If you are looking for a lighter pasta salad this summer, Israeli Couscous Salad is a great one to try. Israeli couscous is combined with cherry tomatoes and feta cheese. It is seasoned with dried basil and lemon. This salad is highly customizable based on your tastes. Chicken, cucumber, bell pepper, and pine nuts would also make nice additions. It can be served at room temperature or cold. I personally prefer it at room temperature.
I love the texture of Israeli couscous and Evan enjoyed it too. Israeli couscous (Ptitim, Jersusalem couscous, Pearl couscous) are small pasta in the shape of beads made from toasted semolina and wheat. It is larger than the traditional North African couscous and is especially popular among children. It is similar to berkoukes from Algeria and Matfoul from Palestine. It is popular in a few other areas around the Mediterranean. I have been able to find it at the grocery store in the ethnic section. It is also available on Amazon: Roland Israeli Couscous, 5-Pounds Bag.
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