Cherry Walnut Couscous Salad

Cherry Walnut Couscous Salad
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Cherry Walnut Couscous Salad is the newest dish that I want to share with you, because, I’m partnering with BC Tree Fruits to make a recipe featuring fabulous BC Tree Fruits Cherries.

Cherry Walnut Couscous Salad
Cherry Walnut Couscous Salad

This post is sponsored by BC Tee Fruits. I have been compensated financially and in product by them. All opinions are my own and I only endorse and share products that I love.

I am so excited about this partnership! Because, I happen to live right here, in the beautiful Okanagan valley, where the premium BC Tree Fruits Cherries grow and thrive, and I love having the chance to showcase the amazing abundance of these beautiful, delicious cherries that are grown right here. These BC Tree Fruit Cherries are the best in the world.

BC Tree Fruit Cherries

I was born & raised right here in British Columbia, and, for half of my life, have lived right here in the Okanagan Valley, where these delicious cherries are grown. I’m so fortunate, because I’ve lived surrounded by orchards full of beautiful fruit, all of my life.

BC Tree Fruits Cherries
BC Tree Fruits Cherries

In fact, some of my earliest memories involve climbing up the backyard cherry tree with my friends and siblings, sitting on a sturdy limb and eating way too many cherries.

Not to mention, making “lipstick” from cherry juice and those cherry earrings (anyone else ever do that as a kid?). So, I’m super excited to share with you, my love of this beautiful place, the delicious fresh fruit that comes from this region, and buying and supporting local.

BC Tree Fruits Cherries
BC Tree Fruits Cherries

Cherry Season is Short

BC Tree Fruits Cherries are in season right now, and these delicious beauties are only available for a short window of time, (just 4-5 weeks, yikes!). So, now is the time. Be sure to visit your local grocery store, and get your hands on some of these delectable beauties.  Getting local, fresh cherries is a true treat, and I don’t want you to miss out.

Look For the Leaf

Make sure that you are getting fresh, local, BC Tree Fruit Cherries, by looking for this familiar leaf logo, which is just adorable, don’t you think? And go learn more about beautiful BC Tree Fruits Cherries by checking out their Food Guide.

BC Tree Fruits Cherries
BC Tree Fruits Cherries

Cherries are Versatile

This Cherry Walnut Couscous Salad is just one example of the versatility of BC Tree Fruits Cherries. Of course, cherries are delicious and convenient to snack on. But, you can also use them in a variety of recipes, both savory and sweet.

I love to top my cereal with BC Tree Fruits Cherries. You can also put fresh cherries in smoothies and cocktails (try freezing them whole and using them in place of ice cubes. Genius, right?). And cherry preserves and jams are, of course, a pure delight to have on hand over the winter.

Cherry Walnut Couscous Salad
Cherry Walnut Couscous Salad

Why BC Tree Fruits Cherries?

These cherries! They’re dark, juicy, sweet, and tart. They are truly a sweet, fresh and purely delightful summer taste experience.

About BC Tree Fruits

BC Tree Fruits is a cooperative, with more than 430 grower families under their umbrella. They grow all of their cherries right here in the Okanagan Valley, using sustainable growing practices. If you want to buy fresh, and buy local, no matter where you are in Canada, (or really in the world!) Then buy BC Tree Fruit cherries.

Cherry Walnut Couscous Salad
Cherry Walnut Couscous Salad

Cherry Nutrition

Eat these fresh cherries while you can! Fresh Cherries are nutritional powerhouses. BC Tree Fruits Cherries are packed full of disease fighting antioxidants and polyphenols. They are high in fibre, Vitamin C, potassium, and other minerals. BC Tree Fruits Cherries are a treat with all of the benefits.

Cherry Walnut Couscous Salad
Cherry Walnut Couscous Salad

About this Cherry Walnut Couscous Salad

Besides BC Tree Fruits Cherries, I used Israeli couscous in this delicious salad. Along with toasted walnuts, black olives, feta, and fresh lemon, it’s a tasty and satisfying summer salad. It’s great on it’s own for lunch, perfect for picnics, and a beautiful side dish for grilled chicken, pork, or fish.

Cherry Walnut Couscous Salad
Cherry Walnut Couscous Salad

I love that this salad is so easy to put together. It’s a flavourful, deliciously fresh and different  dish, and I think, a worthy one to show off these gorgeous cherries! Watch my Video to see just how easy this Cherry Walnut Couscous Salad is to make:

Get more Cherry recipes: Cherry Amaretto Ice Cream, or Balsamic Cherries, or Balsamic Cherry, Feta, & Prosciutto Pizza.

BC Tree Fruits Cherries
BC Tree Fruits Cherries

How To Make Cherry Walnut Couscous Salad

5 from 12 votes
Cherry Walnut Couscous Salad
Cherry Walnut Couscous Salad
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
25 mins
 

This Cherry Walnut Couscous Salad is deliciously different and easy to make, perfect for summer barbecues and picnics.

Course: Salad
Cuisine: Vegetarian
Keyword: cherries
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 315 kcal
Author: Colleen
Ingredients
  • 3 tbsp olive oil extra virgin
  • 1.5 cups Israeli couscous
  • 2 cups fresh cherries pitted & halved
  • 1 cups black olives pitted
  • 0.5 cup walnuts toasted, lightly chopped
  • 1 cup feta cheese crumbled
  • 4 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp fresh thyme leaves
  • salt & freshly ground pepper to taste
  • 0.5 cup fresh parsley chopped
Instructions
  1. Heat 1 tbsp of the olive oil over medium heat in a medium saucepan. 

  2. Add the couscous, and cook, stirring, until toasted, about 3 minutes

  3. Add 2 cups of water, cover, and cook until couscous is tender, about 10 minutes. 

  4. Remove from heat, remove cover, stir in remaining olive oil, and allow to cool

  5. Transfer couscous to a bowl, and add all remaining ingredients, tossing to combine.

  6. Serve immediately, or refrigerate until chilled.

Recipe Notes

Couscous is a pasta, and regular couscous and Israeli couscous are both made from semolina wheat. The difference is in the size of the granules. Regular couscous is super fine, so it almost seems like a grain. Israeli couscous (also called Pearl couscous), is larger, ball shaped granules, more like an actual pasta. A substitute for Israeli or pearl couscous would be orzo pasta, and not regular couscous for this salad. Omit the feta to make this salad vegan.

Nutrition Facts
Cherry Walnut Couscous Salad
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 315 Calories from Fat 144
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 16g 25%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 16mg 5%
Sodium 477mg 20%
Potassium 219mg 6%
Total Carbohydrates 33g 11%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Sugars 5g
Protein 8g 16%
Vitamin A 11.3%
Vitamin C 15.9%
Calcium 13.3%
Iron 8.1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Cherry Walnut Couscous Salad
Cherry Walnut Couscous Salad
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24 thoughts on “Cherry Walnut Couscous Salad

  1. what a great idea to combine sweet cherries with this salad. I love the colors and how its bursting with flavors from that delicious dressing.

  2. What a refreshing looking salad! Can’t wait to try it… I will definitely be looking for the leaf!!! I learned a lot about BC tree fruits today. Thanks for sharing Colleen.

  3. I love the combination of sweet and savoury in salads. I’m especially partial to stone fruits so I’m really excited to try this couscous salad. Thanks for sharing!

  4. Your recipe has so many of my favourite ingredients, including BC cherries! You are right, we are so lucky to live here in the Okanagan, Colleen. I am excited to try your Cherry Walnut Couscous Salad. Thank you so much for inspiring us and for sharing another lovely recipe.

    1. Thanks so much Denise! We are indeed lucky, and these cherries are one of the ways. :-). I know that you’ll love this salad, because I made it three times to get the video right, so a few friends & neighbours got to sample and it was a hit. Enjoy!

  5. I can’t believe I only started loving and appreciating fresh cherries in the last few years! Now I look forward to cherry season every year! I love how you used them in this couscous. Looks so delicious, and definitely perfect for picnics and BBQs!

    1. Thanks Leanne, we love cherries and I always try to do something other than desserts with them, (as well as the desserts, too. of course). This salad turned out so good!

  6. I love this combo of cherries and walnuts with cous cous! Cherries are my absolute fave and I will be trying this-looks delish!

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