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Israeli Couscous Salad

July 14, 2018 (Last Updated: June 15, 2020)

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Israeli Couscous Salad with spinach, tomatoes and a light orange dressing.

Pearl couscous with spinach, tomatoes and a light dressing.

Israeli Couscous Salad is a delicious salad filled with fresh spinach and tomatoes. This is a perfect summer salad for picnics, BBQs and potlucks because it travels well and you don’t have to worry about keeping it ice cold. 

Israeli Couscous salad is perfect for potlucks, picnics and summertime BBQs.

I’ve made couscous salad before but I used the small, traditional sized couscous. This time I used Israeli or Pearl couscous. These are larger in size. I also use a tricolor which adds some fun to the dish.

Are there different types of couscous?

Yes! There are three main types of couscous.

  • Moroccan – this is the smallest of couscous and the most common found in the stores
  • Israeli – a larger couscous. Also called pearl couscous
  • Lebanese – the largest sized couscous

Ingredients for Israeli Couscous salad: couscous, tomatoes, spinach, onion, garlic, and fresh squeezed orange.

What’s the best way to cut up spinach?

I’ve added fresh spinach to this salad. A quick tip to easily cut the spinach is to stack the leaves, then cut into small strips. This makes it easy to cut and keeps the pieces in a uniform size.


 Fresh spinach leavesCutting fresh spinachCut spinach leaves ready to be added to couscous salad








This salad can be eaten right away, but it really is best after refrigerated and all the flavors have a chance to meld together. 

I thought the salad was even better eaten the next day, which makes this couscous salad even more perfect for a summertime BBQ. I love dishes that you can make the day before.

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Israeli Couscous salad with spinach, tomatoes and a light orange vinaigrette.

Israeli Couscous Salad

Couscous salad with spinach, tomatoes and a light dressing made with fresh orange juice.
5 from 6 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Salad
Cuisine American
Servings 8 people
Calories 198 kcal



  • 2 cups Israeli couscous
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt


  • 1 cup baby spinach (sliced into 1/4 inch strips)
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes (halved)
  • 1/4 cup red onion (finely chopped)


  • zest from one orange
  • juice from one orange
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic (minced)
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt


  • Cook couscous according to package directions. 


  • Mix orange zest, freshly squeezed orange juice, olive oil, garlic and salt and pepper together. 
  • While couscous is still warm, but not hot, pour dressing over couscous. Stir.

Assemble Salad

  • When couscous has cooled to room temperature, add spinach, tomatoes and onions. Stir. Add additional salt and pepper if needed. 
  • Salad can be eaten right away or covered and refrigerated until chilled. 


Calories: 198kcalCarbohydrates: 34gProtein: 5gFat: 3gSodium: 154mgPotassium: 139mgFiber: 2gVitamin A: 445IUVitamin C: 5.8mgCalcium: 16mgIron: 0.7mg
Keyword couscous salad, couscous salad with spinach, israeli couscous salad, pearl couscous salad
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  • Reply
    January 17, 2021 at 3:21 pm

    5 stars
    PERFECTION! My favorite salad, I would buy it and board it. I have been looking for this recipe for a long time, now that I found it – I might share.๐Ÿ˜‰ Thank you so much for sharing!

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      January 17, 2021 at 7:26 pm

      Thank you so much! Enjoy ๐Ÿ™‚

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    January 5, 2021 at 12:06 pm

    I am going to make this with some grilled Salmon. I know it is going to be a delicious combo๐Ÿ˜‹

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      January 5, 2021 at 5:15 pm


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    Nicoletta Sugarlovespices
    July 18, 2018 at 7:17 am

    5 stars
    Pinned it right away! Love cous cous and like you, I have only used the regular cous cous. I’m loving this pearl cous cous, and the fresh spinach and tomatoes. Such a great summer dish!

    • Reply
      July 23, 2018 at 8:44 am

      Thanks, Nicoletta!

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    July 16, 2018 at 8:21 am

    5 stars
    This is the kind of meal that I crave on these hot and steamy days! So fresh!

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      July 23, 2018 at 8:48 am

      This dish is made for summers!

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    Dawn - Girl Heart Food
    July 16, 2018 at 8:03 am

    5 stars
    I love Israeli couscous and this salad sounds and looks so good! Love the spinach in there and that orange vinaigrette. Perfect for easy weekday lunches ๐Ÿ™‚

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      July 21, 2018 at 7:09 am

      Thanks, Dawn! It is a delicious salad!

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    David @ Spiced
    July 16, 2018 at 5:56 am

    I love the citrus flavor you’ve got going on in this salad, Kathy! It really does sound perfect for hot summer days. And I love how salads like this actually taste better on the second day. That means we can do the work in advance and then sit back and enjoy it later! ๐Ÿ™‚ I need to try this one soon for sure!

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      July 19, 2018 at 8:41 am

      Nothing better than getting all the work done early, while the days are still cool!

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    Mary Ann | The Beach House Kitchen
    July 15, 2018 at 8:49 am

    5 stars
    This looks so fresh and light for summer Kathy! That orange vinaigrette sounds amazing!

    • Reply
      July 19, 2018 at 8:35 am

      Thanks, Mary Ann! ๐Ÿ™‚

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