Apples 'n' Honey couscous salad for Rosh Hashanah
Mary Bilyeu | Contributor
So rather than utilizing the traditional apples and honey — the former dipped into the latter with hopes for a sweet new year — in baked goods or kugels or anything heavy and warm, it seemed more appropriate to make a lighter dish this time, to celebrate the beginning of the year 5774.
In searching through recipes to seek out ideas, I was inspired by my blogging buddy Candace, who was inspired by her stepdaughter, who was in turn inspired by Giada de Laurentiis to make an apple salad with Israeli couscous — how perfect for a Jewish celebration! I've tweaked the dish somewhat, but the spirit is the same — a nutritious and delicious dish for a happy, healthy, and bountiful new year.
Here are some more dishes you can serve for your holiday feasting, as well:
Apple Almond Kugel (one of my most requested recipes)
Cider-Braised Chicken (my very favorite chicken dish)
Apples 'n' Honey Couscous Salad
1 cup dry whole wheat Israeli couscous
juice of half lemon
1 medium red apple
1 medium green apple
1/2 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
3/4 cup dried cranberries
1/3 cup toasted sliced almonds
3 green onions, finely sliced
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
juice of 1 medium orange
3 tablespoons honey
pinch of kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Prepare couscous according to package directions, then place into a large mixing bowl.
Fill a large bowl with water and add the lemon juice. Core apples but leave the peels on, then cut into 1/2-inch dice; place diced apples into the lemon water for 5 minutes, to prevent browning, then drain and add to couscous. Stir in parsley, cranberries, almonds, and green onions.
In a measuring cup, whisk together all of the dressing ingredients; pour over the salad and toss to coat.
Serves 6-8 as a side dish.
The phrase "You Should Only Be Happy" (written in Hebrew on the stone pictured in this post) comes from Deuteronomy 16:15 and is a wish for all her readers - when you come to visit here, may you always be happy.