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The Best Mediterranean Couscous Salad

Mediterranean Couscous Salad is a flavorful side dish that you are going to want to enjoy all summer long. This make-ahead salad is perfect for summertime gatherings.

mediterranean couscous salad with cucumber, tomatoes, yellow peppers, kalamata olives, and feta cheese.

Today I am excited to share one of my family’s favorite summertime salads. This Mediterranean Couscous Salad is light, easy to make, and full of flavor.

Since this Mediterranean couscous salad is not a mayonnaise-based salad, it is perfect to bring to your summertime gatherings. It’s always a hit at picnics and potlucks!

This couscous salad will feed about 10-12 people, so it is perfect for summer entertaining. Any leftovers will stay well and can be enjoyed for a few days.

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Mediterranean Couscous Salad Ingredients

Near East Roasted Garlic and Olive Oil Couscous – This delicate couscous is wonderfully flavored and cooks up in just five minutes.

Olive oil – You will need a small amount to make the couscous.

Cucumber, chopped – You may remove the seeds, if desired.

Cherry tomatoes, halved

Yellow bell pepper, diced – These juicy peppers have a sweet flavor.

Kalamata olives, sliced – These olives are full of antioxidants and add a salty Mediterranean flavor to this salad.

Feta cheese, crumbled – This soft, crumbly, flavorful cheese is perfect for salads.

Greek salad dressing – use oil-based Greek salad dressing, not creamy dressing. This dressing is my family’s favorite.

mediterranean couscous salad ingredients: cucumber, tomatoes, yellow peppers, kalamata olives, and feta cheese.

How to make Mediterranean Couscous Salad

  • Prepare couscous according to package.
  • Transfer couscous to a large bowl and fluff with a fork. Let the couscous cool completely.
  • While couscous is cooling, wash and chop the cucumber, bell pepper, and half the tomatoes.
  • Drain the olives.
  • Add cucumber, tomatoes, peppers, olives, and feta cheese to cooled couscous.
  • Toss with dressing.
close up of mediterranean couscous salad with cucumber, tomatoes, yellow peppers, kalamata olives, and feta cheese.

How to Store Mediterranean Couscous Salad

This salad can be stored refrigerated in an airtight container for up to 5 days. If it becomes dry, you may add a little Greek dressing to it before enjoying the leftovers.

Love a green salad? You may enjoy my Spinach Salad with Mandarin Oranges or Delicious Red, White, and Blue Berry Salad.

Tips

  • Fluff the couscous with a fork to prevent it from lumping together.
  • Be sure to allow the couscous to cool before adding ingredients.

Suggestions:

You may enjoy adding fresh chopped parsley to brighten the flavor of this salad.

Addition of red onion will complement the flavors of this Mediterranean salad.

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mediterranean couscous salad with cucumber, tomatoes, yellow peppers, kalamata olives, and feta cheese.

Mediterranean Couscous Salad

Mediterranean Couscous Salad is a flavorful side dish that you are going to want to enjoy all summer long. This make-ahead salad is perfect for summertime gatherings.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
cooling time 15 mins
Course Salad
Cuisine Mediterranean
Servings 12 people

Ingredients
  

  • 3 boxes Near East Roasted Garlic and Olive Oil Couscous
  • 6 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 3/4 cups water
  • 1 large cucumber, chopped You may remove seed if you wish.
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 sweet yellow pepper, diced
  • 1/3 cup sliced Kalamata Greek olives, drained
  • 4 ounces feta cheese crumbles
  • 8 ounces Greek salad dressing Oil-based Greek salad dressing, not creamy dressing

Instructions
 

  • Prepare couscous according to package, using olive oil and water.
  • Transfer couscous to a large bowl and fluff with a fork. Let the couscous cool completely.
  • While couscous is cooling, wash and chop the cucumber, yellow pepper, and half the tomatoes. Drain the olives.
  • In a large serving bowl, toss cooled couscous with cucumber, cherry tomatoes, pepper, Kalamata olives, feta, and dressing.

Notes

This salad can be stored refrigerated in an airtight container for up to 5 days. If it becomes dry, you may add a little Greek dressing to it before enjoying the leftovers.

Tips

  • Fluff the couscous with a fork to prevent it from lumping together.
  • Be sure to allow the couscous to cool before adding ingredients.

Suggestions:

You may enjoy adding fresh chopped parsley to brighten the flavor of this salad.
Addition of red onion will complement the flavors of this Mediterranean salad.
 
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4 Comments

  1. This looks fabulous! It is perfect to make on those extra hot and muggy summer days when you don’t want to do “real” cooking. Particularly since you say it can be made ahead of time. This is also the perfect dish to bring to a picnic. Thanks for sharing – definitely keeping this in my recipe file.

    1. Thank you so much for your kind words, Anna! It really is perfect for potlucks, picnics, and those days when you don’t want to cook! I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as my family and I do! xo

  2. My husband and I are hosting dinner tonight and we were debating what side to make. We are going to try this salad! Thanks for the inspo 🙂

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