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Mediterranean Grilled Vegetable Couscous Salad

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Mediterranean Grilled Vegetable Couscous Salad is a delicious way to use summer grilled vegetables in a healthy salad. Grilled zucchini, eggplant, bell peppers are tossed with couscous, tomato and cucumber, fresh herbs and a light lemony dressing. 

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MEDITERRANEAN GRILLED VEGETABLE COUSCOUS SALAD

Mike and I recently returned from a ten day trip to Greece for our 10 year wedding anniversary.

We spent time in Athens, Santorini and Naxos along with quick day trips to Mykanos and Koufonissi.

I can’t even begin to tell you how absolutely beautiful Greece is and each place we visited offered us something a little different in terms of views and the food.

Of course one of the reasons I have always wanted to go to Greece is the food.

This Mediterranean Grilled Vegetable Couscous Salad was inspired by our time on Mykonos Island.

The first restaurant we ate at had a variety of fresh Mediterranean salads on the menu, which basically means I was in heaven.

One of my favorite things about Greece was all of the fresh produce that was used in the salads and meals.

The tomatoes were literally out of this world–the best I have ever tasted.

Mediterranean Grilled Vegetable Couscous Salad White Bowl

Mykanos is a vibrant, energetic island full of beautiful views, fresh seafood and beaches.

We spent about three hours walking around the island and of course stopped in Little Venice for a coffee, walked around the famous windmills and enjoyed gelato.

Little Venice, Mykonos, Greece

Little Venice, Myknos

Windmill in Mykonos three Windmill in Mykonos

Windmills in Mykonos

In Greece I just adore the white washed buildings next to the vibrant blues and the narrow streets filled with happy, laughing people.

Streets of Mykonos

When I ate this Mediterranean Grilled Vegetable Couscous Salad I knew I had to come home and recreate it for you. How have I not thought of this combination before?

Are you wondering how to make this Mediterranean Grilled Vegetable Couscous Salad? Well it is super easy!

There are two ways to do this salad–the first is to grill up veggies specifically for this salad. If you are doing that I like to use eggplant, zucchini and bell pepper.

Another option is to use any leftover grilled vegetables you might have on hand.

I like to toss my vegetables in a little olive oil, salt and pepper and a squeeze of lemon before grilling them. You can also add a spice in to the mix–try sumac or za’atar for extra flavor.

After you grill the vegetables go ahead and chop them up nice and small.

You will be adding couscous to the grilled vegetables along with fresh cucumber, tomatoes and herbs.

I like to use fresh mint, parsley and dill but basil is a nice addition too.

You have options with this salad when it comes to the grain.

I like to use pearl couscous but you can use regular couscous, quinoa, bulgur wheat, farro, wheat berries or whatever you fancy.

If you like couscous you have to check out my Lemon Herb Couscous, Mediterranean Couscous Salad, and this Israeli Couscous Salad.

Mediterranean Grilled Vegetable Couscous Salad Side Dish

The dressing I make for this is a light lemony dressing with a touch of garlic and then of course extra spices if you want.

This is the perfect summer salad for a warm summer lunch, a nice dish to bring to a picnic or a great side dish for your grilled dinner.

I love adding this alongside these Shish Taouk Chicken Thighs or these Grilled Beef Kofta Kebabs.

What else should you put in this couscous salad?

  • I love that this salad is vegan–simple and healthy. There are options for those that want to bulk it up. Try adding grilled chicken or grilled steak.

  • Another great addition is creamy feta cheese.

  • Beans are a great source of protein-I love adding chickpeas to this salad.

  • You can easily mix up the vegetables you grill for this based on what you have on hand. Some other nice options are cauliflower, carrot, onion and green beans.

What should I serve with this Mediterranean Grilled Vegetable Couscous Salad?

Mediterranean Grilled Vegetable Couscous Salad Large White Bowl

Mediterranean Grilled Vegetable Couscous Salad Side Dish

Mediterranean Grilled Vegetable Couscous Salad

Yield: 6

Mediterranean Grilled Vegetable Couscous Salad is a delicious way to use summer grilled vegetables in a healthy salad. Grilled zucchini, eggplant, bell peppers are tossed with couscous, tomato and cucumber, fresh herbs and a light lemony dressing.

Ingredients

For the salad: 

  • 1 cup couscous, cooked
  • 2 cups grilled vegetables of your choice {I like eggplant, zucchini and bell peppers}
  • 1/2 of an english cucumber, chopped
  • 1/2 of a pint of cherry tomatoes, cut in half
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1/4 cup of fresh mint, chopped
  • 1 Tablespoons fresh dill, chopped

For the dressing:

  • 1/4 cup of extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup of fresh lemon juice {or 1 lemon juiced}
  • 2 Tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon spice of your choice {I like sumac or za'atar}
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

In a large bowl toss together the couscous, grilled vegetables, english cucumber, tomatoes and fresh herbs. In a mason jar combine the olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, spice of your choice and whisk to combine. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Pour the dressing over the salad and toss to combine. Taste and adjust seasonings to your liking.

Notes

Some other ideas to add to this salad include feta cheese, beans {chickpeas or white beans are great}, any vegetables you have hand also work great.

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Bryan

Friday 30th of April 2021

this looks SO delicious! Can’t wait to try!

Julia

Saturday 1st of May 2021

Hope you enjoy it!

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Brittany Audra @ Audra's Appetite

Tuesday 19th of June 2018

I love the idea of using both grilled and fresh vegetables! And thanks for sharing about your trip....good places to keep in mind for future vacation ideas! :)

Julia

Wednesday 20th of June 2018

Greece is beautiful--you should definitely consider going! And yes--I love the fresh and grilled veggie combo!

Ridhima

Tuesday 19th of June 2018

Great recipe!

Julia

Wednesday 20th of June 2018

Thanks!

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