I should give a try. I prepared it at home I was really amazed how tasty it is!
There is an endless variety of recipes for this kind of tiny pearl pasta. I’m usually not a big pasta eater because most dishes are too heavy on the carbohydrates for me, but the Israeli couscous is a really light pasta, especially if you switch the proportions and add a lot of vegetables and less pasta. Pearl Couscous has a low glycemic index, which makes it healthy and high in fiber. It makes a perfect light snack for lunch without weighing you down. It tastes delicious with roasted or sauteed vegetables, and even cold the next day. It makes a perfect light side dish or a nutritious pasta salad on its own.
One other thing is that these little pasta pearls are also really beautiful to look at and make every dish really inviting looking.
I added dried baby garbanzo beans and red quinoa for extra protein and fiber in the salad and sunflower seeds for iron. But you can easily prepare this Israeli Couscous Salad with just the couscous and the vegetables if you do not have these items on hand.
Here is what you need:
1 1/2 cups Israeli Couscous
2 tbsp dried Baby Garbanzo Beans
1 tbsp Red Quinoa
2 Garlic Gloves
Fresh Spinach, chopped
Red Bell Pepper, diced
1 Onion, diced
1/8 tsp Ginger Powder
1 tbsp Raw Sunflower Seeds
- bring water to a boil and add pearl pasta, garbanzo beans and red quinoa
- reduce heat and let it simmer for 10-12 minutes
- in a saucepan, heat 1 tbsp olive oil and sautee onion & garlic, then add pepper and spinach
- sautee for about 3-5 minutes
- drain pearl pasta and add to the sauce pan with the vegetables
- add sea salt, pepper and ginger
- Serve with sliced Avocado and sprinkle with sunflower seeds! Yum!