This flavorful vegetarian salad with a honey cumin dressing makes for a great on-the-go lunch for work, school, or picnics.

Prep Time :20 Minutes
Cook Time : 10 Minutes
Total Time : 30 Minutes
Yield : 8


  • Substitute chickpeas with lentils.
  • For easy preparation, buy store-bought matchstick or spiralized carrots.


  • 1 pkg (7 oz) Casbah® Organic Original Couscous
  • 2/3 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1 small shallot, minced
  • 1 tsp lime zest
  • 4 tsp lime juice
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 2 tsp minced ginger
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp each salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • Pinch cayenne pepper
  • 1 can (15 oz) chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 2 cups matchstick-cut carrots
  • 1 cup thinly sliced red pepper
  • 3 green onions, finely sliced
  • 4 Medjool dates, pitted and chopped
  • 1/3 cup crumbled feta
  • 1/4 cup chopped toasted pistachios
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped fresh cilantro
  • 2 tbsp finely chopped fresh mint


  1. Prepare couscous according to package directions. let cool.
  2. Meanwhile, whisk together oil, vinegar, shallot, lime zest, lime juice, honey, ginger, garlic, cumin, salt, pepper, and cayenne.
  3. Toss couscous, dressing, chickpeas, carrots, red pepper, and green onions until well coated. Stir in dates, feta, pistachios, cilantro, and mint.

Latest reviews

Feta cheese substitute?

Rated 5.0 out of 5
November 1, 2021

NOt a review just asking a question. This looks like a totally delicious salad (LOVE the Lime Juice!) but I’m afraid Feta cheese just doesn’t appeal to my taste buds– could you substitute another, similar textured cheese (like perhaps Farmers cheese) for this? I know it won’t be as authentic, and I probably could just leave it out andmove on. Just wanted to get your opinion about it since it’s your recipe.

Nina S

Response from Casbah Natural Foods

Hi there! Thank you for your message! We believe that any cheese would work for this recipe, perhaps goat cheese or any crumbly cheese. Hope this helps!

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