Carrot Chickpea Couscous Salad

October 16, 2015
2 Ratings
Photo by James Ransom
  • Serves 4 as a side
Author Notes

This is my best attempt at recreating a salad from a catered lunch at my office and I got hopelessly addicted to; add whatever you like (currants? chopped parsley or fresh spinach? small chunks of apples?) to make it your dream side. —Kendra Vaculin

What You'll Need
  • 1/2 cup dry Israeli couscous
  • 1/2 cup chicken stock
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 2 teaspoons coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 cup shredded carrots
  • 1 can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup crumbled feta
  • 1/3 cup sliced almonds
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • a few serious turns of fresh ground pepper
  1. Add couscous, stock, cumin, coriander, and ginger to a small pot. Cover and simmer over medium heat for 8 to 10 minutes, stirring sometimes, until the liquid is all evaporated and the couscous is soft.
  2. In a large bowl, mix couscous, carrots, chickpeas, garlic, feta, and almonds. Toss with olive oil and season with salt and pepper.

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7 Reviews

Valerie S. June 19, 2017
I doubled the amount of couscous, added in a chopped red bell pepper, a handful of chopped fresh parsley, and a couple of tbsp of lime juice. Also, I didn't have almonds, so I substituted with coarsely chopped pecans. Delicious! Even hubby loved it 😊
Kate K. July 2, 2016
I wanted to chime in that I took your suggestions in the note and added a handful of currants and a bunch of chopped parsley, as well as a generous splash of lemon. At a picnic, it was well-liked, light, and easy-to-make-ahead-of-time.
ghainskom November 16, 2015
Good but not great as is. Something was missing. Will try adding lemon juice next time...
Ontariobnd October 24, 2015
This was a really satisfying dish! I can see how a little lemon juice might add a different character but I truly found it enjoyable as is. Nicely done!!
Angela October 20, 2015
Looks wonderful! No vinegar or lemon juice?
Nancy M. October 23, 2015
I made this and it's good as written but it definitely needs a generous squeeze of lemon before serving.
Mar P. October 19, 2015
I'm so doing this. I'm a huge fan of couscous and this looks delicious.