Mediterranean Couscous Salad

By Maria Lichty

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This easy Mediterranean Couscous Salad with tomatoes, olives, artichokes, and fresh basil is a summer salad favorite! It is a great side dish to any meal and a great salad to take to potlucks!

Mediterranean Couscous Salad Recipe

Hearty Mediterranean Salad

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.

Cous Cous Salad in Bowl with tomatoes

How To Make Mediterranean Couscous Salad

  • 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. I love couscous because it is so easy to make. All you have to do is mix couscous with boiling water and let it sit undisturbed for a few minutes before it’s ready to eat.
  • 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.
  • 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!

Homemade Couscous Salad Recipe in Bowl

Everyone loved this easy 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!

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Mediterranean Couscous Salad

A simple couscous salad with tomatoes, artichoke hearts, kalamata olives, basil, and a light lemon dressing.
4.79 from 14 votes


For the salad:

  • 1 16 oz. package 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


  • 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.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, oregano, and basil. Season with salt and pepper.
  • 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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I'm Maria and my husband is Josh. We share a love of cooking, baking, and entertaining. We enjoy creating recipes that are simple, fresh, and family friendly. We love sitting around the table with good food, good conversation, and good friends and family! Our kitchen is always open!
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  1. This has my taste buds watering up, LOL Can’t wait to try it, thanks for recipe and all the great giveaways.

  2. This salad is a meal 🙂 love the color, love the ingredients (tomatoes, kalamata olives, artichoke). Guess what I’m bringing to the next BBQ 🙂 thanks for the fantastic recipe

  3. Hi there! I just found your blog in my surfing this afternoon (no, not real ocean surfing) I wish…. I must say, your pictures of this salad are amazing. Totally makes me want to make it! Your site is really fun, I spent quite a bit of time perusing your posts. 🙂 Just thought I would say Hi! Thanks for sharing this yummy recipe, I think I will give it a try soon. If you want to take a peek at my site it is:
    I did a greek salad recently that I really loved too. 🙂 Happy summer!


  4. My favorite, favorite flavors. I see you topped with extra artichoke hearts just for me.

  5. Hi there!
    I just saw this recipe and I recently made a blog with a couscous salad recipe, I thought you might like to check it out!
    If you have a moment, do you mine checking it out please? Thank you! 🙂

    Ps. I love your blog!

  6. This might be a silly question, but how do you think this would freeze? Has anyone every tried that with a similar salad or couscous? I like to make big batches of things that I can later take to work for dinner.

  7. Thank you for this! I’m just starting to learn to cook (much later in life than I should be) and I just made this, and loved how easy it was, very delicious, and I could get all the ingredients easily! I get put off by so many recipes as they have ingredients I don’t know where to buy, or even what the ingredients are. This was simple but worked really well. Thanks! I’ll check out the rest of the site for more recipes now! 🙂

  8. I didn’t have artichokes or olives but I browned some Italian sausage and threw it in. So good! Versatile recipe. loved the dressing!

  9. 5 stars
    Amazing pictures. Mediterranean couscous salad is combination of taste, I like a balanced diet, a variety of protein and vitamin supplements so that they will have good health. Thx for sharing!

  10. Thanks for this yummy recipe.  We did a Mediterranean style lunch for Christmas Day as all my family members love eating healthy.  I volunteered to bring this salad.  It was a hit.  Everyone loved it.  The salad dressing was particularly good and the combination of all the ingredients made a delicious and flavorful salad.  It made a huge bowl so I had some leftover for next days lunch.  I will be making this again for sure! 

  11. 5 stars
    I finally got to make this Mediterranean couscous salad this past weekend and it was such a hit!!

  12. 5 stars
    I made this and fell in love!!! Literally was full and happy from one bowl but the recipe comes out to a lot, so thankfully I had two more people with me and leftovers for the week!!!

  13. 5 stars
    I’m ashamed to say that I’ve never had Mediterranean couscous salad! This recipe looks great though so hopefully that will change! Thanks for posting it!

  14. 5 stars
    Absolutely love your creative idea with Mediterranean couscous salad! Can I post it on my blog? Thanks for sharing!

  15. look this wonderful really i can’t belive mediterranean couscous salad is easily made and its my faviourt dish.This looks sooo lovely!

  16. 5 stars
    Since I can boil water, it is safe to say that I can make couscous salad but i really doubt if mine will look this tantalizing. There is no harm in trying anyways so I will take up the challenge. Thanks for posting this.

  17. I made this per the recipe except used dried herbs and added 8oz crumbled feta. It was simply d-e-l-i-c-i-o-u-s! Thank you!!

  18. Excellente recipe. I added cucumbers cubed. And did not have any garlic nor oregano for the vinaigrette. Nor for the couscous. Tastes fresh, crunchy (cucumbers) and delish. I will make it again! Thanks!

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