Israeli Couscous Salad

This Israeli Couscous Salad is a light and fresh side dish for summer!  Bright flavors of lemon and herbs, along with cucumber, tomato and onion mixed with pearl couscous tastes delicious on its own as a light lunch or as a side dish for grilled meats at a BBQ or potluck.
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Course: Sides
Cuisine: Mediterranean
Keyword: Easy Recipes, Make Ahead, Meal Prep, Pasta, Pearl Coucous, Isreali Couscous, Couscous Salad
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 6 servings


For The Dressing:

  • 4 tablespoons lemon juice freshly squeezed
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt or to taste
  • 1 teaspoon pepper or to taste

For The Salad:

  • 1 ⅓ cups couscous uncooked
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 cucumber persian or english, sliced into half moons
  • 1 heirloom tomato diced
  • 1/2 medium red onion sliced
  • 3 tablespoons fresh parsley chopped


  • Whisk together ingredients for dressing, set aside.
  • In a medium saucepan over medium heat, add 1 tablespoon of olive oil. When oil is hot, add the couscous and sauté for several minutes, until starting to turn golden.
  • Add 1 and 3/4 cups of water to the pan.  Bring to a boil,  then reduce heat and cover.  Simmer for 12 minutes or until liquid is absorbed.  Remove from heat, then transfer to a large bowl and allow to cool.
  • When couscous is cool, add the tomatoes, cucumber, onion and dressing, stir to mix.  Stir in fresh parsley.  Taste and season with additional salt and pepper if needed.
Nutritional information is an estimate for your convenience. If you have strict nutritional needs, please do your due diligence to make sure this recipe fits your needs.
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