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Brussels Sprout and Sweet Potato Israeli Couscous Salad

Brussels Sprout and Sweet Potato Israeli Couscous Salad

Brussels Sprout and Sweet Potato Israeli Couscous Salad

With December in full swing, we’ve reached that time of the year where my schedule is packed to the brim. Between work, holiday get-togethers and trying to figure out gifts for all my family members, I am running around like a mad woman. Which means that simple, easy meals like this Brussels Sprout and Sweet Potato Israeli Couscous Salad are about all I can manage to get on the table come dinnertime.

And what’s even better? This dish can serve double duty. A healthy, interesting meal for your family or a great make-ahead dish for a gathering. Heck, you could even double the recipe and kill two birds with one stone. I’m all about anything that can save me time during the holidays.

Brussels Sprout and Sweet Potato Israeli Couscous Salad

Israeli (or pearl) couscous, which has a slightly nutty flavor and chewy texture, makes up the base for this salad. It comes in several different variations – like whole wheat, regular or even tri-colored – and any will work well here. One tip for cooking the couscous – keep on eye on it while it is simmering and give it a stir every now and then to prevent the mixture from foaming up and spilling onto your stove!

Roasted Brussels sprouts and sweet potato are added to the dish, along with some sweet dried cranberries, savory green onions and crunchy sliced almonds. You can play with the amount of add-ins to your taste – try adding additional cranberries for more sweetness or even using a different type of nut.

The whole dish is tied together with a simple maple syrup and apple cider vinaigrette. Be sure to pour the dressing onto the salad while it’s still warm, as this helps the mixture really absorb all that flavor.

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Brussels Sprout and Sweet Potato Israeli Couscous Salad

Brussels Sprout and Sweet Potato Israeli Couscous Salad

An easy, wintery Israeli couscous salad filled with roasted brussels sprouts, sweet potatoes and dried cranberries.

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 4 to 6 servings

Ingredients

For the salad:

  • 1 pound Brussels sprouts, trimmed and halved (quartered if large)
  • 1 medium sweet potato, peeled and cut into 1/2 inch chunks
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 1/2 cups Israeli (pearl) couscous
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced green onions
  • 2/3 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/3 cup sliced raw almonds

For the dressing:

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Instructions

For the salad:

  1. Preheat the oven to 425ΒΊF.
  2. Place the Brussels sprouts and sweet potato on a rimmed baking sheet. Drizzle with the olive oil and sprinkle with the salt and pepper. Toss to combine and spread in an even layer. Bake for about 20 to 22 minutes, stirring once halfway through, until the veggies are tender and starting to brown. Set aside.
  3. Meanwhile, bring the water to a boil in a medium saucepan. Add in the couscous, then let the mixture come back to a boil. Cover, reduce the heat and simmer for about 10 minutes, or until the couscous has absorbed the water. Remove from the heat and add to a large bowl.
  4. To the large bowl, add the roasted veggies, the green onions, cranberries and almonds. Toss to combine.

For the dressing:

  1. In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, maple syrup, vinegar, garlic, salt and pepper.
  2. Pour into the bowl with the couscous and toss to combine. Season with salt and pepper to taste if needed.

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27 Comments

  • Reply
    Emilie @ Emilie Eats
    December 14, 2015 at 9:54 am

    This looks so hearty!! Perfect to make for easy packed lunches. Can’t want to try it!

    • Reply
      Ashley Jennings
      December 15, 2015 at 7:15 am

      Thanks Emilie! Yes, definitely makes for great lunches!

  • Reply
    Lucy
    December 14, 2015 at 1:55 pm

    This is going on my weekly list! Love the combination here and anything with Brussels sprouts!

    • Reply
      Ashley Jennings
      December 15, 2015 at 7:14 am

      I feel the same way about brussels sprouts! πŸ™‚

  • Reply
    Alex
    December 14, 2015 at 8:48 pm

    This was my lunch last week except it was farro instead of the couscous and mustard with the dressing! It was delightful!

    • Reply
      Ashley Jennings
      December 15, 2015 at 7:14 am

      I love farro! That sounds delicious!

  • Reply
    Jena
    December 16, 2015 at 7:19 am

    A perfect filling wintry salad…even though I’m eating it in the sunny Middle East!

    • Reply
      Ashley Jennings
      December 17, 2015 at 7:31 am

      Thanks Jena!! πŸ™‚

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    C. Marie
    December 20, 2015 at 3:10 pm

    I love the ingredients in this hearty, winter salad. I’m always glad to come across recipes with Brussels sproutsβ€”I discovered their deliciousness several years ago, and now, I can’t get enough of them!

    • Reply
      Ashley Jennings
      December 21, 2015 at 6:33 am

      Thank you!! I’m with you – I wouldn’t even try brussels sprouts for the longest time and now they are one of my absolute favorites!

  • Reply
    Azu
    December 30, 2015 at 6:17 pm

    This salad looks delicious! Love the fall colors, will have to try it.

    • Reply
      Ashley Jennings
      January 6, 2016 at 7:00 am

      Thank you!!

  • Reply
    Luci
    January 6, 2016 at 2:54 pm

    This looks so immense – thank you!! I’ve got half a pack of pearl cous cous languishing in the back of a cupboard that I didn’t know what to do with, but this recipe looks perfect. It even has sprouts AND sweet potatoes in! Two favourite foods in my household ^_^

    • Reply
      Ashley Jennings
      February 1, 2016 at 12:58 pm

      Definitely two favorites at our house too!!

  • Reply
    Luci
    January 22, 2016 at 1:14 pm

    Making this tonight, can’t wait! Brussel sprouts in a warm salad – never done it before so super stoked πŸ˜€

    • Reply
      Ashley Jennings
      February 1, 2016 at 12:55 pm

      Hope you enjoyed Luci!!

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    Karen
    April 4, 2016 at 12:07 am

    I just made this tonight, it was super delicious! Perfect flavor profile of savory and sweet, and great textures. I made a double batch which was enough for a big dinner for 2, and packed 6 lunches for the week! I’m looking forward to trying more of your recipes πŸ™‚ Thanks for sharing!

    • Reply
      Ashley Jennings
      April 6, 2016 at 12:10 pm

      I’m so happy to hear it Karen!! Thanks so much for letting us know! πŸ™‚

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    Joanna Cendrowski
    September 13, 2016 at 8:47 pm

    This was incredible. I just made it, but doubled everything EXCEPT the couscous and cranberries (I wanted more veggies so we could have left overs for a few days of lunch, but not more carbs or sweetness). My husband had three helpings, so much for left overs… HAHAHA!

    • Reply
      Ashley Jennings
      September 22, 2016 at 7:15 pm

      I’m so so happy to hear this!! Thanks for letting us know! And too funny about the leftovers! That made me chuckle!

  • Reply
    Jenny
    January 12, 2017 at 12:10 pm

    Do you prefer to serve this salad warm or cold? I’m hoping to use it for a potluck.

    • Reply
      Ashley Jennings
      January 13, 2017 at 11:31 am

      Hey Jenny – both are great! I usually eat a serving warm whenever I make it and then enjoy the rest cold or at room temp for lunches.

  • Reply
    ML
    January 30, 2017 at 8:21 am

    Looks delicious! Do you have any nutritional info and serving size? Thanks!!

  • Reply
    laine
    May 7, 2017 at 12:06 pm

    The garlic in the dressing is SUCH a delightful surprise when all combined!! LOVED!

    • Reply
      Ashley Jennings
      May 19, 2017 at 1:17 pm

      So happy to hear it! Thanks for letting me know!

  • Reply
    LP
    September 1, 2017 at 8:43 pm

    Is there a substitute for apple cider vinegar? I am cooking for someone that really doesn’t like vinegar of any sort. Thanks!

  • Reply
    Dani
    March 2, 2018 at 12:17 pm

    I found this recipe months ago but only tried it for the first time last night. It’s great. We reduced the olive oil for the oven roast to 2 tbsp and cut the dressing by 1/3 to reduce the calories a bit. Still amazing. Just finished the leftovers for lunch. We will be making this plenty! Thanks πŸ™‚

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