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Mediterranean Couscous Salad

July 13, 2016 (Last Updated: October 27, 2020)

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Fresh veggies, a light dressing and couscous makes a perfect salad in this Mediterranean Couscous Salad.

Mediterranean Couscous Salad with bell peppers, onions and olives.

We went camping this past weekend and had a fabulous time. The weather was semi-cooperative.  We weren’t caught in the deluge of rain that happened the night before we went. But the temperatures were cool and the sun didn’t really come out.

When we returned home we unloaded all our gear and started the washer. Unfortunately our washing machine decided to  die. It was done. No more washing was to be done. It made a sad groaning sound and it wouldn’t spin. Now I have a huge pile of camping stuff needing to be washed. I had to go shopping for a new washing machine, but it won’t be here until Friday.

What does Mediterranean Couscous Salad have to do with a camping trip and a broken washing machine? Nothing.  Nothing at all!

A blue bowl filled with peppers, onions, tomatoes, cucumbers and couscous.

What is Couscous?

Couscous is a very small pasta. You can buy it in a box or in bulk.

If you buy in a box, don’t buy the flavored variety. You want just plain couscous.

A closeup shot of a salad with fresh tomatoes and chopped parsley.

This is one of my favorite salads to eat in the summer. It’s light and refreshing. Leftovers store well in the refrigerator and taste great the next day too!

Are there different types of couscous?

Yes! There are three main types of couscous.

  • Moroccan – this is the smallest of couscous and the most common found in the stores
  • Israeli – a larger couscous. Also called pearl couscous
  • Lebanese – the largest sized couscous

If you are looking for other options for couscous try this Israeli Couscous Salad  and Couscous Cheddar Cakes!

Other delicious salads

Don’t forget to pin for later!

A white bowl filled with a couscous salad and fresh veggies.

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Couscous and fresh veggies in a white bowl with a spoon.

Mediterranean Couscous Salad

Fresh veggies, Kalamata olives and couscous
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Course Salad
Cuisine American
Servings 6 servings
Calories 233 kcal


  • 1 cup couscous
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup red onion (diced)
  • 1 cup cucumber (peeled and diced)
  • 1 cup grape tomatoes (quartered)
  • 1 cup yellow bell pepper (diced)
  • 1/2 cup Kalamata olives (quartered)
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic (minced)
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/ teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh parsley (finely chopped)


  • Make the couscous by heating the water in a pot. When it boils, add the couscous and stir with a fork. Cover and remove from heat. After 5 minutes, remove lid and fluff with a fork. Place in a large bowl. Let cool slightly.
  • Once couscous has cooled, add onions, cucumbers, tomatoes, bell peppers and olives.
  • To make the dressing, in a separate bowl, whisk olive oil and vinegar together. Add garlic, mustard, salt, pepper and oregano. Stir.
  • Add dressing to couscous mixture. Toss lightly.
  • Add parsley and toss lightly again.


When quartering the tomatoes, I usually scoop out the seeds and juicy pulp. This is optional.


Calories: 233kcalCarbohydrates: 28gProtein: 4gFat: 11gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 388mgPotassium: 235mgFiber: 3gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 430IUVitamin C: 53.5mgCalcium: 34mgIron: 1mg
Keyword couscous salad, couscous salad with tomatoes and olives
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  • Reply
    Katie Crenshaw
    July 25, 2016 at 8:07 am

    Sorry about the washer!!! But your Mediterranean
    Couscous Salad looks incredible! This is perfect for the summer!

    • Reply
      July 26, 2016 at 6:33 am

      It is one of my favorites during the hot summer months.

  • Reply
    Anu - My Ginger Garlic Kitchen
    July 15, 2016 at 11:58 am

    Sorry to know about washing machine trouble, that’s really a pain. But happy to know that you had fun camping. Love using couscous, and this Mediterranean Couscous Salad looks fantastic, Kathy.

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    Fran @ G'day Souffle'
    July 15, 2016 at 12:25 am

    Just in time! I recently made a Moroccan Lamb Tagine and this salad would go perfectly with it!

  • Reply
    Mary Ann | The Beach House Kitchen
    July 14, 2016 at 5:44 pm

    Yay for the fun camping trip! Boo for the broken washer! I love this salad Kathy! I think we might have been channeling each other with this week’s recipe!

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