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Mediterranean Israeli Couscous Salad
with leftover salmon, chickpeas, and red peppers

Active: 30 minTotal: 20 min
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This is our colorful take on pasta salad using Israeli couscous and leftover salmon. Combined with summery peppers and cucumbers, you've got a cool weeknight dish that won't take long to come together.
Smarts: Use the heat from pasta (or other grains and proteins) to lightly wilt spinach, which helps you eat a lot more of this leafy green with ease.



Mediterranean Israeli Couscous Salad:
  • Red peppers, medium-sized - 2 ((Or 1 large or 3 small))
  • Mint - 2 sprigs, sliced in a chiffonade
  • Shallots - 1/2 bulb, diced
  • Red wine vinegar - 1 Tbsp
  • Balsamic vinegar - 2 Tbsp
  • Dijon mustard - 1 tsp
  • Cooking oil - 1/4 cup
  • Garbanzo beans (14 oz / 397 g can) - 1 can, rinsed and drained ((~2 cups))
  • Israeli couscous - 1 1/2 cups, uncooked
  • Baby spinach - 4 oz
  • Leftover salmon - 1/2 lb
  • Feta - 2 oz, crumbled

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Serving Size: 1 serving
Servings Per Recipe 4
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  1. Peppers / Mint - Prep as directed. (Can be done up to 3 days ahead)
  2. Make vinaigrette - Dice shallots. Combine with red wine vinegar, balsamic vinegar, and Dijon mustard. Whisk in oil. (Can be done up to 3 days ahead)
  3. Garbanzo beans - Rinse and drain.


  1. This makes enough Israeli couscous for tomorrow night’s dinner. Bring a saucepan of water to boil. Salt generously and add Israeli couscous. Cook until al dente, tender but not soggy.
  2. While couscous is cooking, place spinach into a big salad or mixing bowl.
  3. Drain couscous, save ⅓ (~1 cup (235 ml) for 4 servings) for tomorrow’s dinner and then immediately add couscous to spinach. Toss, using the heat from the couscous to partially wilt the spinach.
  4. Add in peppers, mint, beans, and leftover salmon. Dress with vinaigrette and toss. Add feta if desired.

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This meal has 22 reviews

It was great! It was the perfect light lunch.

By: Sarah
Posted: Sep 09, 2015
Diet: Original

Very good; a light, healthy meal.

By: Sundi
Posted: Jun 05, 2015
Diet: Original

Going on the regular rotation! It also tasted great as a side dish with no meat added

By: Brooke
Posted: Oct 23, 2014
Diet: Original

This was so easy to put together. Loved the flavors.

By: Katie
Posted: Aug 30, 2014
Diet: Original

My salmon had gone bad by the time I got around to making this dish, so I substituted Boar's Head Everroast deli meat instead (it was all I had!). It was still a solid meal. The mint was the pièce de résistance of the meal, in my opinion. It was a nice light and refreshing summer dinner.

By: Katherine
Posted: Aug 18, 2014
Diet: Original

Grilled salmon night before after marinading salmon in soy sauce, orange juice, fresh ginger and orange marmalade. Added lots of fresh veggies from garden, lettuce, tomato, zucchini, cucumber, arugula. It was delicious. The dressing as listed was perfect.

By: Susan
Posted: Aug 15, 2014
Diet: Original