How to Make a Simple Ptitim (Israeli Couscous) Salad

Ptitim, aka Israeli couscous or Ben-Gurion’s rice, are little pasta balls. Traditionally served to children in Israel, it’s become a trendy side in the US, probably because it is extremely versatile.

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How to Make a Simple Ptitim (Israeli Couscous) Salad Recipe
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Gather your ingredients. My local co-op sells ptitim/Israeli couscous in the bulk section. Other markets might carry the brand name Osem.

Gather your ingredients. My local co-op sells ptitim/Israeli couscous in the bulk section. Other markets might carry the brand name Osem.

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Toast the pine nuts.

Toast the pine nuts.

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Add a tablespoon of extra virgin olive to a pot with medium-high heat.

Add a tablespoon of extra virgin olive to a pot with medium-high heat.

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Add 1 cup of ptitim.

Add 1 cup of ptitim.

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Stir frequently, until the ptitim becomes brown and smells fragrant.

Stir frequently, until the ptitim becomes brown and smells fragrant.

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It will begin to turn darker when it becomes toasted.

It will begin to turn darker when it becomes toasted.

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Add 2 cups of water and a couple pitches of salt. Bring the water to a boil.

Add 2 cups of water and a couple pitches of salt. Bring the water to a boil.

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Cover, and reduce the heat to a summer. Let summer for 15 minutes.

Cover, and reduce the heat to a summer. Let summer for 15 minutes.

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Dice the onion.

Dice the onion.

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Sauté with a little bit if olive oil, until soft.

Sauté with a little bit if olive oil, until soft.

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Chop the chives and the parsley.

Chop the chives and the parsley.

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Chop the toasted red peppers into small pieces.

Chop the toasted red peppers into small pieces.

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In a small bowel combine the chives, parsley, 1 tablespoon of olive oil, 1 tablespoon of white wine vinegar, 3 tablespoons of lemon juice, 1 teaspoon of cumin and 1 teaspoon of chili powder.

In a small bowel combine the chives, parsley, 1 tablespoon of olive oil, 1 tablespoon of white wine vinegar, 3 tablespoons of lemon juice, 1 teaspoon of cumin and 1 teaspoon of chili powder.

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In a large bowl, combine the ptitim, roasted red peppers, sautéed onion, pine nuts and herb vinaigrette.

In a large bowl, combine the ptitim, roasted red peppers, sautéed onion, pine nuts and herb vinaigrette.

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Stir well to combine.

Stir well to combine.

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Enjoy!

Enjoy!

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