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Summer Couscous Salad with Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette

Who wants to be stuck inside cooking when you could be outside soaking in some sun? Today’s easy Summer Couscous Salad has the best of summer’s produce, including nectarines/peaches, tomatoes, sweet corn, cucumbers, dried cherries, plus chewy pearled couscous and chickpeas for protein. It’s the perfect recipe for those days when you’ve just hit up the farmer’s market and you subsequently find yourself with enough fresh vegetables and fruits to feed a small army.

The dressing is a simple 5-minute vinaigrette with lots of cilantro, freshly squeezed lime juice, extra virgin olive oil, apple cider vinegar, garlic, and a little maple syrup to balance out the tartness and acidity. Toss everything in your blender, give it a whirl, and you’re good to go! For me, having a dressing I’m excited to eat makes all the difference in my salad consumption.

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Aaron and I have been enjoying this recipe for lighter lunches and dinners, but of course it would make a great, nutritionally-balanced side dish as well. I’m thinking summer picnics, as a plant-forward option for friends’ BBQs…it’s a salad that’s as delicious as it is beautiful and definitely customizable to whatever summer produce is looking good at the market near you!

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Summer Couscous Salad with Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette

Vegan,

Serves: 6-8


Prep Time: 15 mins

Cook Time: 5 mins

Total Time: 20 mins

This fresh summer couscous salad has all of your favorite produce, including nectarines, tomatoes, sweet corn, and cucumbers, plus chickpeas for protein. It's tossed in a refreshing 5-minute cilantro lime vinaigrette—perfect for easy dinners, lunches, and summer picnics!

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Summer Couscous Salad with Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette

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Ingredients

For the vinaigrette:

  • 1 small bunch cilantro
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons pure maple syrup
  • 1 garlic clove
  • sea salt & pepper, to taste

For the salad:

  • 1 cup uncooked Israeli pearled couscous
  • 1 (15 ounce) can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1 medium nectarine (or peach), chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups cherry tomatoes, sliced in half
  • 3/4 cup fresh sweet corn kernels (cut off the cob)
  • 1 medium cucumber, chopped
  • 1/2 cup dried sour cherries
  • 1/3 cup diced red onion

Cuisine: Vegan Servings: 6-8

Prep Time: 15 mins Cook Time: 5 mins Total Time: 20 mins

This fresh summer couscous salad has all of your favorite produce, including nectarines, tomatoes, sweet corn, and cucumbers, plus chickpeas for protein. It's tossed in a refreshing 5-minute cilantro lime vinaigrette—perfect for easy dinners, lunches, and summer picnics!

Instructions

  • Make the dressing: Add the cilantro, olive oil, lime juice, vinegar, maple syrup, and garlic to a blender. Blend on high speed until smooth (about 30-60 seconds). Season with salt and pepper to taste. Transfer to a large mixing bowl and set aside to let the flavors combine.
  • Cook the couscous according to the package directions (it should be al dente). Drain and rinse under cold water to cool it.
  • Assemble the salad: To the large mixing bowl, add the couscous and toss to evenly coat in the dressing. Add the chickpeas, nectarine (or peach), cherry tomatoes, corn, cucumber, dried cherries, and red onion. Toss to combine and season with salt and pepper to taste.

Notes [2]

Store leftovers in a covered container in the fridge. They’ll keep for 1-2 days, although the couscous will get softer as it absorbs the dressing.

To make this salad in advance, make the dressing and prep all of the salad ingredients separately, then toss together just before serving.

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  1. Joan says

    This is like summer in a bowl! It’s been too hot to cook so I’ve been eating cereal on repeat. This is a much healthier option. lol I love that it’s so simple and FAST! Your new blog design is stunning, btw. I’m sharing it with everyone I know. 🙂

  2. Wow this looks so good, thank you for such a great, quick and easy recipe. I will definitely be making this one soon.

  3. Terri says

    Wow this looks good! Thank you for sharing with us.

  4. Sue says

    This salad is delicious!! I used farro instead of couscous and didn’t have the sour cherries (so I eliminated the maple). Thank you so much for the recipe. It is a new family favorite.

    1. Amanda says

      I’m so glad you enjoyed the salad, Sue! I bet farro was delicious. I need to try that sometime!

    2. Lori says

      I was going to make this tonight and only have carrots as well!! Still delicious?

  5. myriam says

    Just made this for my papa and me. Trying to eat slowly but it’s so good. Thanks for a great recipe! Perfect on this hot summer evening.

    1. Amanda says

      I’m so happy you enjoyed the salad, Myriam! 🙂

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