Fig and Gorgonzola Israeli Couscous Salad


The classic flavor combo of figs and Gorgonzola cheese comes together in a delicious couscous salad. Make sure to use a good quality balsamic vinegar, as it makes all the difference here!

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
45 mins
4 servings


  • 1 ½ cups water

  • 1 cup pearl (Israeli) couscous

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • ½ cup chopped onion

  • 3 cloves garlic, minced

  • 7 ounces dried figs, stems removed and finely chopped

  • cup aged balsamic vinegar

  • 1 tablespoon honey

  • salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

  • 4 ounces crumbled Gorgonzola cheese

  • ¾ cup chopped toasted walnuts

  • 4 cups fresh baby spinach, rinsed and dried


  1. Pour water into a pot and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Stir in couscous, cover, reduce heat to low, and simmer until couscous is cooked and water is fully absorbed, 8 to 10 minutes. Transfer couscous to a large bowl and set aside.

  2. Meanwhile, heat olive oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Add onion and cook until slightly caramelized, 8 to 10 minutes. Stir in garlic and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add dried figs and cook until slightly softened, about 5 minutes. Mix in balsamic vinegar, honey, salt, and black pepper, and cook until mixture thickens slightly, 4 to 5 minutes. Pour fig mixture over cooked couscous and stir to combine. Adjust salt and pepper to taste. Add 2 tablespoons of crumbled Gorgonzola and the toasted walnuts to the couscous; toss to combine.

  3. Divide spinach between four serving dishes. Top each with equal amounts of fig and couscous mixture. Top each salad with additional Gorgonzola crumbles, if desired. Serve immediately.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

622 Calories
30g Fat
76g Carbs
17g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 622
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 30g 39%
Saturated Fat 8g 38%
Cholesterol 30mg 10%
Sodium 361mg 16%
Total Carbohydrate 76g 28%
Dietary Fiber 11g 38%
Total Sugars 35g
Protein 17g
Vitamin C 11mg 57%
Calcium 300mg 23%
Iron 3mg 18%
Potassium 740mg 16%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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