Light and fresh Mediterranean couscous is quick, easy and delicious. Loaded with fresh vegetables like tomatoes, bell peppers and cucumbers, it is a healthy side dish perfect for weeknight cooking. Couscous salad also makes a great weekday Mediterranean lunch!
Filled with fresh Mediterranean flavors, like fresh dill and mint, and a bright, tangy lemon dressing, this couscous salad is hearty enough to be the main dish. It is a vegetarian recipe, but can easily be made vegan by omitting the feta cheese. Want to bulk it up even more? Add in a handful of chickpeas for extra protein or a few slices of grilled chicken.
Couscous is a staple in Middle Eastern and North African cooking. Made from precooked, coarsely ground semolina, it cooks in 5 minutes flat, which begs the question “why aren’t we using it more often?”
Eaten with soups, stews and braised meats, couscous goes with almost everything. In this recipe, I’ve given it a Mediterranean flavor with the addition of fresh vegetables and a bright lemony dressing.
How to make mediterranean couscous
Making this couscous salad couldn’t be easier! The couscous cooks in 5 minutes, then it is cooled and tossed with vegetables and dressing.
• Cook couscous and allow to cool completely.
• Gently fluff cooked couscous with a fork.
• Add chopped vegetables, olives, feta and herbs to couscous.
• Make dressing, pour over couscous, toss to combine and serve.
Easy Mediterranean recipes like this couscous salad are perfect for weekday lunches. They are full of crunchy vegetables, hearty enough to fill you up yet not heavy and so full of flavor!
One of our all time favorites is this Mediterranean Chicken Meal Prep Bowl – it also fits right in with this Mediterranean recipe.
how to cook couscous
- Bring water to a boil and add a pinch of salt and a drizzle of olive oil.
- Add couscous.
- Stir to combine, then remove from heat.
- Cover and allow couscous to absorb water for 5 minutes.
Cooking couscous is fast and easy, which makes it ideal for busy weeknights when you need a quick side with dinner. Because it absorbs liquid like a sponge, you can really flavor the liquid (and the couscous) with virtually anything you’d like.
It makes a great bed for hearty stews and meat dishes like braised short ribs.
What to eat with Mediterranean couscous
To make a tasty Mediterranean meal, pair it with any of these dishes to have a delicious dinner.
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This recipes uses instant Moroccan couscous, not pearl couscous. However, you could substitute with that, if desired. Adjust cooking time according to package. If dressing is too tart for your personal taste, add 1 tbsp honey or sugar. As an Amazon Associate and member of other affiliate programs, I earn from qualifying purchases.
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Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 205 Total Fat: 14g Saturated Fat: 3g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 11g Cholesterol: 6mg Sodium: 681mg Carbohydrates: 17g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 2g Sugar: 2g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 4g
This recipes uses instant Moroccan couscous, not pearl couscous. However, you could substitute with that, if desired. Adjust cooking time according to package.
If dressing is too tart for your personal taste, add 1 tbsp honey or sugar.
As an Amazon Associate and member of other affiliate programs, I earn from qualifying purchases.