Recipe: Pearl Couscous Salad

July 8, 2014 Updated: July 8, 2014

Pearl couscous, also known as Israeli couscous or ptitim, is a toasted pasta shaped like pearls. I never heard of it before coming to the US, seeing it at the salad bars or on TV, cooked in Iron Chef. I was more used to the couscous semolina that has a totally different taste and is used for taboule.

So, here is an easy recipe to make a Pearl Couscous Salad that I hope you will, like me, find delicious! 

Ingredients – (For 2 servings) 

1. 1/2 cup of pearl couscous

2.  2 tomatoes 

3. 0.25 lb of feta cheese

4. 20 to 30 manzanilla pitted olives

5. 1 teaspoon of cumin

6. 1 tablespoon of garlic

7. 2 table spoons of olive oil

8. raisins 


In a saucepan, put the garlic, olive oil, cumin and pearl couscous on medium heat. Toast the pasta until golden. Then add 3/4 of water, salt and cook until the water is fully absorbed for approx. 9 minutes. Remove from the heat. 

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Cut the tomatoes, olives and feta into small cubes of similar size. Put them in a salad bowl with 1/4 of a cup of raisins. Add vinegar, olive oil and a pinch of salt. Let the raisins soak for 10 minutes. Add the pearl couscous to the bowl and mix. Refrigerate and eat cold. Et voila! 

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Note: After 30 minutes, mix again in the bowl as the couscous tends to stick all together. 

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