Low Calorie Dinner Recipe: Citrusy Couscous and Edamame Salad

Low Calorie Edamame Couscous (Vegetarian, Lunch Friendly, Grain Free)Celebrate Whole Grains Month with this vegetarian couscous and edamame salad made with whole-wheat couscous.

Whole-wheat couscous is one of my favorite whole grains because it takes less than 5 minutes to prepare. I often cook a big batch of whole-wheat couscous at the beginning of the week and keep it in the fridge for quick lunch salads and side dishes throughout the week. Stir in chopped fresh or sautéed vegetables, canned beans, cheese and/or nuts, and add a simple vinaigrette for a fast and healthy meal in no time.

Here I’m sharing one of my favorite such salads from the eMeals Low Calorie meal plan. With just 330 calories per serving, 5 grams of filling fiber, and 10 grams of protein, this is a vegetarian recipe that’s hearty enough for a main dish and simple enough for a packable lunch.

Low Calorie Dinner Recipe: Citrusy Couscous and Edamame Salad
  • 1 (7.6-oz) box whole-wheat couscous
  • 11/2 cups frozen shelled edamame
  • 21/2 cups fresh baby spinach, coarsely chopped
  • ½ cup thinly sliced green onions
  • ⅓ cup dried cranberries
  • ¼ cup chopped dry-roasted peanuts
  • Juice of 1 navel orange
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • ½ teaspoon salt, ½ teaspoon pepper
  1. Cook couscous and edamame according to package directions.
  2. Combine couscous, edamame, spinach, onions, cranberries and peanuts in a large bowl.
  3. Whisk together orange juice, oil, vinegar, honey, salt and pepper in a small bowl.
  4. Pour dressing over couscous mixture; toss to coat.
  5. Divide into 6 servings.

What’s your favorite whole grain? Let us know in the comments.

5 thoughts on “Low Calorie Dinner Recipe: Citrusy Couscous and Edamame Salad

  1. Narah

    This recipe was on our meal plan this week. I don’t know who came up with it, but they are my hero. Actually all the recipes on the low calorie menu plan are far superior to most restaurants. Emeals ROCKS!

  2. Tara

    Hi! It looks like the spinach is cooked down in the photo provided. Does this happen as an effect from the hot couscous and edamame or does it need to be cooked down?

    1. Ashley Leath - Menu Editor

      Hi Tara,

      There’s no need to cook the spinach. It will wilt slightly due to the hot couscous. Hope you enjoy the recipe!

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