Cherry Walnut Couscous Salad

Cherry Walnut Couscous Salad

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

Course Salad
Cuisine Vegetarian
Keyword cherries
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 315 kcal
Author Colleen


  • 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


  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 the 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.

A cherry pitter is handy to have if you use fresh cherries in recipes. I have this one, and it works great.

Nutrition Facts
Cherry Walnut Couscous Salad
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 315 Calories from Fat 144
% Daily Value*
Fat 16g25%
Saturated Fat 4g20%
Cholesterol 16mg5%
Sodium 477mg20%
Potassium 219mg6%
Carbohydrates 33g11%
Fiber 3g12%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 8g16%
Vitamin A 565IU11%
Vitamin C 13.1mg16%
Calcium 133mg13%
Iron 1.5mg8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.