kale and couscous salad with pecans
August 08, 2023

Recipe: Royalty Pecan & Kale Couscous

2013 Royalty Pecans™ Recipe Challenge Winner

Healthiest Recipe

This recipe was submitted by Michelle in Minnesota.


  • 1 cup cooked pearl couscous
  • 1 cup fresh chopped kale
  • 1 Granny Smith green apple, chopped
  • ½ cup chopped Royalty Pecans
  • 3 tbsp. chopped green onions
  • 1 cup drained garbanzo beans
  • ½ cup dried cranberries
  • 4 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil (or try our cold-pressed Pecan Oil)
  • 2 tbsp. balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tbsp. fresh orange juice
  • 1 tsp. minced garlic
  • 1 tsp. dried tarragon
  • 1 tsp. dried thyme
  • Dash of salt & pepper to taste


In a small bowl, whisk together olive oil, balsamic vinegar, orange juice, garlic, tarragon, thyme, salt, and pepper. Set aside.

Cook couscous according to package. When cooked, drain and set aside.

In a large bowl, combine kale, apple, green onions, garbanzo beans, and cranberries. Add the olive oil and herb dressing. Stir in chopped pecans.

Serve as a healthy side dish or lunch salad along with your choice of protein.