Herb Couscous Salad

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Couscous is a staple food throughout North African countries and a dish enjoyed worldwide. It's a Berber dish that costs little and nourishes a lot. The one we usually find in the grocery stores is the tiny grained Moroccan couscous that has been pre-steamed. All you need to do is to mix them with boiling stock or water, and let stand for a few minutes, fluff the grains with a fork--incredibly easy to prepare. However, couscous is fairly flavorless on its own and tends to take on the flavour of other ingredients or sauces that it’s prepared with. This simple salad, inspired by one of my favourite recipe websites Essen und Trinken, is prepared with fluffy couscous, freshly diced tomatoes, pickled gherkins, and spring onions tossed with a fresh herb vinaigrette.

  • 50 g Couscous
  • 100 ml Vegetable stock
  • 100 g Pickled gherkin, diced
  • 100 g Tomato, diced
  • 2 Spring onions, cut into rings
  • Salt
  • 2 tbsp Mint leaves, finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp Parsley leaves, finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp Olive oil
  • 1-2 tbsp Lemon juice
  • Pinch of sugar
  • Salt and black pepper
  1. In a saucepan, bring vegetable broth to a boil. Stir in couscous. Remove from heat. Cover and let stand for 5 minutes. Fluff with a fork. Set aside to cool.
  2. Dice the pickled gherkin and tomatoes. Place them in a bowl. Cut the spring onions into thin rings and add into the bowl.
  3. Finely chop the mint and parsley leaves. Whisk together with the remaining dressing ingredients. Toss together the couscous, diced vegetables and the dressing. Taste, and adjust the seasoning. Cover and refrigerate, allowing the flavours to mingle, for 30 minutes.

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Rosa's Yummy Yums 1/9/11 14:47

Fresh and delightful! The kind of salad I eat during the summer.



OohLookBel 1/9/11 14:53

Fabulous colours and flavours in this dish (again), Angie! Love the little salt and pepper pots in the background, too.

Heavenly Housewife 1/9/11 15:12

Sometimes, couscous can seem really dry in the mouth, so I love it how you added lots of juicy vegetables.
*kisses* HH

Jeannie 1/9/11 15:29

I am not a fan of couscous but you managed to make yours looks so moist and delicious!

Lyndsey 1/9/11 15:33

I love taking salads like these for my lunch. Nice dressing.

Eva 1/9/11 16:02

I love couscous! Your herbed couscous sounds like a great summer dinner!

Trix 1/9/11 16:20

Funny, I just had couscous last night - mine had almonds and garlic and dried cranberries. This looks great too!! Such a satisfying-yet-cheap meal. (The best kind.)

Happy Cook / Finla 1/9/11 16:24

I love couscous and made into salade it looks super super yumm.

Rachana 1/9/11 16:42

Fresh, Summery Salad! I love it.

lena 1/9/11 16:45

thanks for sharing another healthy salad of yours, anything that comes to your table looks terrific!!

Tobias @ T and Tea Cake 1/9/11 17:58

I love couscous and how versatile it is. It takes no time to prepare and due to the little flavour it adds on its own you really can combine it with so many other things.

This recipe in particular is very close to the one I use for my bulgur salad which provides equally little flavour and the texture is similiar as well so I can vouch for dishes deliciousness. ;)

Essen und Trinken kaufe ich mir auch ab und zu. :)


Claudia 1/9/11 18:01

I love couscous salad - and here you have it dressed with all my wonderful summer herbs (not saying good-bye to summer yet). Perfect!

Anonymous 1/9/11 18:35

Just beautiful! Couscous is one of my favorites..especially when tons of veggies are included. Adds flavor, texture and moisture. Great recipe!

Anncoo 1/9/11 19:17

Love your salad presentation and looks very healthy delicious :)

Beth 1/9/11 19:23

Couscous is a wonderful side dish, and your version looks simple and healthy!

Ashlea Taylor 1/9/11 20:12

I can't imagine a fresher looking side dish. Sounds like the perfect thing for the extreme heat we are experiencing!

Nitha 1/9/11 20:43

That sounds so healthy.. NEver tasted couscous salad yet...

lisa is cooking 1/9/11 21:11

This salad sounds fresh and light for summer. Love the gherkins in it too!

Rosita Vargas 1/9/11 22:24

Angie this is my favorite dish I love, looks absolutely beautiful, hugs.

Cassie @ Bake Your Day 1/9/11 22:51

Your dressing for this salad is making my mouth water, it sounds so delicious and flavorful!

Jasna's kitchen creations 2/9/11 01:45

Fresh and quick, delicious; it's soo handy to have couscous at home!

Anonymous 2/9/11 03:05

Yum...and you garnished it so well!

Anonymous 2/9/11 03:20

I really like cous-cous and this looks delicious! I've been thinking of you and wishing you sunny days.

Lisa H. 2/9/11 04:03

This looks so good... I am making this for 2 as we love couscous but kids will not even give couscous a second look...

Torviewtoronto 2/9/11 05:12

delicious looking couscous salad dish looks colourful

Sharmilee! :) 2/9/11 07:11

Wow flavourful n yummy salad

Baker Street 2/9/11 07:16

This is totally a kind of salad I would eat. Herbed couscous is a winner i say.

Sutapa 2/9/11 08:28

I am a new fan of couscous and definitely try this salad...looks great!

Anonymous 2/9/11 09:59

Beautifully done Angie! I have done a veggie version before but LOVE the idea of herbs - such fabulous fresh and healthy flavours.
Have a happy weekend.
:-) Mandy

Marina 2/9/11 10:47

This looks great, but I don't think my husband would even want to try this :D Well, I don't care, I will do this soon because I love it :)

Priya 2/9/11 11:12

Super catchy and flavourful salad,looks super filling..

claudia @Whats Cookin 2/9/11 12:39

Very nice love the presentation of this so colorful!

Three-Cookies 2/9/11 12:40

I absolutely love couscous salad, been a very long time since I made it. Thanks for the reminder. Have a great weekend

Carolyn 2/9/11 13:31

I love couscous but I often fall into the trap of serving it plain and forget that it can be jazzed up like this. Looks great!

tartedujour 2/9/11 13:53

Fresh, colorful, and healthy... my kind of food. This couscous looks delicious! A complete meal indeed!

Kelly 2/9/11 15:01

Gorgeous Angie. I appreciate simple and healthy recipes and just love the combination of mint, parsley and lemon in your dressing. Terrific!

Foodin New England 2/9/11 15:06

What an absolute stunning photo...... :) Love cous cous!

Peggy 2/9/11 15:35

This sounds like a delicious couscous!

Fimère 2/9/11 16:07

je n'ai pas encore fait un couscous en salade mais ta version me semble délicieuse
bonne journée

wok with ray 2/9/11 17:04

This is a beautiful presentation of couscous -- very mouth watering! Looks very refreshing and delicious. Have an enjoyable weekend, Angie!

~ ray ~

kankana 2/9/11 20:18

I absolutely love couscous and specially when you make it light and colorful :)

SavoringTime in the Kitchen 2/9/11 22:56

Couscous salads have become very popular here lately. This looks like a delicious version and very fresh with the lemon juice!

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Magic of Spice 3/9/11 00:51

What a lovely couscous salad Angie! I need to make some as I always love it and you can do so much with it :)

Lizzy 3/9/11 03:23

I love these types of salad! So beautiful...and tasty, too~can't beat couscous!

peachkins 3/9/11 03:39

honestly,I haven't tried couscous...this looks delicious..

tigerfish 3/9/11 04:13

Yes I have seen how easy it is to prepare couscous but strangely I have not cooked it at home before. It's time!

Pacheco Patty 3/9/11 07:19

I just love the herbs and tomatoes in your couscous salad, I have to try this recipe!

Anonymous 3/9/11 09:58

love couscous and I was just wandering about ways to accompany it. this looks perfect! tastý and healthy. only... what does gherkin mean?

Sissi 3/9/11 11:28

I also use often coucous in salads. It's so quick to prepare! Your salad sounds fresh and delicious.

Kalyan 3/9/11 15:56

this one looks so mouth-watering and easy to prepare...delicious!

cookingvarieties 3/9/11 16:13

hi angie, a very attractive mixture of colors and a great blend of flavors... mmm yummy gherkins, mint and zest of lemon..will try,
i dont know how to do couscous, we dont have your variety over here. guess i can google that up..

motherrimmy 3/9/11 16:56

This looks like a good salad for the holiday weekend barbecue. No worries about it sitting out on the buffet for awhile.

kitchen flavours 3/9/11 17:02

Your salad looks wonderful, Angie!

Beloved Green 3/9/11 17:55

Got to love the couscous. Great take on it!

Brad @ Do You Burn Toast? 3/9/11 18:02

never cooked anything with couscous. this looks delicios, I just may have to give it a whirl

Jenn 3/9/11 18:04

What a lovely looking salad, Angie!! Can't wait to try this....

grace 4/9/11 01:31

although israeli couscous is my favorite, i love the smaller orbs as well. tasty salad, angie!

Cheah 4/9/11 03:24

I've had couscous once, not used to it, looks to me like sago. But you made it up so pretty!

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Monet 5/9/11 16:13

Coucscous is one of my favorite middle eastern foods. Thank you for sharing with me. I hope the beginning of your week is both peaceful and fun. I'm sipping on a cup of coffee and looking forward to a day of resting and baking. Perfection, in my books! I hope you are well, my friend!

Sweet And Crumby 5/9/11 16:29

Oh, I love couscous and always want and need more recipes for it. This one looks fab! Thanks for sharing.

Junia 5/9/11 16:47

couscous salad is delicious!! i bet it would be fabulous with quinoa too :D

Miss Meat and Potatoes 13/9/11 00:37

LOVE all these fresh flavors. I make couscous at least once a week. Did you see Giada's fried couscous salad? I am afraid once I fry it, I'll never go back to the old fashioned way, so I haven't tried it yet...

Mahmudul Hasan 18/3/13 07:15

lovely recipe and lovely your dressing as well.nice share.
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