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Mandarin Couscous Salad

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
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. + chilling
  • Makes
    7 servings


  • 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


  • 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.
  • 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.

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  • middleweaves
    Aug 31, 2013

    Definitely double the sauce. I used green onion instead of the red and added cooked/shredded chicken. Thinking that pineapple and ham might be good also.

  • Juliev320
    Nov 19, 2011

    I would use green onions instead of red. Maybe add some cranberries too. I doubled the sauce. Great side dish

  • Hannah0418
    Oct 10, 2011

    kinda blah! can't believe this won a contest of any kind. won't make again.

  • northwestmom
    May 29, 2011

    The whole family enjoyed this... even my son who hates peas. His comment was "Mom, I love, love, LOVE this salad!".

  • nicolephillips
    Jun 2, 2010

    I get so many compliments from this recipe. It's a favorite at family get-togethers.

  • akglmu
    Sep 16, 2009

    This couscous recipe is simply wonderful! It is such a refreshing dish, esp. during the hot weather. I will definitely be making this time and time again!

  • glendammclain
    Sep 8, 2008

    mu subscription expires in december,yet i am denied access to certain recipes. why is this?i'm not happy about this!