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Cucumber and Tomato Couscous Salad Recipe

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Cucumber and Tomato Couscous Recipe

Cucumber and Tomato Couscous Recipe

What Is Couscous?

Couscous is a type of pasta, not a grain as some people think. It is made from semolina (a type of wheat) flour. It originated in Northern Africa but can now be found in your local grocery store.

Couscous goes well with all sorts of sauces since it absorbs the sauce and is easy to prepare.

With the exception of anything with jello in it, I don't think there is a salad that I don't love. Salads are the perfect accompaniment to a main dish but also stand well on their own. They can be light and healthy or more substantial. If you open my refrigerator, chances are you'll find a salad and usually it will be this cucumber and tomato couscous salad.

The best thing about this salad is that it's perfect for lunch. I'm a substitute teacher and I frequently get called at the last minute. By the time I get my daughter ready for school and get myself ready for the day, I don't have time to make a big lunch. Cucumber and tomato couscous salad is loaded with fresh vegetables, feta cheese, couscous, and big mediterranean flavors. I just grab a bottle of water and this salad and my lunch is set. An added bonus that I got when I first made this was that my daughter, a very picky eater, fell in love with couscous and now eats it all the time.

If you are looking for a new salad to add to your repertoire, give this recipe a try. You'll love it!

What do you think about this recipe?

Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

10 min

10 min

20 min

Serves six people one cup each

Ingredients for Cucumber Tomato Couscous Salad

Ingredients for Cucumber Tomato Couscous Salad

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Couscous, uncooked
  • 1 large Tomato, seeded and chopped
  • 1 Cucumber, peeled, seeded and chopped
  • 1/2 cup Fresh Parsley, chopped
  • 1 bunch Green Onions (Scallions), chopped
  • 5 oz Feta Cheese (reduced fat), crumbled
  • 1/4 cup Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1/4 cup Olive Oil
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon Mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon Dried Oregano
Chopped Vegetables for the Cucumber and Tomato Couscous Salad

Chopped Vegetables for the Cucumber and Tomato Couscous Salad

Dressing for Cucumber and Tomato Couscous Salad

Dressing for Cucumber and Tomato Couscous Salad

Instructions

  1. Prepare the couscous. 1 cup of dry couscous yields approximately 3 cups prepared. If you purchased a box of couscous, follow the directions on the label to prepare. If you buy couscous in bulk, bring 1 cup of water to a boil and remove from heat. Add 1 cup of dry couscous and cover. Let sit for 5 minutes, then remove lid and fluff with a fork. Fluffing with a fork is an important step. The couscous tends to stick together if you don't. Cool couscous completely.
  2. While the couscous cools, clean and chop the tomato, cucumber, parsley, and green onion.
  3. For the dressing: In a measuring cup, whisk together the vinegar, olive oil, mustard, and oregano until well blended.
  4. Once couscous is cool add the chopped vegetables, feta cheese and the dressing. Mix well. This can be served immediately or chilled.

A Few Tips...

  • This recipe is perfect as is, but for added flavor and texture, consider adding chopped radishes or kalamata olives.
  • I use apple cider vinegar, but red wine vinegar can be used. I find the apple cider vinegar tones the dressing down a bit, so it doesn't overpower the fresh vegetables.
  • I use about a half of a bunch of fresh parsley in my salad. It is usually more than 1/2 cup, but I love the taste. I do not suggest substituting dried parsley for the fresh parsley.
  • I use English cucumber so I don't have to seed or peel them.
  • This recipe is made with regular couscous, not pearl couscous. Pearl couscous or Israeli couscous is larger and has a denser texture. It's more like small balls of pasta.

© 2012 Claudia Mitchell

Comments

Claudia Mitchell (author) on June 24, 2014:

Hi missolive - Thanks for all of the visits today. I appreciate it and I too love the word couscous. Thanks so much for tweeting! I have some of this salad in the fridge right now. I make it a lot. Have a great day!

Marisa Hammond Olivares from Texas on June 24, 2014:

First and foremost....couscous is such a fun word to say! Cucumbers and tomatoes are always a big hit, I bet this is absolutely delicious. I'll be sure to pin, vote up and tweet this one out - it's perfect for these warm summer months.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on August 24, 2013:

Thanks Silva Hayes - I have some in my fridge right now. It is always one of my favorite lunches.

Silva Hayes from Spicewood, Texas on August 20, 2013:

Lovely - voted Up, Useful, Interesting.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on September 12, 2012:

Thanks unknown spy! I hope you give it a try.

Life Under Construction from Neverland on September 11, 2012:

i love cucumber salad..or any vegetable salad. very healthy and nutritious. 5 stars

Claudia Mitchell (author) on August 26, 2012:

rajan - good luck finding couscous. This is a nice fresh salad. Thanks for the visit.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on August 26, 2012:

Thanks Mike! Give it a try. I think you'll like it. Couscous is one of those great ingredients that can go with almost anything.

Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on August 26, 2012:

This looks a delicious salad, GTW. This dip too looks so tempting. Thanks for sharing this wonderful recipe. I just need to find if i can get Couscous here.

Bookmarking the hub. Voted up and awesome and pinned.

Mike Robbers from London on August 25, 2012:

I've never tried to use Couscous as salad ingredient... thanks a lot for sharing this delicious & quite Healthy recipe!

Claudia Mitchell (author) on August 22, 2012:

I hope you enjoy it Margarita. I just made it again yesterday. There are still lovely garden tomatoes around here that I love to use. Thanks for reading.

MargaritaEden from Oregon on August 21, 2012:

That looks yammy and easy to make, just what I need, thanks!

Claudia Mitchell (author) on August 20, 2012:

Let me know how you like it Angela. It's nice and fresh and easy to make. Thanks for the comments.

Angela Kane from Las Vegas, Nevada on August 20, 2012:

Thanks for the recipe, I love making new salads and this one sounds delicious. I have never used couscous in a salad before so I am going to give it a try.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on August 20, 2012:

I'm glad you liked the recipe vespawoolf. I also love anything Mediterranean. I hope you give it a try. Thanks for the visit!

Claudia Mitchell (author) on August 20, 2012:

alocsin - This can be served at room temperature or cold. I like it better at room temperature. I think the flavors come out more. Thanks for the comments!

Vespa Woolf from Peru, South America on August 20, 2012:

I love Mediterranean-inspired salads and this one is right up my alley! I like the idea of adding Dijon to the dressing. Will definitely give it a try. Thanks so much!

Aurelio Locsin from Orange County, CA on August 19, 2012:

This looks delicious. Can you serve it cold or is it better at room temperature? Voting this Up and Useful.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on August 19, 2012:

Thanks Victoria! I hope you like it. Couscous is such a great ingredient.

Victoria Lynn from Arkansas, USA on August 19, 2012:

I've been keeping my eyes open for a good way to make couscous. I think this is it! Looks delicious! Bookmarking this one!

Claudia Mitchell (author) on August 18, 2012:

Jamie - I'd love to know how you like it. I think you'll like couscous. It really is versatile and is good with all sorts of sauces. Thanks for the visit!

Jamie Brock from Texas on August 18, 2012:

I keep hearing of Couscous but have never tried it.. this salad sounds delicious, I love tomatoes and cucumbers. I believe I'm going to have to get some couscous and make this salad! Voting up and useful :)

Claudia Mitchell (author) on August 16, 2012:

Thanks Carly. Let me know how it turns out. Hopefully you had to go to the store anyway and didn't have to make an extra trip!

Carly Sullens from St. Louis, Missouri on August 16, 2012:

Glimmer, you had me thinking about this salad so much, I bought all the ingredients and making it now. I can't wait to eat it. This is the first hub recipe that I actually went and bought the ingredients and then made it.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on August 16, 2012:

I hope you give it a try Movie Master. It's really good. Thanks so much for the visit!

Movie Master from United Kingdom on August 16, 2012:

I have never tried making this before, many thanks for the recipe - it sounds delicious!

Claudia Mitchell (author) on August 16, 2012:

Hi Nell - Thanks for the comment and vote. I'm glad this persuaded you to give it a try. Enjoy!

Claudia Mitchell (author) on August 16, 2012:

Thanks for the comment Mama Kim! I hope you like it.

Nell Rose from England on August 15, 2012:

Hi Glimmer, I keep meaning to try couscous, and then I totally forget! lol! this sounds easy to do with the couscous only taking a few moments to cook, sounds delicious, thanks, I will give it a go now, voted up! cheers nell

Sasha Kim on August 15, 2012:

Never though to use couscous as a salad ingredient! I will have to try this! voted up!

Claudia Mitchell (author) on August 15, 2012:

Thanks so much Susie! I have corrected the carbs. I forgot to divide by the 6 servings on that line. It should read 32 grams. Thanks for catching that and I'm glad you liked the recipe. I hope you'll give it a try.

susiebrown48 from Clearwater, FL on August 15, 2012:

Loved the hub and the recipe sounds great but wonder if the carb content on your nutritional panel could possibly be a little elevated? It would seem like 19 grams of carbs would be more likely than 191. If it's 19, I'll definitely try it.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on August 15, 2012:

Prasetio - I hope you give it a try and enjoy it. Thanks for the visit.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on August 15, 2012:

Mhatter - I might have to try it with some garlic but not sure if it needs it with all of the other flavors. Thanks for the comments!

Claudia Mitchell (author) on August 15, 2012:

Hi teaches. I don't know if I'd serve this hot, but rather room temperature after the couscous cools. I've never tried it without cooling the coucous. It might be really good. Thanks for the comments!

Claudia Mitchell (author) on August 15, 2012:

Thanks Carly! I think I'm going to have it for lunch today.

prasetio30 from malang-indonesia on August 15, 2012:

I love your recipe. It sound delicious and healthy as well. I can't wait to make it soon. Thanks for writing and share with us. Voted up!

Prasetio

Martin Kloess from San Francisco on August 14, 2012:

No garlic? okay I'll try. thank you.

Dianna Mendez on August 14, 2012:

Two of my favorite ingredients in any dish: cucumber and tomato! Love your suggestion in using it in this salad. Wish I had some right now. I like the idea that you can serve it cold or hot.

Carly Sullens from St. Louis, Missouri on August 14, 2012:

I love, love, love, this salad. It is my favorite and you make it exactly how I like to make it, by adding the feta. I also add black olives sometimes. Very yummy. The picture is a great reminder for me to make this for myself again!!!

Claudia Mitchell (author) on August 14, 2012:

You have to try couscous. It's so easy and fast to make. My daughter eats it with all kinds of stuff like taco meat or tomato sauce. It's great with just a little butter and parmesan. Hope you give this a try. Thanks so much for the visit ttoombs!

Claudia Mitchell (author) on August 14, 2012:

Josh - If you make it, let me know how you like it! It is sure to impress your twin brother and your roommate, unless they don't like it. Then tell them you bought it at the grocery store! Just kidding! Thanks for the comments.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on August 14, 2012:

Thanks for the visit Carol! Couscous is one of the go to foods in our house.

Terrye Toombs from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map. on August 14, 2012:

I have heard of Couscous but have never used it. As hubby is a HUGE cucumber eater, I may have to give this a shot. :) Great recipe, Glimmer! :)

Joshua Zerbini from Pennsylvania on August 14, 2012:

Glimmer,

This salad looks fantastic! I may even make this tonight for my twin brother, roommate and myself! Thanks for sharing Glimmer! :)

carol stanley from Arizona on August 14, 2012:

Love couscous as it is so versatile and quick to cook. This salad sounds delicious. Thanks for sharing this recipe.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on August 14, 2012:

Oooh Cheeseburgers. That sounds good since it's almost dinner time here on the East Coast. Thanks for the visit Bill!

Claudia Mitchell (author) on August 14, 2012:

Thanks so much Cherry! Give it a try and let me know how it turns out.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on August 14, 2012:

I will give this to Bev; I really like you, Glimmer, but I can't eat this....now, do a recipe on cheeseburgers and I'll be singing your praises!

Well, I do that anyway, but ......I just wanted to support you, so here I am.

Cherry Red from London, England on August 14, 2012:

Love the sound of this, Couscous is one of my favourite ingredients too. Thanks for posting.