Tu B’Shevat Couscous Salad


Tu B’Shevat, the new year for the trees is here. It is traditional to eat tree fruits and also the seven species listed in the Torah: Dates, Figs, Barley, Wheat, Grapes, Pomegranates and Olives.  This makes me very happy since, as you probably have realized by now, I LOVE dates and figs.

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Grapes, pomegranates and olives are not too far behind, so this is heaven…

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I found this salad, on the Joy of Kosher website – Shivat HaMinim Salad.  It was great.  Even down to the Grape Nuts to add a much-needed crunch.

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My husband, who usually does not like fruit in his dinner, really enjoyed this salad – that says a lot. Surprisingly, it was not sweet, it tasted “rich.”

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So, enjoy all seven species in one salad and have a joyous kick-off to the new year for the trees.

Tu B’Shevat Couscous Salad

Shivat HaMinim Salad by Jamie Geller on Joy of Cooking

3 cups cooked Israeli couscous, referrably whole wheat

1/4 cup dried figs, chopped 

1/4 cup pitted dates, sliced in rings or chopped

1/4 cup seedless grapes, halved

1/4 cup pomegranate seeds

1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil

2 tablespoons honey

2 tablespoons red wine vinegar

1 tablespoon country Dijon mustard

1/4 cup wheat and barley nuggets cereal (such as Grape-Nuts)

2 tablespoons parsley leaves, chopped

Directions

Combine barley, figs, dates, grapes and pomegranate seeds in a large bowl.

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Place oil, honey, vinegar and mustard in a small bowl and whisk to combine. Pour dressing over barley salad and toss to coat well.

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Just before serving add cereal and toss to evenly distribute. Garnish with parsely leaves and enjoy!

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Serves 4 – 6

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