Couscous Salad Recipe with Cranberries & Lemons (Summer Salad Series)

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Couscous Salad with cranberries, lemon and fresh herbs

Today’s CousCous salad recipe looks amazing, and it’s not just because I love lemons; I adore grain-based salads because they make a terrific side dish or even a main meal for lunch. Plus this version has the crunch of pine nuts– perfection! Huge thanks to Michele from Our Rosey Life for contributing her recipe to our Summer Salad Series.

Oh my gosh! The salad recipes being shared for Making Lemonade’s Summer Salad Series have been awesome! Have you had a chance to make any of them yet for your family? Yep. I have too! If you haven’t, no worries… there’s still plenty of summer left. Salads and summer go together like a movie and popcorn or a rainy day and a good book or red with white and blue. Right? Today I’m sharing my Couscous Salad with Cranberries, Lemon and Fresh Herbs (Summer Salad Series). It is delicious and so easy to make.

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Well… I’m getting ahead of myself. I really should introduce myself first, shouldn’t I? My name is Michele and I blog at Our Rosey Life. I love and write about family fun, home decor projects, recipes, photography and oh yes… making stuff. Making stuff makes me happy.

And I must say a heartfelt thank you to Carrie for inviting me to share my summer salad recipe with you today!!

My family loves this pasta salad – Couscous with Cranberries, Lemon and Fresh Herbs. Israeli couscous is a small round pasta, not a grain like rice. The blend of the tart lemon with the sweetness of the cranberries and the freshness of the basil and mint makes this salad a winner! And did I mention the crunch of pine nuts? Yep. There are pine nuts too.

Couscous Salad with Cranberries, Lemon and Fresh Herbs (Summer Salad Series) | Our Rosey Life

I hope you will give it a try! It’s very easy to make and serves well at room temperature. I have made it a day ahead and simply added the basil and mint from the herb garden before serving. It’s a perfect side dish or can be the main course with some grilled chicken or grilled shrimp. If cranberries aren’t your thing, any dried fruit will work like dried tart cherries, raisins or currants. If a picnic is on your calendar, this summer salad is great because there is no mayonnaise, just lemon and fresh herbs from the garden. And can I share a secret? I make this salad in the winter and serve it beside a white fish or salmon when I want a little taste of summer. Delish!

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Couscous Salad with Cranberries, Lemon and Fresh Herbs (Summer Salad Series)

This salad sings summer with the lemon and fresh herbs from the garden - basil and mint.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Course: Side Dish
Author: Michele @ Our Rosey Life


  • 3 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 box Israeli couscous 8 oz box or 1 lb orzo pasta works well too
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • juice of 2 lemons
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 cup fresh basil leaves chopped
  • 1/2 cup fresh mint leaves chopped
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/4 pine nuts toasted


  • In a sauce pan, warm the 3 tablespoons of olive oil over medium heat.
  • Add the minced garlic and stir for 30 seconds.
  • Add the couscous and stir until lightly browned (about 5 minutes).
  • Carefully add the chicken broth and the juice of 1 lemon.
  • Bring to a boil.
  • Reduce the heat to simmer, cover the pot, stir occasionally, until the couscous is tender - about 10-12 minutes.
  • In a large bowl, toss the cooked couscous with the 1/4 cup of olive oil, the juice of 1 lemon, the lemon zest, salt and pepper.
  • Let the mixture cool.
  • Once the couscous has cooled to room temperature, add the fresh herbs, dried cranberries and pine nuts.
  • Toss to combine.


I add a generous 1/4 cup of cranberries and pine nuts, because I really like them.
The salad can be served chilled or at room temperature.
It works as a side dish or as an entree with the simple addition of grilled chicken or shrimp.

Thank you, Carrie, for inviting me to visit today and I’m so happy I could bring a dish to serve! It was such fun meeting everyone and I hope you’ll stop by for a visit at Our Rosey Life and we’ll chat some more. Or I could be found on Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook, Google+ or Twitter sharing a little more Rosey stuff.

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  2. Carrie ~ Many thanks for letting me share my salad with your readers! Happy Summer!

  3. This looks like a perfect summer lunch. I love the texture of Israeli cousi cous. Can’t wait to try it!

  4. 5 stars
    Looks delish!! LOVE lemon on Couscous, but cranberries, now THAT’S a neat twist! YUM…

  5. Oh I will for sure try this! Maybe next week for lunch! This looks amazing!

  6. This looks amazing! I was looking for a recipe using israeli cous cous just the other day.. FATE!

  7. This looks fabulous! I love couscous but never jazz it up – I will have to try this one!

  8. 5 stars
    Carrie, this looks like something I would like to eat right now. Beautiful!

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