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Cherry Almond Moroccan Inspired Couscous

Cherry Almond Moroccan Inspired Couscous

Cherry Almond Moroccan Inspired Couscous | www.homeandplate.com | Paired with fresh baby spinach and crunchy almonds, cherries lend intense flavor to Israeli couscous.

Who said cherries are only for dessert? They are the perfect companion to couscous. Enjoy this Moroccan-inspired pearl couscous side dish at your next barbecue. 

This month the #Foodiemamas have chosen cherries as their featured ingredient. I love the tart taste of Washington cherries and could eat them all summer long. I knew exactly which recipe I planned on sharing with my readers featuring those cherries but I had no luck finding fresh in Ohio. Thank goodness dried cherries are available year-round. They became a perfect substitution.

Cherry Almond Moroccan Inspired Couscous | www.homeandplate.com | Paired with fresh baby spinach and crunchy almonds, cherries lend intense flavor to Israeli couscous.

Paired with fresh baby spinach and crunchy almonds, cherries lend intense flavor to Israeli couscous. Not much more is needed in this recipe than a little olive oil and balsamic vinegar.  While dried works great in this dish, when in season, I plan to use the real thing ... fresh, tart Washington cherries. I think I may have to wait for the weather to warm just a tad more.

I prepared the pearl couscous ahead of time with water and a splash of orange juice. I tossed in the dried cherries the last few minutes of cooking to plump them up. The result was delicious.

I'll be sure to get my cherries in dessert form from my talented #Foodiemamas friends. There are so many delicious beverages, pies and cakes and yum...oatmeal.  I'm not sure which recipe I'll try first. Be sure to click on the photos below for the full recipe links. 

Cherry Almond Moroccan Inspired Couscous | www.homeandplate.com | Paired with fresh baby spinach and crunchy almonds, cherries lend intense flavor to Israeli couscous.

Cherry Almond Moroccan Inspired Couscous

Serves 4. Total time: 30 minutes. Printable recipe

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup pearl or Israeli couscous
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 cup dried cherries
  • 1/2 cup baby spinach, chopped
  • 1/4 cup sliced almonds
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 tablespoon fig infused or white balsamic vinegar

Instructions: 

In a medium pot bring the water and orange juice to a boil. Add the couscous and olive oil. Cover and reduce the heat to low and allow the couscous to cook for about 8 minutes until almost cooked through. Stir in the cherries and continue cooking until couscous is tender, about 3 to 4 minutes longer. Remove the pot from the stove and allow it to cool completely.  

Add the spinach, almonds and couscous mixture to a boil. Add in the olive oil and balsamic vinegar and stir to coat. Serve immediately or refrigerate until ready to serve. 


Cherry Almond Moroccan Inspired Couscous | www.homeandplate.com | Paired with fresh baby spinach and crunchy almonds, cherries lend intense flavor to Israeli couscous.

Fabulous Cherry Recipes from the #Foodiemamas | www.homeandplate.com  

Fabulous Cherry Recipes from the #Foodiemamas

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