Couscous and Chick-Pea Salad – Healthy Option

Couscous and chick-pea salad is healthy, full of flavor, texture, and perfect for lunch, sides, and snacking.

The Backstory: Couscous, a delicious and healthy grain (it’s actually a tiny pasta!) made from wheat or barley, originated in North Africa. Similar to rice, noodles, and potatoes in other cultures, it was typically served with hearty stews on top of it, allowing the juices and flavorings to be absorbed by the grains. More of the Backstory after the recipe

Couscous and Chick-Pea Salad

This delicious and healthy salad is rich in flavor, texture, and crunch. It is a perfect side dish for chicken, fish, or meat, or served on its own as a light lunch or snack.
Course Lunch, Salad, Sides
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 4 servings


  • 1 2/3 cups chicken broth
  • 1 cup dried instant couscous
  • 1/3 cup cooked chickpeas (garbanzo beans), canned, drained
  • 2/3 cup peas and carrots, frozen, thawed and drained
  • 1/4 cup green or red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 tbsp. purple onions, minced or finely diced
  • 2 tbsp. dried currants


  1. Bring chicken broth to a boil. Add couscous. Cover pot and remove from heat. Let stand, covered for 5 minutes. Fluff with a fork.
  2. Add chickpeas and the remaining ingredients and toss.

Recipe Notes


Nutrition Information Per Serving
Calories:  230
Total Fat: 3g
Saturated Fat: 0g
Trans Fat: 0g
Cholesterol: 0mg
Protein: 9g
Carbohydrates: 42g
Sodium: 540mg
Fiber: 4g

…The Backstory continues: Today’s couscous recipes are created similarly, allowing the couscous to act like a sponge and soak up the the sauce or seasonings from the main component of the recipe. My recipe for Couscous and Chick-Pea Salad works much the same way, with golden chicken broth, currants, onions, peppers and other spices ready to flavor the pasta.Book cover image

You can find this recipe and many more in my latest cookbook, Healthy Meals for Your Busy Life. In my new book, I’ve created a collection of delicious and satisfying meals from Lemon Poppy Seed Cake to Marinated Cucumber Salad — that you can prepare in 30 minutes or less. I know you’ll love them and that they’ll leave you feeling full, satisfied, and happy that you’ve made healthful choices that don’t sacrifice on taste!


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Franceen Friefeld, RD., LD., P.H.Ec.

Franceen Friefeld, RD., LD., P.H.Ec.

Franceen is one of country's leading voices in nutrition and health with 30 + years of experience as a senior food management executive, author, speaker, and TV host. Fran's followers adore her because she believes you should be able to have your kugel and not feel guilty about it. Her recipes, humor, and realistic approach to enjoying food and cutting through the hype of fad diets and quick fixes are what make her approach to a balanced lifestyle loved by so many.
Franceen Friefeld, RD., LD., P.H.Ec.

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