Sweet and Savory Couscous Summer Salad

This is a crowd-pleasing Sweet and Savory Couscous Summer Salad that you will want to make all summer long.

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Sweet and Savory Couscous Summer Salad

Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Course: Salad
Servings: 9
Calories: 291kcal
Author: Kim Maes


  • 3 cups (600 g) gluten-free couscous (gluten free orzo, brown rice, or quinoa), cooked according to package directions and cooled to room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons (10 mL) plus ¼ cup (60 mL) olive oil. divided
  • 2 ears of fresh sweet corn , kernels cut off the cob, or 1 ½ cups frozen sweet corn, thawed
  • 1 teaspoon (6 g) sea salt, divided
  • ½ teaspoon (1.2 g) freshly ground pepper, divided
  • 1 can chickpeas , rinsed and drained
  • 2 nectarines (or peaches), cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 cucumber , peeled and cut into ½-inch pieces
  • 1 cup (175 g) grape or cherry tomatoes, cut into quarters
  • ½ medium red onion , finely diced
  • ½ cup (56 g) pepitas
  • Juice and zest of one lemon
  • 2 tablespoons (30 mL) honey
  • 2 cups (40 g) arugula, roughly chopped if leaves are large
  • cup (8 g) fresh basil leaves, slivered
  • 2 tablespoon (5 g) fresh mint leaves, slivered


  • Place prepared couscous in a large serving bowl. Heat 2 teaspoons oil in a pan and add corn, ½ teaspoon salt, and ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper. Cook for 4 to 5 minutes until the corn is tender and lightly browned in spots. Transfer corn to bowl with the couscous.
  • Add chickpeas, nectarines (or peaches), cucumber, tomatoes, red onion, and pepitas to the bowl with the couscous and corn and toss well to combine.
  • In a small bowl, combine juice of lemon, lemon zest, honey, and ¼ cup olive oil. Pour mixture over the salad and toss to coat.
  • Add arugula, basil, and mint to the cooled couscous mixture and gently combine everything together with a spatula. Season with remaining salt and pepper. Add more to taste if necessary. Serve salad at room temperature or slightly chilled.


Gluten-free couscous can be ordered online or found in some stores. You can also use brown rice, quinoa, or gluten-free orzo in this recipe.


Nutrition Facts
Sweet and Savory Couscous Summer Salad
Amount Per Serving
Calories 291 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Fat 7g11%
Saturated Fat 1g5%
Trans Fat 0.003g
Polyunsaturated Fat 3g
Monounsaturated Fat 2g
Sodium 273mg11%
Potassium 554mg16%
Carbohydrates 49g16%
Fiber 6g24%
Sugar 9g10%
Protein 11g22%
Vitamin A 362IU7%
Vitamin C 8mg10%
Calcium 45mg5%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Disclaimer: All nutrition facts on Gluten Free & More are meant only as a guide and may differ depending on product brands used or ingredient substitutions. Some errors may occur, so you are encouraged to confirm the recipe’s ingredient and nutrition suitability for your own diet.
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