Cherry Apple Avocado Salad With a Couscous Crunch


I finally went to the grocery store yesterday and picked up fresh produce. I want to start making more salads at home rather than dining out all the time. I bought new dressings and more ingredients for the salad fixes. Plus making salads is quick, involves less clean up, and they’re filling. Today for lunch, I made a apple cherry avocado salad . I had been looking for a new “crunch” for my salads and started playing around with different ingredients. I can’t wait for you to try this salad and experience the new crunch!


Ingredients: *4 Cups Spring Mix Lettuce, *2 Tablespoons of Salad Dressing, *5-7 fresh cherries pitted and diced, *1/2 small apple, *1/2 medium avocado, *1/2 medium cucumber, and *1/4 cup uncooked couscous.

Since I’m adding fruit to the salad, I chose a neutral vinaigrette dressing. You don’t want anything too savory with the mixture of fruit. I couldn’t imagine biting into a cherry dipped in ranch. Raspberry vinaigrette, honey mustard, and red wine vinaigrette are great options.


Wash the cucumber and add it to the salad before the avocado and before you add the dressing.


You can add more vegetables into your salad like radishes, carrots, zucchini, broccoli, onions, or bell peppers.


Add the two tablespoons of dressing and toss the cucumber and lettuce.


Top the dressed salad with avocado, apples, cherries, and uncooked couscous. Not only does the couscous look absolutely adorable on the salad, but it gives it a healthy crunch. They kind of taste like ramen noodles before they’re cooked. It’s just a healthier alternative to croutons.


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  • Sila

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  • Sandra

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  • Katie

    I know this salad doesn’t have chicken, but when you put chicken on salads I know you have said you like it cold. How do you cook and store it? Also, I think Taralynn probably knows that it is possible to make your own salad dressing, but sometimes when living a healthy lifestyle we need to cut corners somewhere to make time for other parts of our lives! Keep doin what you do girl, I love it!!

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  • Kit-Kat

    I love couscous! I’ve never ever tried it uncooked before, so I’m going to give this recipe a go! 😀

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  • Tiffany

    When I put fruits on my salads I add Greek yogurt instead of dressing.

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  • Livi @ Eat, Pray, Work It Out

    I love adding fruit to a summer salad for some fun extra flavor!

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  • Vicky

    This looks amazing, will definitely be trying this out!

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  • Erin

    it really surprises me that you purchase bottled salad dressing instead of making your own. it’s super easy! all you need is a blender, an acid (vinegar), a fat (olive oil, bacon fat, avocado oil, coconut oil), an emulsifier (mustard, raw egg yolk), kosher salt, freshly ground pepper, a bit of sweetener, and whatever else you want! It’s best to use room temperature ingredients. Add all ingredients to a blender except the oil, then blend for a few seconds. While the blender is still running, slowly drizzle in whatever fat you use. Perfect dressing every time and takes just seconds. No soybean/canola oils and no stabilizers or thickeners. delicious! 🙂

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  • Sara

    That looks awesome!!!! Dinner tonight. Couscous is a great alternative to the yummy ramen crunch. You amaze me sister!!!! I love my shirts too. I have them all lol. Couldn’t resist

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  • Jamie @ ThatDoctorGirl

    Nice idea for a crunch!

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  • Linda @ Fit Fed and Happy

    That last photo…it just looks so delectable I can’t believe it.

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