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Mediterranean Couscous Salad

July 13, 2016 (Last Updated: March 2, 2019)

Fresh veggies, a light dressing and couscous makes a perfect 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!

Mediterranean Couscous Salad in a small blue bowl.

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.

Mediterranean Couscous Salad topped with fresh 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!

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Mediterranean Couscous Salad is filled with fresh chopped tomatoes, bell peppers, olives and fresh herbs. This vegetarian salad is perfect for potlucks or barbecues. #couscous

5 from 2 votes
Fresh Veggies, Kalamata Olives, and a light dressing mixed with couscous makes a delicious salad.
Mediterranean Couscous Salad
Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
5 mins
Total Time
35 mins

Fresh veggies, Kalamata olives and couscous

Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: couscous salad, couscous salad with tomatoes and olives
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 233 kcal
Author: Kathy
  • 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
  1. 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.
  2. Once couscous has cooled, add onions, cucumbers, tomatoes, bell peppers and olives.
  3. To make the dressing, in a separate bowl, whisk olive oil and vinegar together. Add garlic, mustard, salt, pepper and oregano. Stir.
  4. Add dressing to couscous mixture. Toss lightly.
  5. Add parsley and toss lightly again.
Recipe Notes

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

Nutrition Facts
Mediterranean Couscous Salad
Amount Per Serving
Calories 233 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 11g 17%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Sodium 388mg 16%
Potassium 235mg 7%
Total Carbohydrates 28g 9%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Sugars 2g
Protein 4g 8%
Vitamin A 8.6%
Vitamin C 64.9%
Calcium 3.4%
Iron 5.3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  • Reply
    karrie @ Tasty Ever After
    July 14, 2016 at 8:47 am

    Girl, I’m feeling your pain of all your unwashed camping stuff all the way over here! Having just gone camping, I know first hand the importance of getting everything washed in a timely manner once you arrive home 😉 Wow! This salad thou’. So much yum going on here that I don’t know what to do except to make a big batch of it to eat myself 🙂

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    Geraldine | Green Valley Kitchen
    July 14, 2016 at 7:16 am

    I love couscous, Kathy – and this salad is calling my name – I’d love a huge serving for lunch. And don’t appliances always seem to break at the worst time! On the bright side you’ll have a fancy new washer that probably uses less water.

    • Reply
      July 16, 2016 at 9:46 am

      You are so right! The new washer is in and it uses very little water and it’s super duper quiet!

  • Reply
    July 14, 2016 at 7:11 am

    I adore couscous – you just can’t beat the fast cook time! This salad sounds delicious!! And huge bummer on the washer – such a pain!!

    • Reply
      July 16, 2016 at 9:46 am

      I love how quickly couscous cooks too. Bam….it’s done! 🙂

  • Reply
    Cheyanne @ No Spoon Necessary
    July 14, 2016 at 6:52 am

    Glad you guys had fun camping!! But a big womp-womp to the broke down washer! That stinks. I recommend eating this gorgeous salad and putting the laundry on hold. 😉 I love couscous and the Mediterranean ingredients in here are fabulous, Kathy! Perfect for a picnic or a BBQ side! Cheers, friend!

    • Reply
      July 16, 2016 at 9:45 am

      It’s a really great salad to take to a BBQ….you don’t have to worry about any of the ingredients spoiling in the heat.

  • Reply
    David @ Spiced
    July 14, 2016 at 5:20 am

    Oh no! I’m so sorry to hear about the washing machine. What a pain…especially after coming in from a weekend of camping. Hang in there. The new one arrives tomorrow! (And since it’s new, I bet it has some cool features. Like wireless connectivity to tell you when your laundry is done. Haha…I kid, but I bet there is a machine on the market that actually does that.) Also, this couscous salad is calling my name! It looks delicious, Kathy!

    • Reply
      July 14, 2016 at 5:58 am

      It’s going to take me a while to get caught up with all this laundry….I could use one with the new bells and whistles, but I couldn’t find one that would wash, dry and fold my clothes for me! That’s what I really need! 🙂

  • Reply
    July 13, 2016 at 9:38 pm

    I love couscous and this salad looks so flavorful and beautiful!

    • Reply
      July 14, 2016 at 5:55 am

      Thanks, Kushi 🙂

  • Reply
    July 13, 2016 at 7:31 pm

    I love this salad you have put me right in the mood for some couscous (gluten free of course)!

    • Reply
      July 14, 2016 at 5:53 am

      I didn’t know you could get gluten free couscous! So glad it’s available 🙂

  • Reply
    allie @ Through Her Looking Glass
    July 13, 2016 at 6:45 pm

    What an inopportune time for the washing machine to die. We had one die once jammed full of clothes and WATER! That was no fun at all – ringing out mountains of sopping clothes. Your salad looks so delicious and I love the Mediterranean twist. And I was so sure you were going to tell us you had it on your camping trip. Ha. Not so.

    • Reply
      July 14, 2016 at 5:47 am

      I should have taken this salad on our camping trip. It would have made a perfect lunch!

  • Reply
    Nicoletta @sugarlovespices
    July 13, 2016 at 2:48 pm

    Too bad about the washing machine…especially with a pile of laundry to do ?. But glad that you had a nice time on your little vacation. About this cous cous, it looks great and flavorful! We love cous cous, it is such an amazing salad in the summer.

    • Reply
      July 14, 2016 at 5:43 am

      Couscous cooks up in no time at all and you can add just about anything to it!

  • Reply
    July 13, 2016 at 7:23 am

    Washing machines breaking are the worst. We knew ours was going a couple years ago when it started sounding like a train off its tracks.
    I wish I could have this for lunch today. These flavors are awesome! I wish I had discovered couscous earlier.

    • Reply
      July 14, 2016 at 5:43 am

      That’s just how ours sounded….Not a good sound at all! You could always make this couscous tomorrow 🙂

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