Turkey with Two Salads
Look for Israeli couscous (sometimes called pearl couscous), a big brother to the regular variety, near the rice and grains. The flavors are similar, but this one's texture is even more pleasing.
Everyday Food, January/February 2007
- Prep Time 15 minutes
- Total Time 40 minutes
- Serves 4
- 6 teaspoons olive oil
- 1 package (10 ounces) white mushrooms, trimmed and thinly sliced
- Coarse salt and ground pepper
- 1 medium yellow onion, finely chopped
- 1 cup Israeli couscous
- 2/3 cup dried cranberries or cherries
- 1/4 cup fresh lime juice (from about 2 limes)
- 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
- 3 packed cups loose spinach (about 5 ounces), trimmed, well washed and dried
- 1 pound cooked turkey, thinly sliced, room temperature
- In a large nonstick skillet with a lid, heat 1 teaspoon oil over medium-high. Add mushrooms, and season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, until mushrooms are browned and have released their liquid, 6 to 8 minutes. Transfer to a bowl; set aside.
- Reduce heat to medium-low. In same skillet, heat 1 teaspoon oil. Add onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until translucent, 3 to 5 minutes. Stir in couscous, 1 1/4 cups water, and 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt; bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer, cover, and cook until couscous is tender, 8 to 10 minutes (liquid should be completely absorbed). Stir in dried cranberries.
- Meanwhile, make vinaigrette: In a large bowl, whisk together remaining 4 teaspoons oil, lime juice, and mustard; season with salt and pepper. Pour half the vinaigrette into another large bowl. To first bowl, add couscous mixture and mushrooms (along with any accumulated juice), and to the other, spinach. Toss contents of each bowl until well combined.
- Divide spinach among 4 serving plates; top with turkey slices, and serve with couscous.
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