Dried Cherry Couscous Salad

Total Time
Prep 20 mins
Cook 5 mins

Unique picnic side dish. I've made this several times when bringing a side dish to summer barbecues. Every time, there's at least one person that asks me for the recipe. The original recipe also calls for 1 cup chopped onions, but I leave this out.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Bring broth or water to a boil in a medium saucepan; stir in couscous.
  2. Cover and remove from heat.
  3. Let stand for 5 minutes.
  4. Uncover and stir with a fork until all grains are fluffy.
  5. Let cool for 10 minutes.
  6. In a large bowl, combine cooked couscous, dried cherries, carrots, and cucumber.
  7. In a small bowl, combine vinegar, olive oil, and mustard, mix well.
  8. Pour over couscous mixture and toss to coat.
  9. Season with salt and pepper if desired.
  10. Garnish with toasted almonds.
  11. Serve chilled or at room temperature.
Most Helpful

delicious!! Thank you for posting!! I skipped the nuts but added green onions. <br/>Thank you again.

katie in the UP May 27, 2013

Nice salad. I halved the recipe and chose to grate the carrots and omitted the nuts. Made for Everyday Holiday Tag game. :)

Lori Mama July 27, 2010

Great tasting salad, this! I was going to cut back on the amount I made, but then used the water instead of the chicken broth & gifted half of it to my vegetarian son & DIL, & they were thrilled with it! The only small things I did differently was to [1]shred the carrot & [2]use lemon pepper instead of the usual S&P! Another time I MIGHT include half a cup of diced sweet onion, but that doesn't change the fact that the salad, as you have it is very nice! Thanks for a great keeper recipe! [Tagged & made in Please Review My Recipe]

Sydney Mike July 19, 2010