In the mood for a quick and easy yet filling salad? Try the Israeli Couscous Salad
Fresh veggies and filling couscous, what else is there to say? The Israeli Couscous Salad takes a short time to make and can be eaten alone, as a snack or on the side of a hearty meal.
Fresh veggies, couscous, refreshing mint and olives… perfect for a salad! This classic Israeli Couscous Salad is an easy recipe that can feed 6 as a starter/side item or as a snack/light meal, can stretch a few days. It tastes just as good cold as it does fresh when you make it.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Ready in: 20 minutes
Couscous is a very flexible grain to work with. It’s health properties along with its ability to soak up flavor and fill you up at the same time makes it a valuable addition to main dishes and salads alike. For proportions’ sake, we recommend less than a cup, however you can easily scale this recipe up to make an even bigger salad to save for a few days. A vegan alternative to this recipe is to cut out the feta cheese and replace the butter with a splash of olive oil. With couscous, the world is your… salad!
Israeli Couscous Salad
- 3/4 cup couscous uncooked
- 1 tablespoon butter (or olive oil as an alternative)
- 1 large cucumber chopped
- 1 cup Israeli cherry tomatoes
- 1/2 cup Kalamata olives
- 3 tablespoons mint
- 1 green pepper
- 1/2 medium red onion
- 3/4 cup feta cheese crumbled
- Cook then cool couscous according to package (mix in butter/olive oil before cooling)
- While couscous is cooling, chop up the cherry tomatoes, cucumber, olives, mint, pepper and red onion
- Fluff the couscous and mix into a large bowl with all the veggies
- Add dressing* and toss the salad. Top with feta cheese.
For the Israeli Couscous Salad dressing, we recommend light Italian dressing OR an Israeli-style lemon/olive oil and pepper mix. For the latter, add in two splashes of olive oil plus a half lemon juiced. Pepper to taste.
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