Baby Kale and Warm Couscous Salad


This recipe for warm couscous salad was a “15 minutes or less” entry in the Fast & Fresh Dairy-Free Time Trials Recipe Contest, submitted by reader Christina Coopman.

Kale and Couscous Salad Recipe

Christina says, “This warm couscous salad recipe is easily doubled to make dinner for 4, or make a big batch and serve as a side salad at a potluck. For meat eaters, substitute tofu with leftover chicken for a quick meal.”

Special Diet Notes & Options: Baby Kale and Warm Couscous Salad

By ingredients, this recipe is dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, peanut-free, vegan, and vegetarian.

For soy-free couscous salad, use Christina’s chicken alternative for the tofu (not a vegan / vegetarian option).

Baby Kale and Warm Couscous Salad
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Serves: 2 meal size salads
  • ½ cup So Delicious Dairy Free Unsweetened Coconut Milk Beverage
  • ⅓ cup couscous
  • 1 teaspoon vegetable bouillon powder
  • ½ teaspoon cumin
  • 4 cups loosely packed baby kale
  • 1 large orange (roughly 1 cup cubed)
  • ½ cup pecan pieces
  • ½ cup dried cranberries
  • ¼ lemon
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 green onions
  • ⅓ cup crumbled firm tofu
  • Pepper to taste
  1. Bring coconut milk, cumin and vegetable bouillon powder to a boil in a pot. Add couscous and dried cranberries, cover and remove from heat. Let stand 5 minutes.
  2. While couscous is cooking, remove peel form orange and cube. Place into a bowl with pecans and baby kale.
  3. Crumble tofu in separate bowl, add salt and pepper and squeeze the juice of ¼ lemon into it. Mix and set aside.
  4. Slice green onions for garnish.
  5. Toss couscous and olive oil with the kale mixture.
  6. Serve onto 2 plates and top with crumbled tofu and green onions. Eat immediately and enjoy.

About Author

Alisa is the founder of, Food Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living, and the new cookbook, Eat Dairy Free: Your Essential Cookbook for Everyday Meals, Snacks, and Sweets. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.

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