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couscous with tomatoes and feta with basil and cucumber

Mediterranean Couscous Salad

A simple couscous salad with mediterranean flavours, easy to make and perfect for lunch.
Course Lunch
Cuisine Mediterranean
Diet Vegetarian
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 452kcal


  • 250 g / 1½ cups couscous dry weight
  • 325 ml / 1⅓ cups of freshly boiled water
  • 1 level tsp vegetable bouillon or half a vegetable stock cube
  • 50 ml / ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ small red onion (50g) finely chopped
  • 1 small courgette (100g) chopped
  • 200 g cherry tomatoes cut in half or quartered
  • 10 pitted kalamata olives cut in half
  • 100 g feta cheese cut into cubes
  • 2 heaped tbsp chopped basil leaves
  • 1 tablespoon chopped flat-leaf parsley
  • 1 heaped tsp chopped mint leaves
  • 1 large lemon, the juice of
  • 2 cloves of garlic minced or put through a garlic press
  • ¼ teaspoon cracked black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt


  • Make the stock then add the dry couscous to a large bowl.
    Add the stock, stir once then cover the bowl with cling film. Leave for 10 minutes or until the couscous has absorbed all the liquid.
    Use a fork to fluff up the couscous, then leave to cool.
  • Once the couscous has cooled add the chopped herbs and lemon juice. Stir well.
    Next add the chopped vegetables and toss them into the couscous.
  • Finally, add the feta, olives, extra virgin olive oil, salt and pepper and mix everything together.
    Transfer to a large serving bowl and serve immediately.


  • Storage - Once made you can store this salad in an airtight container and keep it in the fridge. Use within two days. This recipe is not suitable for freezing.
  • Make Ahead - You can make this salad the day before if you like. To save time you could prepare the couscous the night before, just transfer it to an airtight container and keep it in the fridge.
  • Nutritional Information - All nutritional information shared is an estimate based on third-party calculations. If calorie count and/or nutritional values are important to you, we recommend putting the ingredients through whichever online nutritional calculator you prefer. Calories can vary depending on which brands were usedEach recipe and nutritional value will vary depending on the brands you use, measuring methods and portion sizes per household. 
  • Weights and measurements - For US readers, I use Cuisipro measuring cups and spoons, and a Pyrex measuring jug for liquids. These are the industry standard. Cup/spoon volumes can differ from brand to brand, for accuracy, I recommend weighing all ingredients if possible for the best results.


Calories: 452kcal | Carbohydrates: 57.2g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 19.7g | Saturated Fat: 5.8g | Cholesterol: 22mg | Sodium: 506mg | Potassium: 387mg | Fiber: 5.1g | Sugar: 5.4g | Calcium: 172mg | Iron: 2mg