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Israeli Couscous and Corn Salad

Peppercorn-sized Israeli couscous, corn, red pepper and a lime-honey dressing combine in a summery salad.

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  • Servings: 8

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  • 1 1/2 cups Israeli couscous (about 1/2 pound) (See Note)
  • 3 cups boiling water
  • Salt
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 cups fresh or thawed frozen corn kernels
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon ground corriander seeds
  • 1/4 teaspoon caraway seeds
  • 1 red bell pepper, finely chopped
  • 2 jalapeños, seeded and minced
  • 2 scallions, thinly sliced
  • 3 tablespoons finely chopped mint
  • 1/3 cup fresh lime juice
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon finely grated lime zest
  • Freshly ground pepper


  1. Put the couscous in a bowl and add the boiling water. Stir in 2 teaspoons of salt, cover tightly with plastic wrap and let stand, stirring once, until the grains are plump and tender, about 1 hour.
  2. Meanwhile, heat the olive oil in a medium skillet. Add the corn, onion, coriander and caraway and cook over moderately low heat, stirring, until the onion is softened, about 8 minutes. Transfer to a large bowl and let cool.
  3. Add the couscous to the bowl, along with the bell pepper, jalapeños, scallions and mint. In a bowl, whisk together the lime juice, canola oil, vinegar, honey and lime zest. Add to the couscous and toss. Season with salt and pepper and serve.


Israeli couscous is available at Middle Eastern groceries or by mail-order from Kalustyan's, 212-685-3451.

Contributed By Photo © Bill Bettencourt Published August 1998

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