An overhead shot of a bowl of vegetable couscous salad garnished with lots of fresh parsley.
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Pearl Couscous Salad (with Lemon Turmeric Vinaigrette)

This easy plant based Pearl Couscous Salad is made with sweetened cranberries, zucchini, tomato, parsley and pine nuts.  It's tossed with a lemony turmeric dressing and makes for one easy side to dinner or light lunch.
Course Lunch, Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine Canadian
Keyword cold couscous salad, israeli couscous salad
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 497kcal
Author Dawn - Girl Heart Food


  • 1 cup pearl couscous -cooked per package instructions
  • 1 cup zucchini -peeled and chopped into bite-sized pieces
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup tomato -chopped (I removed interior membrane of tomatoes)
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts
  • 3-4 stalks green onion -chopped
  • 3 tbsp fresh parsley -roughly chopped
  • 5 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric


  • Cook couscous per package instructions.  For mine, I placed 1.5 cups of cold water, 1/2 tsp of salt and 1 cup of couscous in a medium pot. Bring to boil, lower heat, cover and cook about 10 minutes.  Turn off heat, leave covered for a couple minutes.  Rinse with cold water and drain.
  • Mix cooked couscous with zucchini, cranberry, tomato, pine nuts, green onion, and parsley.  
  • In a small mason jar combine olive oil, lemon juice, maple syrup, salt, black pepper and turmeric.  Cover and shake to combine.  Pour over couscous mixture.  Stir to combine.  Enjoy!


  • The cranberries work beautifully in this salad and adds a nice pop of sweetness to the other savoury ingredients.   However,  golden raisins work great too!
  • I prefer to peel the zucchini in this recipe, but if you don't want to, don't.
  • Pine nuts are delicious, but they are also expensive.  Feel free to sub in another nut, like sliced almonds.
  • Instead of parsley, try cilantro (or a  combo of the two). A little fresh mint is great too!
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Nutrition (estimate only)

Calories: 497kcal | Carbohydrates: 59g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Sodium: 304mg | Potassium: 645mg | Fiber: 9g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 545IU | Vitamin C: 17.9mg | Calcium: 67mg | Iron: 2.8mg
Nutrition Facts
Pearl Couscous Salad (with Lemon Turmeric Vinaigrette)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 497 Calories from Fat 216
% Daily Value*
Fat 24g37%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Sodium 304mg13%
Potassium 645mg18%
Carbohydrates 59g20%
Fiber 9g38%
Sugar 8g9%
Protein 13g26%
Vitamin A 545IU11%
Vitamin C 17.9mg22%
Calcium 67mg7%
Iron 2.8mg16%
* Nutrition estimate only. Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.