Healthy Greek Couscous Salad

This couscous salad is filled with chopped tomatoes, cucumber, olives, and creamy feta, all tossed in a simple Greek dressing. An easy and healthy side dish or meal on its own! 

When it comes to fresh and healthy recipes, I can never say no to some buffalo cauliflower bites, broccoli salad, and this Greek couscous salad

Greek couscous salad

There is nothing better than some delicious antipasto. While it’s delicious as part of a charcuterie board or appetizer platter, it’s even better when added to salads. As someone who loves a good Greek salad, this couscous twist on it takes it up another level. 

Couscous salad was a common side dish during my childhood. It is such a versatile and blank slate, that can be dressed up in a plethora of ways. As someone who adores a fresh Greek salad, I wanted to combine to two and create a couscous salad recipe with a twist

It’s loaded with incredible textures and flavors– salty olives, fresh tomatoes, creamy feta, with mouthfuls of fluffy couscous. It’s healthy and packed with nutrients, and takes no time to prepare. The homemade Greek salad dressing takes it to another level.

How do you make a Greek couscous salad 

The Ingredients

  • Couscous– Cook your couscous as per the package directions. Often they suggest adding butter after fluffing the couscous, but I recommend leaving it as it is, to make it easier to mix into the other ingredients (it won’t clump together!).
  • Tomatoes– Use either Roma tomatoes or halved cherry tomatoes. 
  • Cucumber– Persian cucumbers or Lebanese cucumbers, chopped finely. 
  • Red Onion– You MUST use red onion and not a white onion. The latter is too intense and will be too overpowering. 
  • Black Olives– A must for any good Greek salad! If possible, use sliced black olives, as they distribute better between the couscous. 
  • Feta cheese– I tried this with Greek feta and also a Vegan feta cheese (as pictured). You want to use feta cheese from a block, as it retains a more intense flavor. 
  • Olive oil– What good couscous salad doesn’t have olive oil as part of the dressing?
  • Red wine vinegar– The vinegar must be red wine, for an authentic Greek salad dressing. 
  • Lemon juice– Brings out all the flavors and adds an extra tang. 
  • Oregano– A popular Greek spice, this takes the salad to another level!
  • Salt and Pepper– To taste!

The Instructions

Start by making your salad dressing first. In a small mixing bowl, whisk together your olive oil, vinegar, lemon juice, and oregano. Add salt and pepper to taste, then refrigerate. Prepare the actual salad by adding in your cooked couscous, tomatoes, cucumbers, olives, and crumbled feta cheese. Gently mix together, until everything is just combined. Pour the dressing all over the salad, and toss very well, until fully incorporated. Serve immediately or refrigerate for later. 

couscous salad

Tips for the best couscous salad

  • Make sure your couscous has been fluffed and cooled before adding it to the salad. Do not refrigerate it though, as we want it to be tender! 
  • Use flavored olive oil, like chili olive oil or garlic olive oil.
  • Make this salad as part of meal prep! Prepare a big batch on the weekend and distribute between 5 containers. The dressing doesn’t need to be separated. 

Couscous Salad Flavor Variations

  • Protein– Add some plant based protein, like grilled tofu or a veggie burger. If you don’t follow a plant based diet, you can add some grilled chicken or salmon. 
  • Cheese– Not a fan of feta? No worries! Add some sharp cheddar cheese or even a sprinkle of parmesan. 
  • Vegetables– Amp up the vegetables by adding some chopped bell peppers, radishes, or even some parsley.
  • Legumes– Another plant based protein option, add some chickpeas (garbanzo beans), black beans or kidney beans. 
  • Nuts– I personally love salads with nuts, so sprinkle some pine nuts or sliced almonds over it, for some added crunch.

How do you store Couscous Salad

Couscous salad should always be stored in the refrigerator. It not only retains extra flavor (like a stew or curry), but there is no chance of the feta cheese spoiling. Refrigerated salad will keep for up to 1 week.

Do not freeze the salad. 

Greek couscous salad

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Healthy Greek Couscous Salad

Greek couscous salad is a delicious take on a couscous salad, loaded with feta cheese, olives, and all covered in a homemade Greek salad dressing! Healthy, flavorful, and delicious!
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Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 177kcal
Author: Arman

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups cooked couscous gluten free, if needed
  • 1/2 cup tomatoes diced
  • 1/2 cup cucumbers chopped
  • 1/4 cup feta cheese vegan, if needed
  • 1/4 cup black olives sliced
  • 1/4 cup red onion chopped

For the Greek Salad Dressing

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp Red wine vinegar
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp Oregano dried
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Instructions

  • Prepare the salad dressing, by whisking together the olive oil, red wine vinegar, lemon juice, and dried oregano. Add salt and pepper, to taste.
  • In a large mixing bowl, add your fluffed couscous, tomatoes, cucumber, feta cheese, sliced olives, and red onion and mix well, until just combined.
  • Pour the dressing over it and mix very well, until the dressing is fully incorporated into the salad. Serve immediately, or refrigerate.

Notes

TO STORE: Couscous salad should always be stored in the refrigerator. It not only retains extra flavor (like a stew or curry), but there is no chance of the feta cheese spoiling. Refrigerated salad will keep for up to 1 week.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 177kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 10g | Sodium: 532mg | Potassium: 115mg | Fiber: 2g | Vitamin A: 228IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 59mg | Iron: 1mg | NET CARBS: 15g
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    73 thoughts on “Healthy Greek Couscous Salad

    1. This looks INCREDIBLE!! Your food is always so dreamy, Arman! You should really open a restaurant or eatery of some sort! 🙂

    2. Definitely making this for my sister and brother-in-law for our next “family dinner”!
      Tomatoes and red onion are a couple musts for my salads!!!

    3. I think this salad and I need to become best friends. Like we can develop a secret handshake and have a secret club where no pizzas are allowed. Wait a second, pizzas can still be allowed. Who in the heck wants to belong to a club where no pizzas are allowed?? Greek salads are one of my favorites, and you’ve totally nailed it with the couscous here. Tell my friend hello for me!

    4. You make me wish it was socially acceptable to have couscous for breakfast… It looks amazing and with the extra veg, it knocks down the need for a lot of couscous. Carbs are my sticking point, so this is brilliant for me!

    5. Lol the Pope’s garden. You’re so right though — the best salads aren’t lettuce based. I love my veggies, but there are so many creative ways to eat “salad.” Feta has been all over the blog world lately! I like it and all but I don’t use it as frequently as I know you can — it’s such a mild flavor but it still scares me to use for some reason.

    6. Gorgeous salad!! I would serve it over lettuce because I love crunchy lettuce (romaine) with my greek salads!! I could eat this for days! Also thanks for the heads up on salad in Europe = thats crazy!

    7. oh yes this looks good and I am massively craving salad bowls now! It reminds me of all these lovely choices on the whole foods salad bar. But I am making the same mistake over and over again: starting to pile lettuce and then add other ingredients because you do need something to fill you up, don’t you? Then I eat all the delicious couscous, lentils, peas… and I end up with a pile of lettuce left I a) don’t want to eat and b) can’t get in anymore. Fail!
      I don’t really have key ingredients in salds. I chuck in whatever is in arms reach. I do love to add hummus or guac in the end. Or actually both 😀
      And the only acceptable salad in Italy is Tomato and Mozzarella! With maybe a bit of green in the form of basil!

    8. I love couscous and this totally looks like something I would make! Feta cheese usually finds its way into any salad I make.

    9. HAHAHA Simpsons quotes are always relevant but that salad one is pure gold – my brothers still say it to me all the time.

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