Cherry Couscous & Arugula Salad Recipe

Cherry Couscous & Arugula Salad Recipe

This cherry couscous and arugula salad recipe will make your summer salad delightful made with arugula and fresh cherries topped with balsamic vinaigrette.

Preparation: 20 minutes
Cooking: 5 minutes
Total: 25 minutes



For the Couscous:

  • ¾cupwhole wheat couscous
  • 2tbspolive oil
  • ¼tspsea salt
  • freshly ground black pepper,twists

For the Balsamic Vinaigrette:

  • ¼cupolive oil
  • 2tbsplemon juice
  • 2tbspbalsamic vinegar
  • 2tspdijon mustard
  • 2tsphoney,or maple syrup or agave nectar
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • tspsalt

For the Salad:

  • 4big arugula
  • ½lbcherries,pitted, halved, and quartered (about 2 big handfuls)
  • 2celery stalks,chopped
  • 3 ⅓ozgoat cheese,crumbled (to yield about ⅓ cup crumbled goat cheese)
  • cupshelled pistachios,or almonds



  1. Bring ¾ cup water to boil in a small saucepan. Once it’s boiling, remove the pan from heat and pour in the couscous, olive oil, sea salt, and a few twists of freshly ground black pepper.

  2. Stir, cover, and let rest for 5 minutes. Remove the lid, fluff the couscous with a fork, and set it aside for later.


  1. Whisk together all of the vinaigrette ingredients in a small bowl until emulsified.

To toast the nuts:

  1. In a skillet over medium-low heat, toast the nuts, tossing frequently until fragrant for about 3 to 6 minutes.

  2. Remove from heat and use a chef’s knife to chop the nuts into small pieces.

To compose the salad:

  1. In a large serving bowl, combine the arugula, sliced cherries, chopped celery, crumbled goat cheese, and chopped nuts.

  2. Drizzle with enough vinaigrette to lightly coat the greens and toss to combine. Serve immediately.


  • Calories: 556.06kcal
  • Fat: 32.91g
  • Saturated Fat: 7.80g
  • Trans Fat: 0.00g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 18.83g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 4.58g
  • Carbohydrates: 52.40g
  • Fiber: 8.57g
  • Sugar: 17.28g
  • Protein: 18.47g
  • Cholesterol: 13.04mg
  • Sodium: 431.31mg
  • Calcium: 450.99mg
  • Potassium: 1233.97mg
  • Iron: 5.31mg
  • Vitamin A: 359.64µg
  • Vitamin C: 42.04mg
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