Couscous Salad

Total Time:
55 min
15 min
35 min
5 min

6 servings

  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • 10 ounces instant couscous
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 lemon, zested and juiced
  • 1 small red onion, peeled, diced
  • 1 large cucumber, peeled, seeded, diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, cored, seeded, diced
  • 1 bunch green onions, minced
  • 1/4 cup cilantro leaves
  • Freshly ground black pepper

In a saucepan, bring the chicken stock to a boil.

Place the couscous in a large, heatproof bowl. Stir in the salt and the cinnamon. Pour the boiling stock over the couscous mixture, cover and let stand for 5 minutes. Remove cover, fluff couscous and allow to cool completely.

In a large bowl, combine olive oil, lemon juice and zest, red onion, cucumber, bell pepper, and green onions. Add the cooled couscous and toss until well blended. Stir in the cilantro leaves. Taste and adjust seasoning with salt and pepper.

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I made this per the recipe and served it topped with chicken kabobs, it is a very light spring/summer dish and very healthy, with recipes like this I don't mind being in the kitchen. item not reviewed by moderator and published
It was great, but I had to doctor it a little by adding more cinnamon, salt, and sugar. I really didn't like the raw onion in this dish, but as with salsa, the taste was way better the next day. So next time I will try to marinate the veggies in the oil first or sweating them. I didn't add the whole cucumber, but I will next time. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Love this salad! I left out the red onion and just used the green as I am not a big raw onion fan. I added halved grape tomatoes and some feta. So good and refreshing on a hot day! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is the tastiest couscous I have ever had....even my kids aged 10 & 14 liked it! The cinnamon gives it such a cool and unique flavor....I doubled it to share with friends too! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is a great recipe. It's easy to make, healthful, and has great flavor. We use twice the amount of lemon juice since we love the taste. This is great as a side dish or a light lunch. Surprisingly, it makes great left-overs as well. If you don't think you will like couscous, try it - you may be surprised! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I love this couscous salad. Everytime I make it, it's like we can't stop eating. It is delicious! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I wanted to try a different side dish for our BBQ (chicken thighs and ribs), and I prepared this salad. Everybody loved it, it's so easy and fast to make, and it goes great with chicken on a hot summer day! The cucumber is refreshing and it's light- and the salad is great the way it is, no need to replace or add anything! Delicious! item not reviewed by moderator and published
The cinnamon makes this so interesting. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Made this to go along with a seafood dish and it turned out to be great! The cinnamon adds subtle flaver will the lemon & cilantro knock it home. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I followed the recipe but replaced with vegetable stock to keep it vegetarian. GREAT!!! Never been a fan of this kind of stuff but now will make it on a regular basis for the family. I don't need a nutritional analysis to tell me that this is very healthy. The reviewer who gave this a bad mark probably just came off a Burger King binge. item not reviewed by moderator and published

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Recipe courtesy of Michael Chiarello