This Mediterranean Couscous Salad is a light, fresh salad that mixes your favorite Mediterranean ingredients with couscous and a light lemon dressing. You will love the crunchy fresh vegetables, paired with the olives, feta cheese and fresh herbs. Add this alongside grilled chicken, steak or seafood!
MEDITERRANEAN COUSCOUS SALAD
You guys know my love for salads by now, especially Mediterranean inspired salads like today’s Mediterranean Couscous Salad. I am excited to be partnering with Heinen’s, a local grocery store in Ohio and Illinois, to bring you this warm weather salad that is sure to be a hit with your family.
When it comes to lunches during the week I have these type of salads on repeat. Some of my all-time favorites are this Mediterranean Bean Salad, Lebanese Salata, Balela Salad and this Greek Quinoa Salad.
When I make these type of salads my favorite thing to do is to pair it with Mediterranean Roasted Vegetables, Tandoori Grilled Chicken and Lemon Hummus. You can also make this Mediterranean Couscous Salad with Chickpeas ahead of time and eat it for lunches during the week. It makes such a great warm weather side dish!
IS COUSCOUS GOOD FOR YOU?
Couscous is a carbohydrate made from semolina. It contains good levels of fibre and protein with very little fat. Couscous contains some iron, zinc, calcium, vitamin E and B. It is a great option if you are looking to incorporate
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN COUSCOUS AND ISRAELI COUSCOUS?
Israeli couscous, also known as pearl couscous, is similar to regular couscous. Israeli couscous is a bit larger and creates a chewier texture than regular smaller couscous. I personally like pearl couscous in salads and the smaller couscous for side dishes with less vegetables mixed in.
HOW CAN I MODIFY THIS MEDITERRANEAN COUSCOUS SALAD RECIPE?
BEANS: I added chickpeas to this salad but any bean you want would work. I especially like white beans!
VEGETABLES: You can add any vegetables you like including carrots, celery, zucchini or mushrooms.
GREENS: I love adding arugula to my salads. It adds a nice peppery flavor. You can skip it all together or add spinach, kale or swiss chard.
CHEESE: Mediterranean salads in my house always have feta cheese in them. It is my go-to! This salad would also be great with goat cheese, mozzarella or Parmesan cheese.
PROTEIN: You can add grilled chicken, steak or seafood to this salad. I also think shrimp would be a nice addition!
WHAT SHOULD I PAIR THIS SALAD WITH?
I love this salad on its own but it also makes a great pairing with a variety of recipes. Here are some favorites:
If you cannot find Israeli Couscous, you may substitute with a small pasta shape such as orzo or use regular couscous. I like to refrigerate for a few hours before serving so the flavors mix well. You can also refresh the salad with more dressing. This salad will keep up to 4 days but the tomatoes may start to get mushy. If you know you are eating this salad over the course of the week I would suggest waiting to add tomatoes until you are ready to eat.
For the dressing
If you cannot find Israeli Couscous, you may substitute with a small pasta shape such as orzo or use regular couscous.
I like to refrigerate for a few hours before serving so the flavors mix well. You can also refresh the salad with more dressing. This salad will keep up to 4 days but the tomatoes may start to get mushy. If you know you are eating this salad over the course of the week I would suggest waiting to add tomatoes until you are ready to eat.