Couscous with Mango and Cucumber

Sweet mangoes combine with Israeli couscous in this summery salad. The key here is balance, with each ingredient contributing a part but not overwhelming the others. Israeli couscous is sometimes called “pearl couscous” or “giant pasta pearls.”

YIELD 8 servings
PREP 10 mins
COOK 30 mins


2 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth (or vegetable broth)
1/2 cup water
1 (6.3-ounce box) Israeli couscous (such as Casbah)
2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
2 cups chopped mango
2 cups chopped English cucumber, unpeeled
1 cup chopped cilantro
2 tablespoons honey
Juice of 1 lime
1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
1/4 teaspoon ground white pepper


1. Combine broth and water in a large saucepan; bring to a boil. Add couscous; cover and cook, stirring occasionally, until liquid is absorbed and couscous is al dente. Remove from heat and place into a mixing bowl. Stir in 1 tablespoon olive oil to prevent grains from sticking. Let cool.
2. Add mango, cucumber and cilantro; toss well.
3. Whisk together honey, lime juice, remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil, salt and pepper. Pour over couscous; mix well.

Per serving: 160 Calories, 3.5g Fat, 0mg Cholesterol, 140mg Sodium, 30g Carbohydrate, 2g Fiber, 4g Protein

This recipe is by Jan Karetnick and originally appeared as Israeli Couscous with Mango and Cucumber on with photography by Mark Boughton and styling by Teresa Blackburn.

For more couscous salads on, check out the following:

Mediterranean Bowl of Giant Couscous
Pesto Shrimp with Couscous
Couscous and Chicken Salad


Janice Thompson
Janice Thompson3 years ago

I believe that is the best couscous recipe I have ever seen.

Elena T.
Elena Poensgen3 years ago

Thank you :)

Jennifer L.
Jennifer L3 years ago

I have all of these ingredients on hand. Thanks!

Lynn C.
Lynn C3 years ago

Thank you

Katherine May Williams

Yummy. Yes please.

M Quann
M Q3 years ago

Thank you, sounds good.

Anna Ballinger
Anna Ballinger3 years ago

Sounds good. I will be giving this a try.

Lucas Kolasa
Lucas Kolasa3 years ago


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Carole R.
Carole R3 years ago

Anything with mango has my vote.