Couscous Salad

couscous salad with vegetables

This salad is super easy to make, uses up any produce or pantry items you happen to have on hand, and can be made in a matter of minutes! Use anything you have kicking around to make it, there are no wrong combinations, experiment! Make a big batch and serve as a side next to roasted meat or vegetables for supper, then mix in some canned fish for lunch the next day! 

  • Prep Time10 min
  • Cook Time5 min
  • Total Time15 min
  • Ready in10-15 min

For the Couscous

  • 1 cup of couscous
  • 1 cup of water or stock (chicken or vegetable)
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil

For the Salad

  • An assortment of chopped up or sliced fresh vegetables. Some suggestions: Tomatoes, Onions, Peppers, Cucumber, Crushed Garlic, Radishes, Celery, Carrot, Golden Beets, Peas, Kohlrabi, Cabbage, Lemon Zest, Greens
  • An assortment of chopped fresh herbs. Some suggestions: Mint, Parsley, Basil, Cilantro, Chervil, Dill, Tarragon
  • An assortment of nuts, seeds, and/or legumes. Some suggestions: Almonds, Walnuts, Peanuts, Pistachios, Sunflower seeds, Pumpkin seeds, Flax seeds, Hemp seeds, Lentils, Chickpeas, Beans
  • Big pinch of flaky salt, freshly cracked black pepper. (Optional: 1 tablespoon of seasoning mix. Some suggestions: Za’atar, Greek blend, Italian blend, Ras El Hanout, Curry, Garam Masala)
  • 3 tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Juice from 1 large lemon


For the Couscous


Bring 1 cup of water or broth to a boil in a medium pot. Add couscous, salt, and olive oil and stir. Remove from heat, cover with lid and let sit for at least 5 minutes. 

For the Salad


Chop or prepare everything you are planning on adding to the salad and put in a large serving bowl.


Once everything has been added to the bowl, uncover the couscous and fluff up with a fork, so that all of the clumps are broken up. 


Now add the couscous to the bowl as well as the seasoning, oil, and lemon juice if you haven’t already. Using a large spoon, mix all of the ingredients very well, so each grain of couscous has been dressed with the oil/lemon. Taste and add salt if necessary and oil/lemon if it seems too dry. Enjoy!

Any extra notes can go here. 

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