Chickpea & Cranberry Couscous Salad


Welcome to our Cigi Recipe Box! This is the place where Cigi staff share their favourite recipes featuring Canadian field crops. This delicious recipe comes from Patricia Le Sann. 


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1 ¼ C chicken stock

1 C dried whole wheat couscous

¼ tsp each of turmeric, ginger, cinnamon, salt & pepper, cayenne

1 C dried cranberries, 1 medium diced zucchini, carrot, red/green/yellow peppers

3 chopped green onions

2 C cooked chickpeas

1 tsp roasted flax seeds

¼ C each of lemon juice & canola oil

Zest of whole lemon



Combine stock and spices, bring to a boil. Stir in couscous, remove from heat, cover and let stand for 5 minutes. Transfer to large bowl and let cool to room temperature. Break up any couscous lumps with fingers and add the cranberries and chickpeas. Sauté zucchini and carrots in 1 T canola oil for 4 minutes on high, then add to couscous, cranberries, and chickpeas. Add green onions and flax seeds. Optional: chop in bell peppers for colour (I sometimes add chopped black olives and cherry tomatoes). Add lemon zest and juice with canola oil. Refrigerate for at least one hour. Garnish with fresh parsley.

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Here’s what Patricia had to say about why she chose this recipe:

“I love this recipe with all the bright, colourful vegetables. These are ingredients that I always have on hand, so it is so easy to zip up and create this lovely dish for any meal. It is nutritious using whole wheat couscous, chickpeas, flax seeds, canola oil, and garden vegetables. Excellent source of vitamins and iron. Really, it can be served as a meal on its own.  Enjoy!”


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Patricia Le Sann joined Cigi in 2010 as an Executive Assistant to the Chief Executive Officer. In this role, Patricia assists in day to day activities for the CEO, Board of Directors, and senior management team. As well, she helps in the Program department with acquiring visas and flight itineraries on international travel for Cigi staff, as well as in contracting interpreters for the various programs held at Cigi as well as offshore. Prior to joining Cigi, Patricia owned a travel agency employing a small staff who shared an exciting career in the travel industry for almost 30 years. Patricia was raised on a cereal farm in Elie, Manitoba, so is not a stranger to agriculture.