Holiday Couscous Salad

12. 20. 2017

Are you looking for a healthy holiday side dish that will complement the holiday ham or turkey but won’t lead to heartburn? Try a recipe featuring a whole grain like couscous. Couscous is made of semolina wheat, and it is a great food for those who suffer from acid reflux. Couscous has healthy complex carbohydrates which can help soothe the stomach and prevent acid from traveling back into the esophagus. It is also low-fat and contains fiber, protein and iron.

You can always serve a simple dish of couscous with a pinch of herbs and a drizzle of olive oil, or you can get creative and mix in some vegetables. To prevent heartburn, it is best to consume foods that are low in acid, so couscous with herbs and vegetables is a great option! In this Holiday Couscous Salad, the fresh green and red veggies provide a nice hint of holiday color.

Couscous Salad Ingredients (serves 5-6):

1 cup dry golden couscous

1 ¼ cups water

¾ cup canned chickpeas (garbanzo beans), drained

¾ cup English cucumber, diced

½ cup red bell pepper, diced

1 tbsp cilantro, finely chopped

¼ tsp sea salt

½ tsp pepper

1 tbsp olive oil + extra to drizzle

garlic and sea salt grinder (optional)


  1. Pour water in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil.
  2. Add dry couscous and stir. Remove from heat and let stand, covered, for 5 minutes while couscous absorbs the water. Then fluff with a fork.
  3. Stir in chickpeas, diced cucumbers, peppers, olive oil, cilantro, sea salt and pepper.
  4. Serve warm or refrigerate and serve cold. Drizzle a little extra olive oil over it before serving. Optional: Grind some garlic and sea salt over the top.

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