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Cran-Orange Couscous Salad

I often create salads for summer using a variety of healthy, filling grains. This version with tender couscous is amped up by the bright flavors of oranges, cranberries, basil and a touch of fennel. —Kristen Heigl, Staten Island, New York
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. Cook: 15 min.
  • Makes
    12 servings


  • 3 cups uncooked pearl (Israeli) couscous
  • 2 cans (14 ounces each ) garbanzo beans or chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 2 large navel oranges, peeled and chopped
  • 2 cups fresh baby spinach
  • 1 cup crumbled goat cheese
  • 1 small red onion, chopped
  • 3/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup fennel bulb, thinly sliced, fronds reserved
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans, toasted
  • 8 fresh basil leaves, chopped, plus more for garnish
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon grated orange zest
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper


  • Prepare couscous according to package directions. Fluff with a fork; cool. In a bowl, combine couscous and the next 9 ingredients. In a small bowl, whisk together vinaigrette ingredients until blended. Pour over salad; toss to coat. Garnish with additional chopped basil and reserved fennel fronds.
Nutrition Facts
3/4 cup: 403 calories, 16g fat (3g saturated fat), 12mg cholesterol, 335mg sodium, 57g carbohydrate (15g sugars, 5g fiber), 10g protein.

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  • michelle
    May 15, 2019

    I wonder how many people realize couscous is NOT a grain, but pasta, which is not exactly healthful and very low in fiber. Made from just white flour and water. Try quinoa or barley instead to bump up the fiber and nutrition..

  • MtnGrandmaJan
    Jun 14, 2018

    I didn't have couscous on hand so I substituted tri-color quinoa. It was a great salad! I also didn't need 12 servings, but the recipe was easy to divide in half. It still makes a generous amount.

  • dublinlab
    Jun 14, 2018

    I made this yesterday to serve with bbq'd steak and grilled asparagus. It was very tasty. I served the nuts on the side so they would stay crisp. I made 1/2 a recipe and there was easily enough for 8. The one thing was the Ingred. were very expensive but it made a quality dish. I would recommend this salad. Janet. VFE

  • rock111
    Jun 9, 2018

    I rate it 5 stars but can't get them to show. So easy to "make your own" version and simply combine the amount needed for 2 generous servings! I eliminated the fennel, used Harvest Grains from Trader Joe's instead of pearl couscous, and canned Mandarin orange segments in lieu of fresh. Big hit! Great salad and filling with the grains, nice combo. LOVE the dressing, so flavorful, will use it with other salads also. Might try topping with grilled chicken strips or shrimp for a whole meal.