Healthy Greek Couscous Salad

No longer are salads boring with this Healthy Greek Couscous salad! A combination of grains, feta and other vegetables means no dressing is needed- Ready in less than 10 minutes, gluten free and perfect for healthy meals throughout the week! 

No longer are salads boring with this Healthy Greek Couscous salad! A combination of grains, feta and other vegetables means no dressing is needed- Ready in less than 10 minutes, gluten free and perfect for healthy meals throughout the week!

“You don’t make friends with salad!”

Clearly The Simpsons had it wrong when they taunted Lisa about this when she went vegetarian. 

“Look, it’s Mrs.Potato head! She has a head made out of lettuce!”

“Are you going to marry a carrot, Lisa?”

Excuse me as as I giggle like a loony right now. Why are kids so mean? 

You DO make friends with salad.

Well, you will if you make salads correctly.  

I’ll never forget the time I backpacked around Europe and craved a salad. After days of eating pizzas, paninis and gelato throughout Rome and Venice- The thought of a salad sounded appetising and that night, I told myself  ‘Arman, you’re ordering a salad’.

I went to the restaurant and saw it was 23 euros. 

Pizza it was!

These prices for salads throughout most of Italy was not uncommon- In fact, most of the fast food, cafes or restaurants rarely even had salad options! When they did, you’d think for the prices they charged they would be chock full of the good stuff- Olives, cheeses and the herbs from the Pope’s private garden.

No longer are salads boring with this Healthy Greek Couscous salad! A combination of grains, feta and other vegetables means no dressing is needed- Ready in less than 10 minutes, gluten free and perfect for healthy meals throughout the week!

That, however, was not the case. 

Lettuce. A single tomato. Olive oil. MAYBE a cucumber. 

That was it. 

The moral of the story here? Don’t order a salad in Italy or go with those intentions. With gelato, pizzas and pastas around- It’s borderline sinful. Clearly I didn’t make friends with them over salad- I did in other foodie ways! (Sachertorte gelato, anyone?)

My personal favourite kind of salads are actually ones which don’t contain lettuce- That to me is just a filler or waste of space. A combination of grains, cheese and antipasto = we can be friends. BEST friends

I mentioned in this post how I had two recipes done which reminded me of Jenn and Meghan and this is number two. Veggies, Grains and Cheese. More words associated with these two and ones which I praise wholeheartedly. 

No longer are salads boring with this Healthy Greek Couscous salad! A combination of grains, feta and other vegetables means no dressing is needed- Ready in less than 10 minutes, gluten free and perfect for healthy meals throughout the week!

This Healthy Greek Couscous Salad is embracing my current favourite grain/carb/edible source of food. While it looks fancy and pretty and chock full of goodness, it is so simple to whip up and perfect for food prep and easy meals throughout the week. It’s perfectly customisable to use as a base and add whatever your favourite salad additions are. I used a classic combination of Greek flavours for a delicious, flavourful (and nutrient dense!) salad which is anything BUT boring. 

For this version, I used diced roma tomatoes and Persian cucumbers before adding some of the ‘fun’ ingredients to it- Greek feta cheese and sun dried olives. Traditional Greek salads can clock in at over 800 calories, due to the heavy handed olive oil dressings. While there is nothing wrong with olive oil or dressings, I’d rather have a flavourful base and go heavy on other ingredients. 

Make this Healthy Greek couscous salad and start being the most popular kid in school..err chef in the kitchen. 

You don’t make friends with salad? Oh shut up, Potato head. 

Healthy Greek Couscous Salad
No longer are salads boring with this Healthy Greek Couscous salad! A combination of grains, feta and other vegetables means no dressing is needed- Ready in less than 10 minutes, gluten free and perfect for healthy meals throughout the week or meatless meal!
Write a review
Print
Ingredients
  1. 1 1/2 cups dry couscous (can use gluten free)
  2. 3 cups chicken or flavoured stock of choice
  3. 1 tsp olive oil
  4. 1/2 tsp sea salt
  5. 1/2 tsp dried basil
  6. 1/2 tsp dried dill
  7. 1 tsp garlic powder
  8. pinch marjoram
  9. 2 T olive oil
  10. 2 large roma tomatoes, diced
  11. 1 large cucumber, diced
  12. 1/2- 1 cup crumbled feta cheese
  13. 1/4-1/2 cup olives/semi dried olives/sun dried tomatoes
  14. Balsamic vinegar for topping (optional)
Instructions
  1. In a large pot, add the stock of choice and on medium heat, bring to the boil.
  2. Once boiling, reduce to a simmer and add the olive oil and sea salt and mix well. Add the dry couscous and allow to cook for 1-2 minutes before removing from the heat. Allow the couscous to sit for 5-6 minutes, until most of the liquid has been absorbed.
  3. After the liquid has been absorbed, fluff the couscous with a fork and add the dried basil, dill, garlic powder and marjoram and mix very well. Stir through the olive oil until the couscous is coated.
  4. Add the tomatoes, cucumber, feta and olives (and any other additions) and mix well until fully incorporated. Top with extra feta and drizzle with balsamic and olive oil.
Notes
  1. This can be made in advance and prepped when ready to serve. Simply pre cook the couscous and have the vegetables chopped and once ready to eat, simply mix through together.
  2. This salad can be eaten warm or cold and kept in the fridge for up to 5 days (without mixing feta through).
The Big Man's World ® https://thebigmansworld.com/
No longer are salads boring with this Healthy Greek Couscous salad! A combination of grains, feta and other vegetables means no dressing is needed- Ready in less than 10 minutes, gluten free and perfect for healthy meals throughout the week!

What is your key ingredient in a salad? Don’t say lettuce.

Have you ever seen that Simpsons episode? Don’t say lettuce. 

Would you order a salad in Italy? 

Connect with me below-

Facebook - /thebigmansworld
Pinterest - /thebigmansworld
Instagram - @thebigmansworld
Twitter - @thebigmansworld
Bloglovin - thebigmansworld
Email - [email protected]
Snapchat - thebigmansworld

The Big Man’s World ® Arman Liew owns the copyright on all images and text and does not allow for its original recipes, pictures and content to be reproduced anywhere other than this site unless authorization is given. If you enjoyed this recipe and would like to publish it on your own website, please re-write it, in your own words and link back to my site and recipe page. Copying and/or pasting full recipes and pictures to social media or personal blogs is strictly prohibited. Read my disclosure and copyright policy. This post may contain affiliate links.

Categories:

Clean eating diet food Healthy Gluten Free Recipes recipe vegetarian

YOU MAY ALSO LIKE

Comments

71 thoughts on “Healthy Greek Couscous Salad

  1. 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!

  2. 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!

    1. A life without pizza is punishment. My friend had to go dairy free and seeing as Australia has no dairy free cheeses, still order pizzas sans cheese. Even though it looks pitiful, damn, it’s still pizza!

  3. 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.

  4. Okay this looks totally awesome. I absolutely love feta cheese and olives. They are my favourite combination. I even love just throwing together tomatoes, cucumbers, feta, olives, and a tiny bit of olive oil. No need for lettuce. I’ve never thought of adding a grain like this though. YUM.

    Never, ever order a salad in Italy. You are totally right about their ingredients though. Italians don’t take their salads very seriously. Even my grandmother would only toss mixed greens with oil and vinegar when I was younger. The effort goes into the good stuff – pizza and pasta!

  5. I wish I liked olives more. Something about them just makes me go mehh. If for nothing more than drinking more martini’s, I want to like olives. I guess that’s something to try and work on… if liking olives qualifies as some personal development material. I’m all about the cheese in a salad. Gots to have that cheddar yo! Lettuce.

  6. The answer is lettuce. Always lettuce. In all honesty, though, I’m pretty open when it comes to what goes into my salads. Avocado is almost always a must, and then I toss in whatever else I happen to have lying round. Mango is freaking amazing, and raisins too. Don’t come near me with olives, though. Do.not.like.

  7. My favorite salad ingredient is chickpeas. Actually, my favorite ingredient in general is probably chickpeas. They might actually work in this salad =P

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

  9. You could totally be my friend if you bring me this salad.

    Also, I need to hookup for the Pope’s private herb garden. Can you make that happen? VIP service please.

    I’m working on a recipe today that is going to make you LOVE your GREENS.

  10. What about spinach? Can I have spinach? Cause I load my bowl with it to make my salads like a mountain. Also to get some iron. Other than that I pile EVERYTHING and then some into my bowl, with chips or pretzels on the side. I have to have some salty crunch. Usually some bean, rice, avocado, tomato…and I’m happy. This looks so good. I now want to go to Italy.

  11. Rumor has it I’ve come to be known as “the weird vegetarian” because I don’t like salad. Salad salad that is. All that leafy nnothingness … Grain salads have always been my favourites as they don’t give me the feeling of eating salad but something that’s actually substantial. If you serve me this: lettuce be friends [said in Alexis’ voice]! Just add some chickpeas to my serving.

  12. A salad would be the last thing I’d order in Italy. 🙂 Just give me a pasta with a simple tomato sauce and I’d be more than happy.

    Mediterranean couscous with a vegan cheese sounds divine. Looks fantastic Arman.

  13. This looks absolutely delicious. I love finding new ways to put a great spin on salads and I’m definitely going to try this out!

Have a comment? Go for it!