Radish Cous Cous

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Author Notes: This recipe is my attempt to marry lovely spring vegetables with a side dish more interesting than plain vegetable + starch. I think it works well next to chicken or fish, but it also makes a winning lunch all on its own. Cristina Sciarra

Food52 Review: Lovely, fresh, delicious, and quick. The dark arugula, edamame, and spring greens mix prettily on my white salad plate beside the magenta radishes, and glistening little pearls of cous cous. Each bite has bounce, crunch, and creaminess, and is mixed with flavors that nicely balance between savory, sweet, bitter, spicy, and cucumber cool. The addition of avocado oil adds a pleasant depth to the dressing without tilting its volume a bit. This salad can be made in less than 30 minutes, and would be perfect for a light weeknight dinner – perhaps paired with a slightly chilled glass of French rosé.Jennifer Ann

Makes 4 starter portions

  • 1 cup pearl (Israeli) cous cous
  • 2 cups chicken stock (homemade if you have it)
  • 1/2 a ripe avocado
  • Juice of 1/2 a lemon
  • 5 tablespoons avocado oil
  • Sea salt and black pepper
  • 1/2 cup edamame
  • 1 small bunch radishes
  • 1 kirby cucumber
  • 1 small serrano chili
  • 3 scallions
  • 2 handfuls arugula
  1. If you can make the cous cous a little ahead, great, because you don't want it to be super hot when you toss it with the salad. (Otherwise, do what I did and throw it into the fridge for 20 minutes.) I like to cook the cous cous with chicken stock, instead of water. Add a little salt and pepper.
  2. Make the dressing: Spoon the avocado into a small bowl. Using a fork, give it a good smooshing, until the avocado is mashed. Add the lemon juice, and a little salt and pepper. Pour the oil in a thin stream, whisking as you go, until the dressing is creamy. Taste to make sure the salt and pepper ratio is working.
  3. Wash and cut the ends off the radishes. For this salad, I like to cut the radishes into kind of chunky pieces, so you really taste it when you take a bite. Wash the cucumber, and cut it similarly.
  4. The chili and the scallions should be cut more thinly than the radish and cucumber. Wash the chili and cut it in half lengthwise. Se-seed it, and then cut each half crosswise. Wash the scallions, and cut the white parts crosswise.
  5. Toss the cous cous, the edamame, the radishes, the cucumber, the chili, the scallions and the arugula together in a large bowl. Add the dressing, and toss until everything is evenly coated.

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2 months ago Anabel

This salad is so good! Thanks for the great recipe.


2 months ago Daryl G

I have made this a few hours before serving. I just add the dressing at the last minute. The lemon juice seems to keep the avocado from turning brown for a short time.


2 months ago Anabel



2 months ago Anabel

Would it be possible to make this ahead of time to take to work as lunch? Do you think the avocado dressing would get brown and weird? Thanks!


3 months ago Lisako

I finally got around to making this, topped with shrimp for dinner, and it was awesome! I did tweak a little bit, but the results were outstanding. I used whole wheat cous cous, which gave the salad a delicious nutty quality. I used a little less avocado oil for the dressing, and thinned it out with a splash of water-- it came out perfectly. Finally, I was disappointed to see the serrano pepper I had in my fridge had shriveled, so I compensated by adding a heavy amount of red pepper flake to the shrimp on top. I threw in some farmer's market snow peas at the last minute, which gave a great crunch. Fantastic meal that I'll make over and over!


3 months ago WildRiceLLC

This salad is delicious. It was a wonderful way to use up the beautiful icicle radishes I had. The dressing is very good on its own as well. I didn't have the avocado oil on hand so I used 3 tablespoons of EVOO and 2 tablespoons of water and it came out just fine.


4 months ago Lisako

Cristina, do you think I could use spinach instead of arugula? I have everything else in the fridge and want to serve this with shrimp or halibut tonight. Maybe just add extra black pepper?


about 1 year ago girlwithaknife

A *lovely* last taste of spring. I made the avocado dressing in my food processor - took 5 seconds. Literally. Glad I got the Israeli couscous - lovely al dente texture, just enough heft added to the salad to make it a meal. We added sliced boiled egg left over from another salad - even better!


about 1 year ago Cristina Sciarra

Sounds great!


over 2 years ago QueenSashy

QueenSashy is a trusted home cook.

what a wonderful spring welcome. instant save


over 2 years ago Cristina Sciarra

Thanks, QueenSashy!


almost 3 years ago Daryl G

I received my CSA box and was overrun with radishes. Found this recipe and I loved it. The flavors were outstanding together. Will definitely make this again.


over 2 years ago Cristina Sciarra

I'm so glad you liked it, Daryl!


about 3 years ago Jennifer Ann

I made this salad for a special luncheon, and everyone loved it! It will definitely see a lot of 'plate time' in my house this summer. Thanks for such a great recipe.


about 3 years ago Cristina Sciarra

I'm so glad you like it! As a side note, my sister is also named Jennifer Ann (without an "e")!