Couscous with Pine nuts, Mozzarella and Vegetables. Israeli Cuisine.

Basic principle of a couscous is fry it first then add traditionally some nuts, veges, greens and cheese (usually feta, but i am adding tiny mozzarella balls).

This selections of ingredients is of my choice, you can substitute ingredients according to your liking.


Pearl couscous- 250 g.

Water boiled- 2 cups.

Onion brown- 1 chopped

Parsley- handful chopped.

Smoked paprika-1/2 teaspoon.

Cherry tomatoes- 1 pack halved.

Lebanese cucumber- 1/2 chopped.

Spinach- 100 g

Mozzarella – 100-150g.

Pine nuts- 100g.

Olive oil.

Salt, pepper.


Roast pine nuts till golden, set aside.

To the same pan add oil, onion and fry till golden add couscous and keep cooking till browned, add parsley and paprika, stir for a minuet. Add 2 cups of boiled water cover, reduce the heat and cook till water evaporated.


Meantime combine tomatoes, cucumber, spinach,,mozzarella and cooled pine nuts. Season with salt and pepper add some live oil.

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When the couscous is ready i like to add it straight to the veges/cheese/nuts mixture while it’s hot, and stir thoroughly. By doing this cheese will slightly melt and spinach will wilt, and the flavors are amazing.

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You can have it on it’s on, but i am serving it with Chicken with Apricots and Whole Baked Cauliflower all Israeli Dishes.


  1. barbbytes March 30, 2016 at 4:10 pm

    This is rather like a cooked tabouli. It sounds lucious, so I am bookmarking it under “Next Dinner Party’. Thank you for combining all my favorites in one dish. ; )


    1. Alina March 30, 2016 at 4:13 pm

      It does look similar, thanks 🙂

  2. J LeClair March 9, 2016 at 4:22 am

    Looks amazing! I like the idea of adding cheese when the dish is still warm. Thanks for stopping by my blog. Looking forward to more of your recipes, Jessy

    1. Alina March 9, 2016 at 5:14 am

      Thank you very much!

  3. Brandy March 9, 2016 at 12:18 am

    Thanks for the “like”! Your recipes look AMAZING!

    1. Alina March 9, 2016 at 2:27 am


  4. lynne hoareau March 3, 2016 at 6:26 am

    This really sounds so good ! something I definitely would love to try. 🙂

    1. Alina March 3, 2016 at 9:11 am

      Please do, Lynne.:)

  5. Javy Dreamer March 2, 2016 at 10:03 pm

    Reblogged this on Recipe Dreams.

  6. Tasty Eats Ronit Penso March 2, 2016 at 9:01 pm

    Coming from Israel, I can say you’ve really captured the ingredients and flavors of Israeli cuisine here. Beautiful! 🙂

    1. Alina March 2, 2016 at 11:33 pm

      Thank you very much, i do have Jewish roots though. 😉

      1. Alina March 3, 2016 at 2:46 am


  7. silviamagda March 2, 2016 at 5:32 pm

    It’s amazing to improvise in the kitchen, no? To invent new recipes. This recipe looks great, I like everything you used.

    1. Alina March 2, 2016 at 11:35 pm

      Improvisation is very important, they are so many ingredients to play with, one should always improvise.:)


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