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Maftul Salad


Light, fluffy, and delicious! This delectable salad recipe is highly nutritious and satisfying, and makes a perfect dish for a buffet or potluck. Can be served cold or at room temperature.


Ingredients: (Serves 8 to 10 people)

  • 1 pound (500 g)/2 packs Canaan Maftoul (couscous)
  • 1/4 cup of Canaan Nabali or Rumi Organic Olive Oil
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 bunch green onions (scallions), chopped
  • 1 bunch parsley, finely chopped
  • 2 pieces fresh red cayenne or chili peppers, sliced thin
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 1 teaspoon of black pepper, freshly ground
  • 1-teaspoon of Canaan Za'atar spice mix, Herbes de Provençe or favorite spice mix


  • Prepare the Maftoul and set aside on a tray to cool. For one pound of Maftoul, bring 4 cups of water and one tablespoon of salt to a boil, toast 1 pound Maftoul in 2 tablespoons of olive oil for 4 minutes on medium-high heat, then add toasted Maftoul to hot water and let simmer for 12 minutes. Fluff with a fork and spread on tray to cool.
  • Meanwhile, add a cup of water to a cup of raisins and simmer in a pan for 10 minutes. Then let cool and drain. SauteĢ onions in 1 teaspoon of olive oil, and let cool. Combine green onion, parsley, and hot peppers in a bowl.
  • Mix Maftoul salad: In the bowl of cooked Maftoul, add raisins, both kinds of onions, parsley, hot red pepper, 1/4 cup of olive oil, lemon juice, pepper and spice mix. Mix together and serve in small salad bowls.
  • Note: any hot red or green pepper will work, OR substitute Canaan Fair Trade chili olive oil for some of the oil, and use chopped sweet red peppers for the color.