Lemon Couscous Salad

A light and flavorful lemon couscous salad made with cherry tomatoes, Kalamata olives, feta cheese and more! Serve it as a hot or cold side dish.

A close-up view of the salad to show the fresh ingredients.

Lemon Couscous Salad Recipe

4.5 from 2 votes
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Author: Kim
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 9 Servings


  • 1 ½ cups pearl couscous, cooked to package directions
  • ¼ cup walnuts, chopped
  • ½ cup cherry tomatoes, halved or quartered
  • ½ cup Kalamata olives, halved or quartered
  • ½ cup freshly chopped parsley
  • ½ cup feta cheese, crumbled
  • ¼ cup purple onion, diced
  • ½ cup lemon basil vinaigrette, or adjust to taste


  • Cook the couscous according to package directions, drain, and place in a large bowl. While the couscous cooks, lightly toast the walnuts.
    1 ½ cups pearl couscous
  • Heat a small skillet over low heat. Add the walnuts and cook for 5 to 7 minutes, tossing every couple of minutes until the walnuts begin to become fragrant. Remove from heat.
    ¼ cup walnuts
  • To the bowl of cooked couscous, add the cherry tomatoes, Kalamata olives, fresh parsley, feta cheese, toasted walnuts, and purple onions. Pour the vinaigrette over the ingredients and toss to combine.
    ½ cup cherry tomatoes
    ½ cup Kalamata olives
    ½ cup freshly chopped parsley
    ½ cup feta cheese
    ¼ cup purple onion
    ½ cup lemon basil vinaigrette
  • Serve the salad warm or cold. Store any leftovers in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

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Serving: 0.5cupCalories: 228kcalCarbohydrates: 24gProtein: 6gFat: 12gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 5gMonounsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 7mgSodium: 218mgPotassium: 114mgFiber: 2gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 387IUVitamin C: 7mgCalcium: 62mgIron: 1mg

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Kim and John Vargo of More Than Meat and Potatoes and its affiliates are not dieticians or nutritionists. Any nutritional information shared is an estimate. If preferred, use your favorite online nutrition calculator to double check the amounts. Calories and other nutritional values can vary based on brand and serving size.

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A close-up view of the salad to show the fresh ingredients.

Couscous is one of Kim’s favorite side dishes. It has a wonderful texture and can be easily flavored to meet anyone’s taste buds.

Today, we’re sharing a side dish that Kim just created. It’s her lemon couscous salad and it is delicious.

My favorite part is the toasted walnuts. They add a little crunch to every bite!

Speaking of crunch, try this salad with our Parmesan cheese sourdough crackers. If you’re looking for a more traditional salad, try this Red Potato Salad or Chicken Avocado Salad.

The recipe is simple to make and it’s vegetarian. If you want to add a protein, I would recommend grilled chicken.

How to make a couscous salad?

First, you’ll want to prepare the couscous per the package instructions. Now, once it’s done, place it into a large mixing bowl.

Cooked pearl couscous and other ingredients in the mixing bowl.

Next, toast the walnuts on your stove-top in a small saute pan. It only takes about 5-7 minutes for the nuts to toast over low-heat.

Afterward, to the couscous, add the cherry tomatoes, Kalamata olives, fresh parsley, crumbled feta cheese, toasted walnuts, and purple onions.

The vinaigrette being poured over the ingredients.

Then, pour your favorite lemon vinaigrette over all the ingredients. If you want to know what dressing we used, then keep an eye on the blog.

As promised, here a link to our lemon basil vinaigrette recipe. Last, use salad tongs or two wooden spoons to toss everything together. You can serve this lemon couscous salad hot or cold.

All of the ingredients and dressing have been tossed together.

Recipe Tips:

  • For an extra kick of flavor, try boiling the pearl couscous in vegetable stock instead of water.
  • You don’t have to use pearl couscous for this salad. You can use any variety you want.
  • An Italian vinaigrette or Greek dressing can be used in place of the lemon one mentioned in the recipe.
Lemon couscous salad in a bowl surrounded by lemons and parsley.

Love vegetarian recipes? Then take a look at our vegetarian burrito bowls and summer vegetable couscous.

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