Greek Couscous Salad

    45 min

    A couscous salad based on the traditional Greek salad. This recipe is for the larger gatherings, as it serves 20 people. It's light, refreshing and full of flavour. It's fantastic with barbecued meats.

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    Serves: 20 

    • 515g lemon and garlic couscous mix (or any flavour you prefer)
    • 300g cherry tomatoes, cut in half
    • 1/2 (290g) jar pitted kalamata olives, halved
    • 150g mixed peppers (green, red, yellow, orange), diced
    • 1 cucumber, sliced and then halved
    • 30g fresh parsley, finely chopped
    • 225g crumbled feta cheese
    • For the Dressing
    • 6 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
    • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
    • 1 teaspoon dried oregano, crushed
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • pinch of pepper to taste

    Prep:30min  ›  Cook:15min  ›  Ready in:45min 

    1. Cook couscous according to package directions. Transfer to a large serving bowl to cool. Stir to break up clusters of couscous.
    2. Meanwhile make the dressing, by whisking together the olive oil, red wine vinegar, oregano, salt and pepper.
    3. When the couscous has cooled to room temperature, mix in tomatoes, olives, peppers, cucumber, parsley and feta. Gradually stir dressing into couscous until you arrive at desired moistness. Test for seasoning and adjust accordingly.

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    This one absolutely ROCKS, I take it everywhere, have passed the recipe out at least 5 times by request. It's also great if you have a vegetarian living with you...make one batch of this and it's lunch for a week. My mom commented that it's just like one of the salads sold at Whole Foods, only this doesn't cost $8/lb. I use Roma tomatoes rather than cherry tomatoes because they maintain their shape a bit better...and a word on couscous...make sure you check the outside of the box about how much one box makes. If you use Far East brand, you have to use 2 boxes instead of one. Two chopped red bell peppers seem to go over better than mixed ones. I also put in a larger container of feta. If your grocery store doesn't have greek salad dressing in a bottle, mix together 1/3c each of olive oil and balsamic vinegar and that works, too. When not making this for a party, I serve this as the side dish sometimes with "Cousin Cosmo's Greek Chicken," also on this site. We call it Greek Night, and my 3 kids LOVE Greek Night!  -  07 Dec 2007  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    I scaled this down to 7 servings (of which 2 people ate nearly all!). *blush* I didn't have any boxed couscous mixes on hand, but did have plain whole wheat couscous; so I sauteed it in butter, then simmered it in chicken broth, a splash of chardonnay, along with Italian seasoning, garlic & onion powders & some salt. Used grape tomatoes & Girard's Greek Feta Vinaigrette (yum!) and this was a hit! DH asked me to make it again. Thanks, Gourmet631!  -  15 Mar 2007  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    Very good salad with beautiful visual presentation. I also used Absolutely Fabulous Greek/House Dressing as others recommended with very good results. I used garlic-herb feta and tossed in extra veggies. The great thing about this recipe is it can be customized so easily. Add left over chicken and you have a meal. Thanks Gourmet631.  -  09 Apr 2007  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)