Couscous, Lentil and Chickpea Salad #SundaySupper

[ 49 ] November 3, 2013 |

Couscous, Lentil and Chickpea Salad. Healthy and Colorful.

Gathering the family around the table and connecting after a busy week, that’s what Sunday Supper is all about. This week’s Sunday Supper centers on Middle Eastern cooking with a recipe for couscous, lentil and chickpea salad.

I always love the flavors and the different combinations of colors and textures in Middle Eastern cuisine, and this couscous, lentil, and chickpea salad is a perfect example. It’s also a wonderful meal for vegetarian and vegan diets, with healthy, all natural ingredients.

Couscous, Lentil and Chickpea Salad. Healthy and Colorful.

Growing up in Quebec, our family didn’t experience many Middle Eastern foods, although lentils were a staple in our cuisine. I didn’t discover couscous for many years. Our Sunday dinners were traditionally a meat and potatoes affair spent gathered around my grandparents’ huge table. There was usually a big crowd and lots of food—huge quantities of food. My grandmother always made so much, making sure everybody had plenty.


I love those memories of Sunday dinners with the family around my grandmother’s table. That’s what Sunday Supper is all about. I’m so pleased to be part of this movement so that the tradition can live on. With our busy lives, we often forget what food is all about. We forget that food is meant to be enjoyed and shared with the people we care about. Food and love go hand in hand.

Couscous, Lentil and Chickpea Salad. Healthy and Colorful.


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Couscous, Lentil and Chickpea Salad #SundaySupper
Serves: 4
  • 1 cup couscous
  • Salt and black pepper
  • 1 ¼ cup boiling water
  • ⅔ cup cooked chickpeas
  • ½ cup cooked lentil
  • ¼ cup dried cranberries
  • 2 green onions thinly sliced
  • 2 Tablespoons chopped mint
  • 3 Tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
  • Zest of 1 lemon,
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 4 Tablespoons olive oil
  1. Put the couscous in a shallow bowl. Add a pinch of salt to the boiling water, and pour this over the couscous to cover. Cover the bowl and set aside for 15 minutes so the couscous soaks up the liquid. Uncover, fluff up the couscous with a fork, then set aside to cool down.
  2. Transfer the cool couscous to a mixing bowl, add the chickpeas, lentils, and cranberries, and toss. Add green onion, herbs, lemon zest, garlic, and lemon juice. Stir gently to combine, then stir in olive oil and season to taste.

Join me and the other #SundaySupper bloggers  for some amazing dishes? We’d love to share some Middle Eastern hospitality with you!


Sunday Supper Movement

Mezze {Appetizers}

Salata {Salads and Sides}


Halwa {Desserts}

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Couscous, Lentil and Chickpea Salad. Healthy and Colorful.

Marie Poulin
Marie Poulin is a passionate food blogger and professional personal chef who enjoys sharing her healthy, inventive, recipes. You can find her on social media and subscribe to her blog to receive instant blog updates and receive a free ebook, Tasty Quinoa Recipes!

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Category: Healthy Choices, Salads

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  1. Liz says:

    Such a tasty, beautiful salad! I wish I had a big bowl of this in my fridge for lunch!!!

  2. Shaina says:

    This is a perfect blend of delicious Middle Eastern flavors and ingredients. I’ve made similar salads, but I’m definitely going to try this one next!

  3. How delicious! I love the cranberries in there

  4. This couscous salad is beautiful!! I’d love to make this one!

  5. This looks like the perfect salad to make a huge batch of then eat for lunches throughout the week. Thanks for sharing!

  6. I bet my daughter and I could eat this entire salad in one setting… this is exactly our kind of meal!

  7. This not only sounds wonderful, it is a gorgeous dish!!

  8. Renee says:

    A great big welcome to Sunday Supper and what a beautiful salad you have brought to the event.

  9. Hezzi-D says:

    I haven’t cooked much with lentils but I’d like to give them another try…especially with couscous which is one of my favorites!

  10. Your dinners with your grandparent sound wonderful, Marie. And your photos and recipe have me rethinking my opinion about couscous. I could definitely dive into a bowl of your yummy looking couscous. =)

  11. The flavors in this sounds wonderful, Marie!

  12. Stacy says:

    The cranberries are a great addition, Marie. We love salads with couscous at our house so I know this would be a hit!

  13. Long ago when I was single, working crazy hours, and living it up in the city, I used to eat couscous everyday! Quicker to make than rice and so flavorful. I think this is a good time to introduce it to the kids! Thanks for sharing!

  14. Marie,

    This looks incredible. I love the colors and can almost taste the dish just looking at the pictures!

  15. Natasha says:

    A great recipe, a fully flavored salad with classic ingredients from the Mediterranean Diet.

  16. I used to make cous cous salads all the time, but it has been a while since I’ve made one. Need to change that with this recipe.

  17. I love all three of these ingredients! I can only imagine how great they’d be together!

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