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Mediterranean Couscous Salad

Mediterranean Couscous Salad Recipe on twopeasandtheirpod.com A simple salad for summer!

On Monday, we shared the dessert we served at our Summer Outdoor Dinner Party, Deep Dish Chocolate Mint Chip Cookies. Today, we are sharing the Mediterranean Couscous Salad recipe from our party menu.

We served a green salad and watermelon salad, but I wanted to serve a heartier salad too. I went with couscous because it is so easy to make. If you can boil water, you can make couscous:) We had a lot going on with all of the party prep, so a simple salad was just what we needed.

Mediterranean Couscous Salad Recipe on twopeasandtheirpod.com

We used World Market’s Tri-Color Couscous to make the salad, which is made with coarsely ground semolina, spinach, and tomatoes.  Regular couscous will work too, but I love the Mediterranean blend and the pop of color from the Tri-Color Couscous.

Mediterranean Couscous Salad Recipe on twopeasandtheirpod.com A quick and easy salad recipe that is perfect for parties!

We added grape tomatoes, kalamata olives, and artichoke hearts to the couscous. I whisked together a light lemon dressing and tossed the salad. That’s it! Easy as can be! I made the salad the morning of the party and kept it in the fridge until it was time to eat. I love a salad that can be made in advance, especially when entertaining.

Mediterranean Couscous Salad Recipe on twopeasandtheirpod.com Love this simple salad!

I didn’t add feta to the salad because we already had a Watermelon, Feta, & Mint Salad on the menu. I didn’t want to have a feta overkill, but if you are a feta fan, feel free to add it to this salad. It would be tasty!

Everyone loved our Mediterranean Couscous Salad and we hope you love it too! It’s a great salad for summer! And if you are looking for a salad to make for the 4th of July, give this salad a try! It serves a crowd, can be made in advance, and everyone came back for seconds!

Mediterranean Couscous Salad on twopeasandtheirpod.com

Mediterranean Couscous Salad

Yield: Serves 12-14

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 7 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

A simple couscous salad with tomatoes, artichoke hearts, kalamata olives, basil, and a light lemon dressing.

Ingredients:

1 (16 oz.) package couscous (we used World Market's Tri-Color Couscous)
2 cups halved grape tomatoes
2 cups jarred artichoke hearts, drained and chopped
1 1/2 cups chopped kalamata olives, pits removed
1/2 cup chopped fresh basil

For the dressing:

1/2 cup olive oil
Juice of 2 large lemons
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 teaspoons chopped fresh oregano
1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil
Salt and pepper, to taste

Directions:

1. Make couscous according to package instructions. Transfer couscous to a large bowl and fluff with a fork. Add the tomatoes, artichoke hearts, kalamata olives, and basil.

2. In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, oregano, and basil. Season with salt and pepper.

3. Pour the dressing over the couscous salad and stir until well combined. Season with salt and pepper, if desired. Serve.

Note-this recipe makes a large salad. You can cut the recipe in half if you need to. This salad can be made in advance and will keep in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

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60 Responses to “Mediterranean Couscous Salad”

  1. 1
    Tieghan — June 26, 2013 @ 6:06 am

    I love the olives, artichokes and tomatoes peeing out everywhere! This looks amazingly good. Mediterranean flavors is on of my favorites!

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    Erica — June 26, 2013 @ 6:38 am

    YUM! I may have to make this for Kay’s birthday! We’re doing her birthday in a park next the aquarium then going to see the fishies. I need easy dishes. This would be perfect

  3. 3

    You are loving Cost Plus World Market lately. I need to go there, love that store too! Your Couscous salad looks wonderful! Love the flavors!

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    Marie @ Little Kitchie — June 26, 2013 @ 7:52 am

    I could easily eat this every single day. The flavors are perfect!

  5. 5

    This looks sooo lovely!

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    Julie @ Table for Two — June 26, 2013 @ 9:11 am

    Yum!! This looks wonderful. The colors are so vibrant and perfect!

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    Kevin @ Closet Cooking — June 26, 2013 @ 9:19 am

    Now this is my kind of salad!

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    Brianna — June 26, 2013 @ 9:28 am

    This looks so tasty! I bet it would be good with some feta on top too ;)

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    Cookbook Queen — June 26, 2013 @ 9:29 am

    This is just beautiful!! Such great flavors!!

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    Joanne — June 26, 2013 @ 9:34 am

    I love making big grain salads for parties because they are always a hit and they’re so easy to throw together. I think this might have to make an appearance on the 4th of July!!

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    This is so gorgeous, Maria! Definitely my kind of couscous salad, and I love the Mediterranean flavors going on. Perfect for summer parties!

  12. 12

    Beautiful salad, Maria!

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    Kathryn Von Buren — June 26, 2013 @ 10:20 am

    I agree – the tri-color couscous looks great. Thanks for the lead on where to purchase it. Do you think this could become a light main dish if chickpeas were added?

    • Two Peas replied: — June 26th, 2013 @ 3:45 pm

      Yes! Chickpeas would be great in this salad. A great protein boost too!

  14. 14
    Heather Christo — June 26, 2013 @ 10:43 am

    This is so simple and totally beautiful! I love it….

  15. 15

    I love couscous! Such a beautiful looking salad

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    JulieD — June 26, 2013 @ 11:50 am

    Incredibly gorgeous! I can’t wait to make this soon!

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    steph@stephsbitebybite — June 26, 2013 @ 11:54 am

    This sounds like a prefect summer side dish!

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    I’m collecting enough fabulous salad recipes, I’ll never want for a tasty lunch this summer! Wonderful couscous salad, Maria!

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    marla — June 26, 2013 @ 1:07 pm

    A great lookin healthy salad!

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    Martha @ A Family Feast — June 26, 2013 @ 1:36 pm

    What a gorgeous salad! And healthy too…just perfect!

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    Elizabeth — June 26, 2013 @ 1:52 pm

    Are those marinated artichoke hearts? Or not? I need to know right away as going shopping tonight. Will take this to a graduation party Saturday night. I liked someone’s idea of adding garbanzo beans. I usually add garbanzos to my pasta salad.

    • Two Peas replied: — June 26th, 2013 @ 3:44 pm

      I used artichokes packed in water, but marinated artichokes would work well too! Garbanzo beans would be a great addition!

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    Liz — June 26, 2013 @ 3:09 pm

    I’m loving this salad….definitely adding to my summer salad list!

  23. 23

    This looks lovely and summery, I love the idea of using tri-colour couscous to make it even brighter too, thanks for sharing! :D
    from Emily x

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    Leah | So, How's It Taste? — June 26, 2013 @ 4:38 pm

    Love the colors! Sounds great for a light summer dinner!

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    naomi — June 26, 2013 @ 4:54 pm

    I just want to live in your kitchen and taste everything that comes out!

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    I absolutely love everything in this salad – pinning!!
    Kim @ *Soliloquy Of Food & Such*

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    Jackie @ The Beeroness — June 26, 2013 @ 6:04 pm

    Beautiful job Maria! I love that you used olives and artichokes, such fab flavors.

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    Maria Tadic — June 26, 2013 @ 7:15 pm

    this looks so yummy – I love World Market! So many fun goodies! I never leave that store without buying something!

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    Looks delicious! I’m going to a party this weekend and this would be the perfect salad to bring along. Thank you!

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    Savanna — June 26, 2013 @ 8:13 pm

    Thought you might like to see this episode of Studio 5 since it is your recipe (even though the name was changed) . A little disappointed to think someone would do this. http://studio5.ksl.com/index.php?nid=126&sid=25743402

    • Two Peas replied: — June 26th, 2013 @ 11:17 pm

      Thanks for telling us! Wow, I can’t believe she made our recipe. Crazy!

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    Christy@SweetandSavoring — June 26, 2013 @ 8:14 pm

    I love Mediterranean anything! And I will definitely be adding feta cheese. Gorgeous pictures as always :)

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    Nessa — June 26, 2013 @ 8:22 pm

    If I made this I’d eat the entire thing in one sitting :)

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    Laura (Tutti Dolci) — June 26, 2013 @ 8:52 pm

    I love couscous, such a tasty summer salad!

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    Maegan @ The BakerMama — June 26, 2013 @ 9:43 pm

    This looks like an amazing meal in itself! Perfect for summer!

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    Kiran @ KiranTarun.com — June 27, 2013 @ 1:25 am

    Yummy!! Love couscous and Mediterranean flavors here!!

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    Beth — June 27, 2013 @ 8:27 am

    Yum, this salad sounds so good and so easy to make. I’ll be making it next week!

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    Jenny Flake — June 27, 2013 @ 9:22 am

    What a great summer salad! I’ll take some for breakfast!!

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    Megan {Countrycleaver} — June 27, 2013 @ 11:42 am

    I have been thinking about these and just can’t get it out of my mind. I need a picnic STAT!!

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    ashley - baker by nature — June 27, 2013 @ 12:44 pm

    I am just obsessed with the flavors in this salad! Gorgeous job!

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    Heather @ French Press — June 27, 2013 @ 1:55 pm

    we have been eating a lot of orzo salads, and this will be the perfect dish to end the “rut”

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