Are you looking for the the perfect healthy summer salad recipe? West Elm DC asked wellness warrior Alexandra Dawson to share her summer favorite!

Loaded with an abundance of raw summertime herby favorites; fresh mint, cilantro, wispy aromatic dill-crunchy pistachios and peppery arugula, this unapologetically green salad is a flavor explosion in the best possible way. Perfect for picnics, barbecues or ‘just-because’, serve with a side of ripe avocado and bright summer sunshine.

Healthy summer salad recipe | west elm

Green Couscous and Pistachio Salad [serves 6]

    1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
    1 medium yellow onion, peeled and very thinly sliced into rings
    1 teaspoon ground cumin
    2 cups fresh cilantro
    ½ cup fresh parsley
    ½ cup fresh dill
    ¼ cup fresh mint
    ¼cup extra virgin olive oil
    2 cups couscous, cooked
    1 cup raw pistachios, roughly chopped
    ¼ cup green onions, thinly sliced
    6 cups baby arugula

Nutritional Information [per serving = 1 1⁄2 cups]
300 Calories, 21g Fat, 21.5g Carbohydrates, 4g Fiber, 2.5g Sugar, 7.7g Protein.

Healthy summer salad recipe | west elm

Step 1

In a medium skillet over medium-high heat, heat olive oil until just shimmering. Add the onion then sauté them until soft and golden (about 4-5 minutes). Stir in cumin then set aside and allow to cool to room temperature.

Healthy summer salad recipe | west elm

Step 2

In a large food processor fitted with an S-blade, pulse the cilantro, parsley, dill, mint, and 1⁄4 cup extra virgin olive oil until finely chopped. Set aside.

Healthy summer salad recipe | west elm

Step 3

In a large bowl, gently combine sautéed onion, herb mixture, couscous, pistachios, green onions, and baby arugula until evenly distributed. Transfer to serving bowl and enjoy!


Alexandra Dawson is a Washington, DC based wellness warrior, passionate vegan & yogi. With a background in neuropsychology, nutrition, and dietetics, Alexandra writes a lifestyle and recipe website, promoting plant based nutrition, healthful and positive living, and #GoddessVibes. You can also find her on her beautifully impassioned Instagram @TallulahAlexandra.

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Josh @ The Kentucky Gent

June 8, 2015

Yum – this looks like a delicious salad for these warmer months.

Josh | The Kentucky Gent

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