Heyyyy everyone! Between putting our condo up for sale and getting our new house ready to move into, annnnnnd my dental work annnnnnd a trip to NY (you’ll hear more about that in the future!), I’m feeling a teensy tiny bit overwhelmed.

So, I’ve enlisted a number of my favorite ladies to help me out with some fabulous recipes spattered over the next few weeks (with a bunch of mine mixed in as well, of course). Hopefully you’ll get some great recipe ideas and meet some new great food bloggers to follow.  We’re starting off with the lovely and talented Amy of Very Culinary. Thanks Amy!

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You’ll love this Israeli couscous with cherries and apples — a perfect blend of summer and fall! It’s an easy recipe perfect for entertaining.

Israeli Couscous with Cherries and Apples - Find VeryCulinary.com's recipe on RachelCooks.com

Happy to be filling in for Rachel today!

How’s everyone’s summer? Filled with beach time, grilling, and fresh fruit? I hope.

So, you guys.

I spent $5/lb. on cherries. My grandmother is probably rolling in her grave. (However, she’d be happy knowing I, at least, waited until they were on sale – regularly $7.99/lb.) Nonetheless, I said to the kids “you need to eat these cherries before they go bad. And you need to love them like you’ve never loved anything else in your entire life. Because I had to take out a second mortgage on the house to buy them.”

If I ever find seedless cherries, I might need to sell my car.

But worth it, because they’re so good! And since cherry season is over so fast, I don’t mind paying a little extra.

Israeli Couscous with Cherries and Apples - Find VeryCulinary.com's recipe on RachelCooks.com

This couscous with cherries and apples is quick and easy, with minimal prep, and a perfect use of sweet, juicy cherries. It’s balanced out with crunchy apples, toasted walnuts, and a mustard-y dressing that lets us hold onto summer for just a bit longer.

Israeli Couscous with Cherries and Apples - Find VeryCulinary.com's recipe on RachelCooks.com

Israeli Couscous with Cherries and Apple

You’ll love this Israeli couscous recipe with cherries and apples — a perfect blend of summer and fall!

Ingredients:

• 1 1/3 cups Israeli (Pearl) Couscous
• 1 3/4 cups vegetable stock
• 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
• 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
• 1 tablespoon spicy brown mustard
• 1 tablespoon honey
• 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
• 1/4 teaspoon salt, divided
• 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
• 1 1/2 cups sweet cherries, pitted and quartered
• 1 cup diced granny smith apple
• 1/2 cup coarsely chopped walnuts, toasted

 

Directions:

  1. In a medium pot, heat 1 tablespoon oil over medium heat. Add couscous and a dash salt; sauté until most of couscous is golden brown, about 3 minutes. Add the vegetable stock, increase heat, and bring to boil. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer until liquid is absorbed and couscous is tender, about 10 minutes, adding more broth by tablespoonfuls if too dry. Transfer to a large bowl to cool.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together the lemon juice, mustard, honey, pepper, and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Gradually add oil, stirring constantly. 
  3. Once couscous is cool, combine with the cherries, apples, and walnuts. Pour dressing over mixture; toss to coat. Divide among individual plates and serve.

 

Recipe by Amy of Very Culinary, largely adapted from Cooking Light

All images and text ©Rachel Cooks.

 

You'll love this Israeli couscous recipe with cherries and apples -- a perfect blend of summer and fall! Get the easy recipe on RachelCooks.com!