Couscous Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette

Couscous Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette
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Couscous Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette
Kristie Collado

Couscous Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette

Couscous, small round pieces of pasta made from a mixture of semolina flour and water, makes the perfect base for a cold salad. If you’re looking for something other than a sandwich to pack for lunch, this is a great option. This recipe calls for red bell peppers, zucchini, feta cheese, and a lemon vinaigrette, but you could easily adapt this concept based on the ingredients you have on hand or your personal taste preference.

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4
Servings
357
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 4 Cups cooked pearled couscous, cooled
  • Juice of 2 lemons
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • Salt, to taste
  • Pepper, to taste
  • 4-5 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 zucchini, cut into ribbons or diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • Crumbled feta cheese, to taste
  • Fresh dill, to taste

Directions

Take the cooled couscous and break it up gently with your hands. Set aside.

Combine the lemon juice, garlic, salt, and pepper in a small bowl. Slowly whisk in the olive oil until vinaigrette forms. The exact amount of oil needed will depend on the amount of juice your lemons yielded; taste the vinaigrette and adjust accordingly. Then, pour just enough vinaigrette over the couscous to very lightly coat it on all sides.

To serve, layer the zucchini, couscous, and red bell pepper in an alternating fashion. Drizzle the salads with the remaining vinaigrette and top with crumbled feta cheese and dill.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
15g
21%
Saturated Fat
13g
54%
Carbohydrate, by difference
46g
35%
Protein
8g
17%
Calcium, Ca
16mg
2%
Choline, total
7mg
2%
Fiber, total dietary
3g
12%
Folate, total
30µg
8%
Iron, Fe
1mg
6%
Magnesium, Mg
16mg
5%
Niacin
2mg
14%
Pantothenic acid
1mg
20%
Phosphorus, P
44mg
6%
Selenium, Se
55µg
100%
Sodium, Na
10mg
1%
Water
145g
5%
Zinc, Zn
1mg
13%

Couscous Salad Shopping Tip

Look for whole wheat couscous for a healthier alternative.

Couscous Salad Cooking Tip

For added flavor, heat couscous in chicken stock or saute some carrot and onion in butter before adding water.