Almond Artichoke Summer Couscous

Let’s take a break from the crazy cookies shall we? 🙂  I have a major crush on couscous salads, especially in the summer. It’s so great to have them in the refrigerator for nibbling on during the day.

I love that couscous cooks in 5 minutes which means, this entire salad is done within about 20 minutes. Grab your fork and enjoy some summer couscous. Now, to be completely honest, this is a recipe the kids may not be head over heels for, but hey, Mom needs some good food for just her from time to time right? Lol!

Enjoy friends!

Here’s what you’ll need:  Some arugula, Italian dressing, slivered almonds, artichoke hearts, sun dried tomatoes and couscous.

I just purchased a can of artichoke hearts, but you can use the marinated ones too.

Give your artichoke hearts a chop then add them to your cooled, cooked couscous.

Toss in your slivered almonds.

Almonds=Love 🙂

Some sun dried tomatoes.

A little kosher salt.

Add some freshly ground black pepper.

Fresh Parmesan Cheese 🙂

Just a touch of your favorite Italian Dressing. I used Newman’s Own this time.

I love adding a handful of arugula to the salad. Peppery, fresh…and so pretty.

Be prepared for a simple, light, and perfectly delicious summer couscous salad.


Almond Artichoke Summer Couscous

10 ounce box Near East Couscous

15 ounce can artichoke hearts, chopped

1 cup slivered almonds

1 cup sun dried tomatoes

1 cup fresh shredded or grated Parmesan Cheese

1/4 cup Italian dressing of choice

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

A handful of Arugula leaves

1. Cook couscous according to package directions. Toss to fluff and chill until cooled.

2. Add rest of ingredients, stirring to combine. Serve or chill until ready to serve.

Makes 8 servings


Have a great week! Come back soon 🙂

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52 Responses
  1. Ellen W

    I made this with quinoa – great summer salad. For some reason my tomatoes seemed tough, even after soaking them so I’m thinking I may try it next time with red bell peppers.

  2. We love couscous in our home. It is so fast and easy. However we are certainly in need for a new take on an old dish. Thanks for the inspiration.

  3. This is the perfect summer salad recipe, one that I’ve been looking for. I plan on making this tomorrow, with an additional “plus one” — a little green onion. (I pretty much add onion to almost everything, it seems).

    I love your stream — to able to see home means so much to me. (My husband’s career moved us to the south, heartbroken). So thank you for all of the pretty, pretty pictures! – Laurie716

  4. I love couscous! It is my go to side dish when time is tight. This salad sounds like a tasty easy twist on my usual version of couscous – the carton of Near East couscous with pine nuts.

  5. Risa

    This looks great!! A perfect meal to make when you don’t want to turn on the oven in those hot summer days! I can’t wait to try it…I forwarded the recipe to all my coworkers!

  6. I love all your summer recipes! So light and fresh! What a gun last picture! Ok so what’s your fav thing you can’t live without in the kitchen?

  7. Ali

    Looks awesome! This would probably be good with quinoa too. I’m on a bit of a quinoa kick right now. ๐Ÿ˜€

    1. Peggy

      I am trying it with Quinoa today because my sister in law is gluten free. I’ve never used Quinoa, but my daughter saw it and wanted to eat it for breakfast!

  8. Jenny, this sounds like the perfect summer salad. I’d probably replace the artichokes with something else, but everything else is perfect! Really light and refreshing salad.

    1. I agree Dara, love having salads like this in my fridge all week ๐Ÿ™‚ I’ll have to try the whole wheat couscous too ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. This is such a perfect summer salad – enough to be substantial enough to keep you full but light enough for the time of year. Thank you!

  10. Sundried tomatoes (the dry ones in the packets, not the ones in a vat of oil) are some of the best things EVER

    And so are artichokes. Love.Them. Did you know TJ’s sells frozen arti hearts and you can just pop a handful out of the bag, let them come up to room temp, and you’re all set? They changed my life b/c I dont always need a whole can. And dont always want the salt water bath from the canned juice.

    Just a hot tip for ya b/c I know you’re a TJs girl like me since you recognized my sunflowers from TJs in my instagram pic ๐Ÿ™‚

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