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Israeli Couscous Salad

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

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

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.

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

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.

Pearl couscous salad filled with fresh spinach and tomatoes.

5 from 4 votes
Israeli Couscous salad with spinach, tomatoes and a light orange vinaigrette.
Israeli Couscous Salad
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
25 mins

Couscous salad with spinach, tomatoes and a light dressing made with fresh orange juice.

Course: Dinner, Lunch, Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: couscous salad, couscous salad with spinach, israeli couscous salad, pearl couscous salad
Servings: 8 people
Calories: 198 kcal
Author: Kathy
  • 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
  1. Cook couscous according to package directions. 

  1. Mix orange zest, freshly squeezed orange juice, olive oil, garlic and salt and pepper together. 

  2. While couscous is still warm, but not hot, pour dressing over couscous. Stir.

Assemble Salad
  1. When couscous has cooled to room temperature, add spinach, tomatoes and onions. Stir. Add additional salt and pepper if needed. 

  2. Salad can be eaten right away or covered and refrigerated until chilled. 

Nutrition Facts
Israeli Couscous Salad
Amount Per Serving
Calories 198 Calories from Fat 27
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 3g 5%
Sodium 154mg 6%
Potassium 139mg 4%
Total Carbohydrates 34g 11%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Protein 5g 10%
Vitamin A 8.9%
Vitamin C 7%
Calcium 1.6%
Iron 3.8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Fresh spinach, tomatoes, and Israeli couscous topped with an orange vinaigrette. This salad is perfect for potlucks, picnics and BBQs. #summertime #couscous #coucoussalad #spinach

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

    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! 🙂

  • Reply
    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! 🙂 I need to try this one soon for sure!

    • Reply
      July 19, 2018 at 8:41 am

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

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

    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 🙂

    • Reply
      July 21, 2018 at 7:09 am

      Thanks, Dawn! It is a delicious salad!

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    July 16, 2018 at 8:21 am

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

    • Reply
      July 23, 2018 at 8:48 am

      This dish is made for summers!

  • Reply
    Nicoletta Sugarlovespices
    July 18, 2018 at 7:17 am

    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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