Mandarin Couscous Salad

Total Time

Prep: 25 min. + chilling


7 servings

Updated: May. 06, 2023
I help teach a healthy lifestyles program and often share this recipe. Instead of mandarin oranges you can add fresh chopped oranges...or replace the peas with diced cucumber or green pepper. -Debbie Anderson of Hillsdale, Michigan


  • 1-1/3 cups water
  • 1 cup uncooked couscous
  • 1 can (11 ounces) mandarin oranges, drained
  • 1 cup frozen peas, thawed
  • 1/2 cup slivered almonds, toasted
  • 1/3 cup chopped red onion
  • 3 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon hot pepper sauce


  1. Place water in a saucepan; bring to a boil. Stir in couscous. Cover and remove from the heat; let stand for 5 minutes. Fluff with a fork. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the oranges, peas, almonds, onion and couscous. In a jar with a tight-fitting lid, combine the vinegar, oil, sugar, salt and pepper sauce; shake well. Pour dressing over couscous mixture; toss to coat.

Nutrition Facts

3/4 cup: 221 calories, 8g fat (1g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 108mg sodium, 31g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 4g fiber), 6g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1-1/2 starch, 1-1/2 fat, 1/2 fruit.