Caribbean Couscous Salad


Mango, bell peppers, and black beans combine with whole-wheat couscous in this Caribbean-inspired grain salad. The ginger-lime dressing has a touch of cayenne pepper and provides just the right amount of zing!

Prep Time:
20 mins
Additional Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
35 mins
10 servings


  • ¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro

  • 3 tablespoons lime juice

  • 2 tablespoons canola oil

  • 1 ½ teaspoons grated fresh ginger or 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger

  • teaspoon salt

  • teaspoon cayenne pepper

  • 1 ¼ cups water

  • 1 cup whole-wheat couscous

  • 1 (15 ounce) can black beans, rinsed and drained

  • 2 cups coarsely shredded fresh spinach

  • 1 medium red bell pepper, seeded and coarsely chopped

  • 1 medium mango, peeled, seeded, and chopped

  • ¼ cup thinly sliced scallions


  1. For dressing, whisk together cilantro, lime juice, oil, ginger, salt, and cayenne pepper. Set aside.

  2. Bring the 1 1/4 cups water to boiling in a medium saucepan. Remove from heat. Stir in couscous; cover and let stand for 5 minutes. Fluff with a fork. Let stand at room temperature about 10 minutes or until cool.

  3. Stir together beans, spinach, bell pepper, mango, and scallions in a large bowl. Add couscous and reserved dressing. Toss to coat. Serve immediately or cover with plastic wrap or foil and chill in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

156 Calories
3g Fat
29g Carbs
6g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 10
Calories 156
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 29g 11%
Dietary Fiber 6g 20%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 6g 13%
Total Fat 3g 4%
Saturated Fat 0g 1%
Vitamin A 1258IU 25%
Vitamin C 27mg 29%
Folate 24mcg 6%
Sodium 142mg 6%
Calcium 37mg 3%
Iron 2mg 8%
Magnesium 10mg 2%
Potassium 201mg 4%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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