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    Fresh, vibrant and so easy to make, this Mediterranean couscous salad recipe makes for a great healthy side dish that is bursting with flavor. Made with feta and olives and tossed in a fresh lemon juice dressing, it’s wonderful to enjoy in the warmer weather.

    couscous salad in a pink plate

    As the weather starts to get warmer, my mind turns to all things salads, and this Mediterranean couscous recipe is one of my favorites.

    Tossed with classic Greek ingredients, there is nothing subtle about this recipe. It makes for a wonderful side to go with your favorite mains and it’s particularly great with salmon and grilled meats.

    Be sure to try my Mediterranean tuna salad and Mediterranean pork and rice.

    Why you will love this recipe!

    • Make ahead: This pearl couscous salad recipe can be made a couple of days ahead of time and is a great option for meal prep or for picnics and cookouts.
    • Quick and easy: It only takes about 20 minutes to make a big batch of this Mediterranean couscous, and most of that time is hands-off cooking.
    • Healthy: Couscous is a whole grain and a great source of fiber. Pair that with the fresh veggies in this recipe and you have a great healthy dish.
    close up of mediterranean couscous salad

    Ingredients for Mediterranean couscous salad

    • Couscous: Low in fat and calories, this grain is quick and easy to cook and I just love its fluffy texture. I used Israeli couscous (also known as pearl couscous) for this recipe, but it will work well with any type.
    • Vegetables: Onions, cucumber, cherry tomatoes, black olives.
    • Feta cheese: This Greek cheese adds a creamy texture and wonderful sharp flavor. You can also use goat’s cheese.
    • Cilantro: For freshness and flavor. If you don’t like cilantro, you can swap it for parsley.
    • Olive oil: You can use extra virgin, regular or light olive oil in this recipe.
    • Lemon juice: Use fresh lemon juice rather than bottled, it’s so much zingier in flavor.
    ingredients for mediterranean couscous

    How to make Mediterranean pearl couscous salad

    • Cook the pearled couscous as per package instructions.
    • In a large bowl, add all the vegetables such as onions, cherry tomatoes, English cucumbers, black olives, fresh cilantro, and cooked couscous.
    • Drizzle lemon juice and olive oil. Sprinkle it with salt and pepper.
    • Using a large spoon, mix or fluff up the ingredients. Serve the couscous salad in a bowl with feta cheese topping.
    how to make couscous salad - process shots

    Dressing for couscous salad

    A combination of fresh lemon juice, light olive oil, and seasoning with salt and pepper provides a simple yet delicious homemade dressing. Try adding a little lemon zest for an extra bit of flavor and nice tang! The ingredients are whisked to create a quick emulsified dressing.

    How long does this pearl couscous salad keep?

    Once you have made your veggie couscous salad, keep it covered in the fridge and it will keep well for up to 2 days. It’s a great option if you are hosting a cookout or attending a potluck as it travels well. It’s also perfect for meal prep and quick lunches.

    Make it a fuller meal

    As it is, this is a delicious side dish, but you can easily turn this Israeli couscous salad into a main meal by adding some protein. Add some cooked shredded chicken, or some chickpeas or marinated tofu for a plant-based option. Serve it on a bed of salad greens and you are good to go!

    mediterranean pearl couscous made with veggies on a plate

    What do you serve it with?

    This Mediterranean couscous salad is great to serve with seafood, meat, chicken, and veggie dishes, and it’s particularly great with grilled foods as it adds a nice freshness to your plate. Try this recipe for cooked couscous with:

    TIPS FROM NELI’S KITCHEN

    Recipe Notes and Tips

    • Cut your veggies fairly small and as evenly as you can so that you get an even mix of everything.
    • You can make your couscous more flavorful by cooking it in vegetable stock rather than water.
    served pearl couscous salad with vegetables on a plate

    More Easy Salads

    Mediterranean Couscous

    Fresh, vibrant and so easy to make, this Mediterranean couscous salad recipe makes for a great healthy side dish that is bursting with flavor.
    Prep Time 5 minutes
    Cook Time 15 minutes
    Total Time 20 minutes
    Servings 4 servings
    Calories 158kcal

    INGREDIENTS

    INSTRUCTIONS

    • Cook the couscous as per package instructions.
    • In a large bowl, add all the vegetables such as onions, cherry tomatoes, English cucumbers, black olives, fresh cilantro, and cooked couscous.
    • Drizzle lemon juice and olive oil. Sprinkle it with salt and pepper.
    • Using a large spoon, mix or fluff up the ingredients. Serve the couscous salad in a bowl with feta cheese topping.
    • Store the leftover in a refrigerator for up to 2 days.

    TIPS & NOTES

    • Cut your veggies fairly small and as evenly as you can so that you get an even mix of everything.
    • You can make your couscous more flavorful by cooking it in a vegetable stock rather than water.

    NUTRITION

    Calories: 158kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 8mg | Sodium: 483mg | Potassium: 178mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 316IU | Vitamin C: 12mg | Calcium: 66mg | Iron: 1mg
    Course Salad, Side Dish
    Cuisine Mediterranean
    Keyword couscous salad, Mediterranean couscous, Mediterranean salad
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    March 23, 2021

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