Couscous Salad with Dried Cranberries and Pecans

Total Time
Prep 15 mins
Cook 7 mins

I love couscous salads, you could almost say I collect them!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Toast the pecans in a shallow pan in a preheated 350-degree oven until very fragrant, about 7 minutes.
  2. Set aside to cool.
  3. Place the couscous, cranberries, and turmeric in a large bowl.
  4. Pour in the boiling water, stir, then cover the bowl with a large plate or foil.
  5. Let sit for 10 minutes.
  6. Remove the cover, then fluff the couscous with a fork.
  7. Cover again and let sit 5 more minutes.
  8. Stir in the pecans, peas, scallions, cucumbers, and basil.
  9. Combine the dressing ingredients in a jar with a tight-fitting lid and shake vigorously.
  10. Pour over the couscous.
Most Helpful

We loved the recipe. We eat a lot of couscous and this was a nice change. We really enjoyed the cranberry part the best. It also had nice colors. This salad also tastes great leftover because the flavors blended together.

Caryn Gale December 10, 2002

This was an easy recipe to prepare, but it made MUCH more than I thought it would. Anyway, it's wonderful--almost a meal. I will definately make this again. Harriet

Harriet Ohlstein November 01, 2002

I really enjoyed this, which I had anticipated. DH was not impressed, but given that it took a long time to teach him to eat anything besides meat and potatoes, I can live with that. My youngest DD didn't like it at all, but she's a picky eater anyway. I decided to split my rating between my opinion and give them a little credit...but very little mind you. I plan to include this for dinner Monday evening when my parents come. I anticipate they will be much more receptive to something out of their 'norm'. It has a distinctive flavor all its own. Being more accustomed to more or less neutral couscous, it took me a few bites to adjust to the sensory perception. I will make this again in the future, but in a much smaller quantity for just myself. It will be great for a light lunch this coming week when everyone else is off to work and school as I rarely cook for 'just me'. Thank you for sharing this recipe Mirj!!!

Cindy Lynn October 12, 2002