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Cucumber and Tomato Couscous Salad Recipe

Updated on September 26, 2014
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Cucumber and Tomato Couscous Recipe
Cucumber and Tomato Couscous Recipe | Source

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?

4.5 stars from 11 ratings of Cucumber and Tomato Couscous Salad

Cook Time

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 10 min
Ready in: 20 min
Yields: Serves six people one cup each
Ingredients for Cucumber Tomato Couscous Salad
Ingredients for Cucumber Tomato Couscous Salad | Source

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 | Source
Dressing for Cucumber and Tomato Couscous Salad
Dressing for Cucumber and Tomato Couscous Salad | Source

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.

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1 cup
Calories 256
Calories from Fat117
% Daily Value *
Fat 13 g20%
Carbohydrates 32 g11%
Fiber 2 g8%
Protein 10 g20%
Cholesterol 7 mg2%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

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    • Cherry Red profile image

      Cherry Red 4 years ago from London, England

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

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      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.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

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

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

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

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

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

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      Joshua Zerbini 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Glimmer,

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

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      Terrye Toombs 4 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      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! :)

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

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

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      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.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      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!

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      CarlySullens 4 years ago from St. Louis, Missouri

      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!!!

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      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.

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      Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

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

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      prasetio30 4 years ago from malang-indonesia

      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

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

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

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      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!

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      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!

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

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

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      susiebrown48 4 years ago from Clearwater, FL

      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.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      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.

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      Sasha Kim 4 years ago

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

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      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

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

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

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

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

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      Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

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

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

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

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      CarlySullens 4 years ago from St. Louis, Missouri

      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.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      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!

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      Jamie Brock 4 years ago from Texas

      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 :)

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      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!

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

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

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

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

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      alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA

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

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      vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

      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!

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      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!

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

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

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      Angela Kane 4 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

      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.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

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

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      MargaritaEden 4 years ago from Oregon

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

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      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.

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      Mike Robbers 4 years ago from London

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

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      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.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      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.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

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

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      IAmForbidden 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

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

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

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

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      Silva Hayes 3 years ago from Spicewood, Texas

      Lovely - voted Up, Useful, Interesting.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 3 years ago

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

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      Marisa Hammond Olivares 3 years ago from Texas

      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.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 3 years ago

      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!

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