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Mediterranean Couscous Salad With Lemon Herb Dressing

Mediterranean Couscous Salad With Lemon-Herb Dressing

$3.83 recipe | $0.77 serving
Fresh, wholesome, simple, and most importantly quick to make. This Mediterranean couscous salad is filled with fresh vegetables like Kalamata olives, sun-dried tomatoes, cucumber, and bell pepper.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine Mediterranean, Vegan
Servings 5 servings
Calories 343 kcal

Equipment

  • Medium pot
  • Large mixing bowl
  • Pressure cooker
  • Mason jar

Ingredients
 

Grains

  • 1 cup uncooked couscous ($0.42)
  • 1 cup vegetable broth ($0.25)

Add-Ins

  • 1 cup cooked chickpeas ($0.17)
  • ¾ cup cherry tomatoes, halved ($0.72)
  • ½ cup pitted Kalamata olives, roughly chopped ($0.56)
  • ½ large red bell pepper, diced ($0.41)
  • ¾ cup cucumber, roughly diced ($0.16)
  • ¼ medium red onion, diced ($0.06)
  • cup raisins ($0.21)
  • cup fresh parsley, roughly chopped ($0.15)
  • 2 tbsp fresh mint, roughly chopped ($0.00)

Dressing

  • 3 tbsp lemon juice ($0.27)
  • 3 tbsp olive oil ($0.36)
  • 1 clove garlic, minced ($0.03)
  • 1-2 tbsp red wine vinegar ($0.04)
  • Sea salt & pepper to taste ($0.02)

Instructions
 

Couscous

  • First, prepare the couscous by bringing the vegetable broth to a boil in a medium pot. Once it is boiling, mix couscous in. Immediately put a lid on the pot and remove it from heat.
  • Leave the couscous to cook while you prep the rest of the ingredients.

Add-Ins

  • Next, prepare the vegetables, olives, sun-dried tomatoes, and herbs. Add these all to a large mixing bowl along with cooked chickpeas. If you are using canned chickpeas, drain and rinse them thoroughly before adding to the bowl. If you are cooking them from dry, we recommend making them ahead of time in a pressure cooker.
  • Once the couscous is done, add it to the bowl and mix everything together.

Dressing

  • To make the dressing, add lemon juice, olive oil, garlic, red wine vinegar, and salt & pepper to a mason jar and shake well. Taste and adjust seasonings as needed. If you like more tang, add red wine vinegar or lemon. If you want more spice, add black pepper or garlic.
  • Pour dressing over couscous salad and combine everything well. Serve this salad on its own, or as a side dish.

Notes

  • We used fresh mint from our garden, which is reflected in the price of this recipe.

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Mediterranean Couscous Salad With Lemon-Herb Dressing
Serving Size
 
1 serving
Amount per Serving
Calories
343
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
12
g
18
%
Saturated Fat
 
1.3
g
8
%
Trans Fat
 
0
g
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
1.4
g
Monounsaturated Fat
 
6.2
g
Cholesterol
 
0
mg
0
%
Sodium
 
251.4
mg
11
%
Potassium
 
526.7
mg
15
%
Carbohydrates
 
51.4
g
17
%
Fiber
 
6.4
g
27
%
Sugar
 
11.7
g
13
%
Protein
 
9.3
g
19
%
Vitamin A
 
1715.4
IU
34
%
Vitamin C
 
46.4
mg
56
%
Calcium
 
69.6
mg
7
%
Iron
 
2.9
mg
16
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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