Almond Artichoke Summer Couscous

This Almond Artichoke Summer Couscous is an easy, light and healthy side dish or appetizer to go along with your meal. It’s the perfect summer salad recipe!

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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!

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How to Make this Simple Side Dish

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

Image of Artichoke Hearts

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

Image of Couscous and Artichoke Hearts in a Salad Bowl

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

Image of Adding Almonds to the Salad

Toss in your slivered almonds.

Image of Almonds in the Salad Bowl

Almonds=Love 🙂

Image of Adding Sundried Tomatoes to the Salad

Some sun dried tomatoes.

Image of Adding Kosher Salt to the Salad

A little kosher salt.

Image of Adding Pepper to the Salad

Add some freshly ground black pepper.

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Fresh Parmesan Cheese 🙂

Image of Italian Dressing being Poured onto Salad

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

Image of Adding Arugula to the Salad

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

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

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Almond Artichoke Summer Couscous Salad in a large serving bowl.

Almond Artichoke Summer Couscous

This Almond Artichoke Summer Couscous is an easy, light and healthy side dish or appetizer to go along with your meal. It's the perfect summer salad recipe!
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: West African
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 351kcal
Author: Jenny
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  • Stove


  • 10 oz box couscous
  • 15 oz can artichoke hearts chopped
  • 1 cup almonds slivered
  • 1 cup sundried tomatoes
  • 1 cup parmesan cheese shredded or grated
  • 1/4 cup Italian dressing
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 handful arugula leaves


  • Cook couscous according to package directions. Toss to fluff and chill until cooled.
  • Add rest of ingredients, stirring to combine. Serve or chill until ready to serve.


Calories: 351kcal | Carbohydrates: 42g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 9mg | Sodium: 653mg | Potassium: 683mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 277IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 223mg | Iron: 2mg
Keywords: couscous recipe, couscous salad, couscous salad recipe, how to make couscous, summer appetizer, summer salad, summer side dish


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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. Lisa

    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. LC

    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. The Undercover Cook

    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. Jamie | My Baking Addiction

    This is the perfect salad for these crazy hot temperatures! I LOVE the addition of the artichokes.

  6. alyssa - fashion fitness foodie

    that is the perfect summer dish! i was just saying how the couscous i made the other day had no flavor. gotta make this 🙂

  7. 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!

  8. Emily

    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?

  9. Ali

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

  10. Sommer@ASpicyPerspective

    Hey Jenny, this coucous salad looks amazing. LOVE the sun-dried tomatoes and artichokes. I bet this would be easy to make with quinoa.

    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!

  11. MikeVFMK

    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.

  12. Nourhan @ Miss Anthropist's Kitchen

    Couscous is one of my favorite things EVER! This is an incredible idea for a summer salad

  13. Cookin' Canuck

    This is the kind of salad I could happily eat day after day. I recently started by whole wheat couscous and love the extra kick of fiber.

    1. Jenny

      I agree Dara, love having salads like this in my fridge all week 🙂 I’ll have to try the whole wheat couscous too 🙂

  14. marla {family fresh cooking}

    Looks like we both have summer salads on the brain – lovely Jenny. Love the twine wrapped dinnerware too.xxoo

  15. Kathryn

    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!

  16. Heather (Heather's Dish)

    what a great combination of flavors! i love the flecks of green and red 🙂

  17. Liz (Little Bitty Bakes)

    I love that you can break from cookies and give us something nutritious yet still mouthwatering! I love sundried tomatoes, this sounds great!

    1. Jenny

      Lol! Yes, sometimes we all need a little break from the treats, however it’ll be a very short break 🙂

  18. Kelly

    Oh, this couscous is so gorgeous and bursting with seasonal flavour. I love all the healthful inclusions. Beautiful.

  19. Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga

    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 🙂

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