Notes: Israeli couscous, sometimes called "pearl couscous" or "toasted pea pasta," is a small, ball-shaped pasta available in some supermarkets and natural-food stores and in Middle Eastern markets. If you can't find it, use orzo pasta instead. Preserved lemons are available in some well-stocked supermarkets and in stores that sell Middle Eastern ingredients. You can make this salad up to 4 hours ahead; cover and chill.
1 pound Israeli couscous or orzo pasta (see notes)
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 head (about 8 oz.) radicchio, rinsed, cored, and thinly sliced
1/2 cup chopped shelled roasted pistachios
1/2 cup chopped parsley
1/4 cup minced preserved lemon
Salt and pepper
In a 5- to 6-quart pan over high heat, bring about 4 quarts water to a boil. Add couscous and cook just until tender to bite, about 6 minutes (10 for orzo). Drain and rinse under cold running water until cool.
Meanwhile, in a large bowl, mix vinegar and olive oil. Add couscous, radicchio, pistachios, parsley, and preserved lemon. Mix gently to coat, adding salt and pepper to taste.
Servings Makes 8 to 10 servings
Amount Per Serving
Calories250Calories from Fat 27
% Daily Value *
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.