Couscous with a Kick!


Spicy, summery pasta salad made with cucumber, lemon, mint, basil, and jalapeno. This is my interpretation of a spicy tabbouleh dish from 'Pasta & Co.'

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
30 mins
6 servings


  • 3 cups water

  • 2 cups couscous

  • ½ cup crumbled feta cheese

  • 1 fresh jalapeno pepper, chopped

  • ½ cucumber, diced

  • 1 clove garlic, minced

  • ½ cup chopped green onion

  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh mint

  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh basil

  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro

  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley

  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin

  • 2 teaspoons cayenne pepper

  • 1 lemon, juiced


  1. Bring the water to a boil in a saucepan. Remove from the heat and stir in the couscous. Cover and let stand until the couscous absorbs the water entirely, about 10 minutes; fluff with a fork.

  2. While the couscous soaks, stir the feta cheese, jalapeno pepper, cucumber, garlic, green onion, mint, basil, cilantro, parsley, cumin, cayenne pepper, and lemon juice in a large bowl. Add the prepared couscous and mix well.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

210 Calories
3g Fat
38g Carbs
8g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 210
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 3g 4%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 11mg 4%
Sodium 155mg 7%
Total Carbohydrate 38g 14%
Dietary Fiber 4g 13%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 8g
Vitamin C 20mg 98%
Calcium 111mg 9%
Iron 2mg 9%
Potassium 214mg 5%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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