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Pearl Couscous with Cherries and Spinach

Pair pearl couscous with cherries and spinach for a delicious side salad featuring dried fruits and nuts. Serve this salad in under 30 minutes!
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Mediterranean
Keyword Pearl Couscous with Cherries and Spinach
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 6
Author Ali Randall


  • 1 cup pearl couscous
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 cup dried cherries
  • 1/2 cup baby spinach, chopped
  • 1/4 cup slivered almonds
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 tablespoon fig infused or white balsamic vinegar


  • In a medium pot bring the water and orange juice to a boil. Add the couscous and olive oil. Cover and reduce the heat to low and allow the couscous to cook for about 8 minutes until almost cooked through.
  • Stir in the cherries and continue cooking until couscous is tender, about 3 to 4 minutes longer. Remove the pot from the stove and allow it to cool completely.
  • Add the spinach, almonds and couscous mixture to a boil. Add in the olive oil and balsamic vinegar and stir to coat. Serve immediately or refrigerate until ready to serve.


Recipe updated April 2019