Couscous Cucumber Salad

    10 min

    This is a beautiful cold salad that's refreshing and delicious. Couscous is combined with lemon, cucumber, spring onions, parsley and basil, and served on a bed of cos lettuce.

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    Serves: 8 

    • 300g (10 oz) uncooked couscous
    • 2 tablespoons olive oil
    • 7 tablespoons lemon juice
    • 3/4 teaspoon salt
    • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
    • 1 cucumber, seeded and chopped
    • 1/2 bunch finely chopped spring onions
    • handful chopped fresh parsley
    • small handful chopped fresh basil
    • 6 leaves cos lettuce
    • lemon wedges to garnish

    Prep:10min  ›  Ready in:10min 

    1. Bring 400ml water to the boil in the kettle. Place couscous in a bowl, and pour boiling water over. Let stand, covered, 5 minutes. Uncover and cool to room temperature.
    2. Meanwhile, in a medium bowl combine oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper. Stir in cucumber, spring onion, parsley, basil and couscous. Mix well and chill for at least 1 hour.
    3. Line a plate with lettuce leaves. Spoon couscous mixture over leaves and garnish with lemon wedges.

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    Nice summer salad! Perfect for bbq  -  04 Sep 2011


    I LOVE THIS RECIPE! It is light and refreshing. A few changes I made: I've made it both with couscous and with orzo. Since the orzo was a thicker, larger substance than the couscous, it worked better with the cucumber. I also used 2 whole cucumbers which was NOT too much. I made it recently as a main dish, and just added sliced chicken breast (grilled on the George Forman with lemon pepper seasoning - EASY!)... it was just right. Thanks for submitting this recipe, it's one of my favorites!  -  07 Aug 2007  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    Quite nice, couscous soaks up the flavour. Try adding some extra vinaigrette just before serving. You may want a lower grain-to-veggie ratio, and if so toss in some chopped tomatoes and sliced black olives. This goes great and can make a greek sort of salad.  -  28 Jun 2003  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)