Sweet Cherry & Couscous Salad

By 30 Minutes or Less
Scallions, black beans, lots of sweet cherries and a lime-based dressing highlight this festive burst of flavor. Do enjoy!

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  • Prep Time: 20 minutes


Serves: 8
Cups of Fruits & Vegetables per Serving: 1/2
Think Variety; Think Color: Red


1 1/2 cups vegetable broth or water
1 1/2 cups couscous
2 cups (1 1/4 pounds) sweet cherries, pitted
1 16-oz. can black beans, rinsed and drained
1 12-oz. can whole kernel corn, drained
1/2 cup (3) scallions, chopped
1/2 cup fresh parsley, chopped
1/2 cup green bell pepper, chopped

1/2 teaspoon lime zest, finely grated
1/4 cup (2) lime juice, fresh
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon dried oregano, crushed
1/4 teaspoon chili powder   


To make the salad:
In a medium saucepan, bring the vegetable broth to a boil over medium-high heat. Stir in the couscous; cover and remove from the heat. Let stand for 5 minutes, then fluff with a fork. Transfer the couscous to a serving bowl and stir in the cherries, black beans, corn, scallions, parsley, and bell pepper.

To make the dressing:
In a small bowl, whisk together the lime zest and the remaining ingredients until well blended. Drizzle the dressing over the couscous mixture and toss until evenly coated. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Each serving provides: An excellent source of vitamin C and fiber, and a good source of vitamin A.


Nutritional Information

  • Calories:    279
  • Carbohydrates:    48g
  • Total Fat:    5.8g
  • Cholesterol:    0mg
  • Saturated Fat:   0.8g
  • Dietary Fiber:    5g
  • % of Calories from Fat:    18%
  • Sodium:    431 mg
  • Protein:    8g
  • Recipe Credit
  • Recipe courtesy of Produce for Better Health Foundation (PBH). This recipe meets PBH and Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) nutrition standards that maintain fruits and vegetables as healthy foods.



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