First time to cook Israeli couscous, the salad was outstanding. The shape of Israeli couscous is more like a pearl parley, and during the simmering, it absorbed all the tasty flavor from the broth. Apples, cranberries and almonds were great together with couscous, then tossed with a light maple vinaigrette. Layers of textures and yummy flavors. We made it for our dinner last night, it was a comfort yet flavorful meal.