Heirloom Tomato Salad with Pearl Couscous


This cold vegetarian salad features mixed heirloom tomatoes with Mediterranean flavors and pearl couscous. This summer dish that has been a big hit with my family!

Prep Time:
35 mins
Cook Time:
25 mins
Additional Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
1 hr 30 mins
10 servings


  • 2 cups vegetable stock

  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

  • 1 cup pearl (Israeli) couscous

  • ½ cup packed fresh basil leaves

  • ¼ cup flat-leaf parsley leaves

  • 1 clove garlic, crushed

  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh oregano

  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme

  • ½ cup pitted green olives

  • 4 heirloom tomatoes, quartered

  • 15 cherry tomatoes, quartered

  • 1 English cucumber, cubed

  • ½ small red onion, thinly sliced

  • 1 cup crumbled feta cheese

  • ¼ cup white balsamic vinegar

  • ½ cup extra-virgin olive oil

  • 1 lemon, juiced


  1. Bring the vegetable stock to a simmer in a saucepan over medium heat. Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Stir in the couscous and cook and stir until golden brown, about 10 minutes. Stir the toasted couscous into the hot vegetable stock and return to a simmer. Cover and cook until the stock has been absorbed into the couscous, about 15 minutes. Scrape into a mixing bowl, fluff with a fork, and allow to cool to room temperature.

  2. Place the basil, parsley, garlic, oregano, thyme, and olives into a food processor; pulse until the herbs are coarsely chopped. Stir the herb mixture into the couscous along with the heirloom tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, cucumber, red onion, and feta cheese. Drizzle with the vinegar, 1/2 cup olive oil, and lemon juice. Stir until evenly combined.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

249 Calories
17g Fat
20g Carbs
6g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 10
Calories 249
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 17g 22%
Saturated Fat 4g 21%
Cholesterol 13mg 4%
Sodium 400mg 17%
Total Carbohydrate 20g 7%
Dietary Fiber 3g 10%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 6g
Vitamin C 25mg 127%
Calcium 114mg 9%
Iron 1mg 6%
Potassium 328mg 7%

* 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.