Mandarin Cucumber Couscous Salad Recipe

Waking up to dark mornings again is a reminder that winter in Seattle is coming, so I decided to make a summer salad and cherish whatever afternoon sunshine that is left. I initially had this salad at a work event and adopted it at home. This is a fresh salad that will brighten your taste buds for sure… and it’s super easy!

Makes 3-4 servings

  • 1 cup dried couscous
  • 1 1/4 cup of water
  • 1/2 of a medium red onion, minced
  • 1 can/1 cup of mandarin oranges, minced
  • 1/2 cucumber, minced
  • 1/4 cup of cilantro, chopped (add more if desired!)


  1. Add the dried couscous to 1 1/4 cup boiling water. Cook until fluffy and set aside to cool.
  2. Mix the onion, mandarin oranges, cucumber, cilantro, and couscous.
  3. Add salt and pepper to taste.

That’s it! 3 easy steps, and so delicious! Eat it with some protein or veggies and you’ve got yourself a quick meal.