Nutrients per serving

  • Calories  121
  • Protein  3 g
  • Carbohydrates  14 g
  • Fat  6 g
  • Cholesterol  4 mg
  • Sodium  167 mg
  • Potassium  105 mg
  • Phosphorus  51 mg
  • Calcium  47 mg
  • Fiber  1.4 g

Crunchy Couscous Salad

When the weather is warm, you can’t beat a salad to be light and satisfying. Here’s a new kidney-friendly recipe that’s cool, flavorful and easy to prepare—Crunchy Couscous Salad from DaVita dietitian Carol.

Diet types:

  • CKD non-dialysis
  • Dialysis
  • Diabetes

Recipe submitted by DaVita dietitian Carol from Wisconsin.

Portions: 6     Serving size: 1/2 cup


  • 1 medium cucumber
  • 1/2 cup red bell pepper
  • 1/4 cup sweet onion
  • 2 tablespoon black olives
  • 1/4 cup flat-leaf parsley
  • 1/2 cup couscous, uncooked
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons unseasoned rice vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons feta cheese crumbles
  • 1-1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper 


  1. Thinly slice and quarter cucumbers. Chop bell pepper, onion, olives and parsley.
  2. In a medium saucepan heat water to a boil and add couscous.  Return to boiling. Remove pan from heat, cover and let stand for 5 minutes. Fluff with a fork and let cool while preparing vegetables.
  3. Add cucumber, bell pepper, onion, olives and parsley to couscous.
  4. Combine olive oil, wine or vinegar, feta cheese, basil, salt and pepper to make dressing. Mix with the couscous salad.
  5. Refrigerate at least 1 hour. Serve chilled.

Renal and renal diabetic food choices

  • 1 vegetable, low potassium
  • 1/2 starch
  • 1 fat 

Carbohydrate choices


Helpful hints

  • Add cooked chicken breast chunks or slices for a delicious light lunch or supper.

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Crunchy Couscous Salad

Blackstone says:


Leached all vegetables overnight using yellow pepper, omit olives, herbs,1/2 amount of salt, no pepper, used Quinoa instead of Coucoucus. Dietitian comment: Sounds great[INVALID]thanks for sharing. One note on the quinoa substitution[INVALID]it's quite a bit higher in potassium and phosphorus compared to couscous (194 mg potassium and 92 mg phosphorus per serving of the prepared recipe). For those limiting these 2 minerals stick with couscous or discuss with your dietitian.

Oct. 24, 2014, 8:17 AM - Inappropriate review?

Crunchy Couscous Salad

Linda39 says:


Would this be good with Israeli couscous or will be make it too chewy? My husband doesn't much care for the small stuff. Also, it's hard to rate a recipe when I haven't tried it, but it looks like it would be very good.

Jun. 11, 2014, 9:36 AM - Inappropriate review?

Crunchy Couscous Salad

1965bailey says:


I made this with quinoa, and we really liked it. Quinoa gives more texture and is a protein, which my husband needs more of in his diet. Dietitian comment: Quinoa is much higher in potassium and phosphorus than couscous. If you are limiting these minerals I do not recommend this change.

Aug. 10, 2013, 11:10 AM - Inappropriate review?

Crunchy Couscous Salad

teachwalking says:


Will it make any difference if I add saffron when I am soaking my couscous before adding it to the couscousierre to steam? I guess I don't want to lose the flavor of saffron, but I don't know if saffron has problems for the CKD non-dialysis diet. Moderator comment: Saffron is acceptable for a kidney diet. 1 teaspoon contains only 12 mg potassium, 1 mg sodium and 2 mg phosphorus--very low!

Oct. 16, 2011, 9:14 AM - Inappropriate review?

Crunchy Couscous Salad

ssculver says:


Made this for my fiance & I. Could use less oil, as he thought it had too much. I found it to be better the 2nd day.

Aug. 09, 2011, 2:01 PM - Inappropriate review?

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