Impressive yet simple, this bright apple couscous pasta salad is at home on a holiday buffet or weeknight supper table.

Apple Couscous Salad

Impressive yet simple, this bright pasta salad is at home on a holiday buffet or weeknight supper table. Pomegranate seeds are in peak supply from fall to early winter, with increasing availability year-round. Compatible with many entrées, this salad is one you'll call on often.

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons plus ¹⁄3 cup olive oil, divided
  • 2 cups Israeli couscous
  • 4 cups water
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 1 shallot, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice, divided
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 2 apples, cored and thinly sliced
  • ½ cup chopped pecans, toasted
  • ¼ cup pomegranate seeds
  • 1½ cups fresh arugula

Directions

In a 2-quart saucepan, heat 2 tablespoons olive oil over medium heat. Add couscous and sauté, stirring constantly for 2 to 3 minutes or until well coated and aromatic. Add water. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer for 10 to 12 minutes or until tender. Drain and cool.

Meanwhile, for vinaigrette, in a small bowl, whisk together honey, shallot, cider vinegar and 1 tablespoon lemon juice. Gradually add 1/3 cup olive oil while whisking vigorously. Continue whisking until the ingredients have emulsified and thickened. Season to taste. Set aside.

In a large bowl, toss together couscous, apples, pecans and pomegranate seeds. Add vinaigrette; toss well. Just before serving, toss in arugula.