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Couscous Salad with Peaches and Arugula

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Nothing screams summer like sweet and juicy peaches! Little balls of sunshine that are so versatile, you can serve them as dessert or mixed in a Couscous Salad with Peaches and Arugula. The sweetness balances out the sharp flavor of the arugula, and the balsamic dressing pulls all of the flavors together…..

rectangle blue bowl filled with arugula, peaches and couscous salad

Toasted pine nuts and almonds add the perfect crunch to offset the pearl {Israeli} couscous. This salad was absolutely perfect at our recent tapas party. It’s also very simple to throw together!

How to make Couscous Salad with Peaches and Arugula:

Start by cooking and thoroughly draining the couscous, and set it aside. Peel, pit, and dice the peaches, and set aside. Toast the pine nuts and almonds…..

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and set aside to cool. Place the couscous, arugula, peaches, and mint in a large bowl…..

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Whisk dressing together in a small bowl, then drizzle over the salad…..

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Toss to combine.

Just before serving, add the pine nuts and sliced almonds and toss to combine…..

oval blue bowl filled with couscous salad with peaches and arugula sitting on a napkin with a fresh peach in the upper left corner

Serve with a warm baguette and softened goat cheese…..

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Since it was a party, we also had Sweet and Spicy Almonds…..

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Marinated Olives and Mushrooms…..

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Grilled Shrimp on skewers and Albondigas {Spanish Meatballs}…..

a blue bowl filled with meatballs and sitting on a yellow striped napkin

And we then washed it all down with a refreshing Summer Berry Sangria…..

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I thought for sure that we would all be stuffed by the end of the meal, but it was surprisingly light. All in all, it was the perfect way to start the summer and forget all about that fluffy white stuff!!

Yes, I said forget! I am moving West this summer and will happily eventually forget all about the ice, snow, freezing drizzle, and -35 degree wind chills. 🙂


rectangle blue bowl filled with arugula, peaches and couscous salad

Couscous Salad with Peaches and Arugula

Celebrate summer with this light and refreshing Couscous Salad with Peaches and Arugula.
5 from 2 votes
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Course: Appetizer, Salad
Cuisine: Mediterranean, Spanish
Keyword: couscous, peaches, arugula, salad, recipe, tapas
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 6 Servings
Calories: 272kcal
Author: Lisa Johnson


For the Salad

  • 1 cup cooked pearl {Israeli} couscous
  • 4 cups arugula
  • 2 peaches peeled, pitted, and diced
  • ¼ cup toasted pine nuts
  • ¼ cup sliced almonds toasted
  • ¼ cup chopped, fresh mint leaves

For the Dressing

  • 3 Tablespoons Walnut or Almond oil
  • 3 Tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • sea salt and pepper to taste


  • Cook and drain couscous, set aside.
  • Toast the pine nuts and almonds, set aside.
  • Whisk together dressing ingredients until well combined, set aside.
  • Place couscous, arugula, mint, and peaches in a large bowl.
  • Add the dressing and toss to combine.
  • Just before serving, add the pine nuts and almonds. Toss to combine.


This recipe can be used as an appetizer for 6 servings, or as a starter salad with 4 servings.


Calories: 272kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 9mg | Potassium: 286mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 560IU | Vitamin C: 5.9mg | Calcium: 54mg | Iron: 1.3mg

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  1. This looks amazing! I am always looking for new healthy side dishes to try. YUM!! I would love for you to share this at our weekly link party ,The Mommy Club, that starts every Tuesday night.

  2. I can’t wait for some fresh peaches to make this … yum! Actually, everything here looks amazing! Looks like it was fun party 🙂

  3. This looks incredible! Pinned and tweeted. We appreciate you taking the time to party with us. I hope to see you tonight at 7 pm.. Happy Monday! Lou Lou Girls

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