Couscous Salad with Turkey and Arugula

  • Active Time 15m
  • Total Time 15m

Serves 4

Sweet raisins, crunchy nuts, spicy arugula — this couscous salad boasts an interesting array of flavors and textures. We include strips of roasted or smoked turkey to make it a meal, but you can leave them out for a meatless salad.


  • For Couscous:
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/3 cups couscous
  • 1/3 cup raisins
  • For Walnuts:
  • 1/3 cup walnuts
  • For Dressing:
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice (from about 1 lemon)
  • 6 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh-ground black pepper
  • For Salad:
  • 2 carrots, grated
  • 1 1/2-pound piece cooked turkey, cut crosswise into thin strips
  • 5 ounces arugula, tough stems removed, leaves washed and chopped (about 3 cups)


FOR COUSCOUS: In a medium saucepan, bring the water and 1/2 teaspoon of the salt to a boil. Stir in the couscous and raisins. Cover, remove from the heat, and let stand for 5 minutes. Transfer the couscous and raisins to a large bowl to cool.

FOR WALNUTS: Meanwhile, in a small frying pan, toast the walnuts over moderately low heat, stirring frequently, until golden brown, about 5 minutes. Or toast the nuts in a 350 degree F oven for 10 minutes. Remove the nuts from the pan and chop them.

FOR DRESSING: In a large glass or stainless steel bowl, whisk together the lemon juice, 1/4 teaspoon of the salt, and the pepper. Add the oil slowly, whisking.

FOR SALAD: Toss the carrots, the toasted nuts, the turkey, the arugula and the remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt with the cooled couscous. Toss the salad into the dressing.

Tip: You can substitute 3 cups of shredded watercress or spinach leaves for the arugula. WINE RECOMMENDATION:
 It may surprise you to learn that Germany and Austria make good red wines, racy with brilliantly pure berry flavors. Look for Germany's dornfelder or Austria's Zweigelt for a brisk change of pace.

Recipe reprinted by permission of Food and Wine. All rights reserved.

RecID 2907

nutrition information per serving

689 calories; 22g total fat; 141mg cholesterol; 699mg sodium; 60g carbohydrates; 5g fiber; 60g protein

These nutrition facts are calculated according to the ingredients listed in this recipe. Any substitutions will change these facts. Although we strive for accuracy, please note that food manufacturers occasionally change their food formulas, which could affect the calculations as shown.

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