roughing it – couscous and spinach salad June 6, 2007


Here stands a photo of my last meal. Well, that’s not entirely true. It’s the last thing i cooked before i started my fast this week. In addition to not eating (it’s only for two days…but…two days!?!), Typepad hasn’t been letting me work on the blog here…so things have been a little rough around running with tweezers.

Trying to think back on this salad (it’s been days…and days with no food…memory…a…little…hazy…), I came across this recipe browsing through this month’s Everyday Food. Say what you want about Miss Martha, this is a cute read with lots of easy recipes. Not having had couscous in a while, this salad stuck out. It couldn’t have been easier to throw together. From start to finish, assembly took about 10 minutes. The most taxing thing about it was picking the basil leaves off my plants. For a little extra healthy spin, I used whole wheat couscous. When seasoning the couscous, I also threw in some garlic and red chili flakes for some extra oomph. Don’t skimp on the seasonings, whichever ones you choose – it soaks up a lot of flavors.


Couscous Salad with Baby Spinach and Pistachios – serves 2 – originally found in the June 2007 Everyday Food

  • coarse salt and pepper
  • 1/2 cup couscous
  • 2 tablespoons white-wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 scallions, green part only, thinly sliced (optional)
  • 2 cups baby spinach
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil leaves, torn
  • 1/4 cup shelled pistachios

– In a small saucepan with a lid, bring 3/4 cup of water to a boil;
season to taste with salt and pepper. Turn off heat; stir in couscous.
Cover, and let stand until liquid is absorbed, about 5 minutes

– Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, combine vinegar and oil; season with
salt and pepper. Add couscous and, if using, scallions; toss to
combine. Refrigerate couscous in one airtight container, spinach and
basil in another, up to overnight. Store nuts at room temperature. Just
before serving, toss all ingredients together.


Mandy Jun 7, 2007 05:06 am

I am so happy to see something from Everyday Food in your blog! I love this publication and everything about it – the design, the size, not to mention that I end up trying at least 4 or 5 recipes out of every issue. So many of these have become permanent additions to my favorite “from memory” recipes (chocolate-ginger pudding, teriyaki wings, and the kirby and dill salad from this same issue you mentioned).
I must’ve missed this one though. Can’t wait to try it!

Chris Jun 8, 2007 03:06 pm

Looks great! Looks like it should be in the case at Harry’s! I would buy some…:)
I am a fan of Everyday Food as well. The recipes are definitely doable.

peabody Jun 20, 2007 12:06 am

Oh my, I don’t think I could fast!
The salad looks wonderful, I love coucous!

Tori Jun 26, 2007 11:06 am

Fasting – you are a brave girl. But, you might want to put the tweezers down for the duration.
This salad looks yummy! I have always had good luck with the recipes that Martha’s staff comes up with.

Merisi's Vienna Jul 1, 2007 05:07 am

I hope you are doing well with your fast!
Your “last salad” looks delicious. Like you, I prefer to use whole wheat couscous, I like to add lemon juice instead of vinegar.