Encourage guests to squeeze the juice from the lemon wedges on to the salad.

Recipe Summary

prep:
10 mins
cook:
10 mins
additional:
1 hr
total:
1 hr 20 mins
Servings:
8
Yield:
8 servings
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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • In a medium saucepan, bring 1 3/4 cup water to a boil. Stir in couscous; cover. Remove from heat; let stand, covered, 5 minutes. Cool to room temperature.

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  • Meanwhile, in a medium bowl combine oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper. Stir in cucumber, green onion, parsley, basil and couscous. Mix well and chill for at least 1 hour.

  • Line a plate with lettuce leaves. Spoon couscous mixture over leaves and garnish with lemon wedges.

Nutrition Facts

142 calories; protein 4g; carbohydrates 24.6g; fat 3.6g; sodium 227.2mg. Full Nutrition
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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
01/22/2008
I LOVE THIS RECIPE! It is light and refreshing. A few changes I made: I've made it both with couscous and with orzo. Since the orzo was a thicker larger substance than the couscous it worked better with the cucumber. I also used 2 whole cucumbers which was NOT too much. I made it recently as a main dish and just added sliced chicken breast (grilled on the George Forman with lemon pepper seasoning - EASY!)... it was just right. Thanks for submitting this recipe it's one of my favorites! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
07/14/2003
I think it needs a little more flavor. Next time I would add some minced garlic and more spices. Read More
(11)
136 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 58
  • 4 star values: 53
  • 3 star values: 16
  • 2 star values: 4
  • 1 star values: 5
Rating: 5 stars
01/21/2008
I LOVE THIS RECIPE! It is light and refreshing. A few changes I made: I've made it both with couscous and with orzo. Since the orzo was a thicker larger substance than the couscous it worked better with the cucumber. I also used 2 whole cucumbers which was NOT too much. I made it recently as a main dish and just added sliced chicken breast (grilled on the George Forman with lemon pepper seasoning - EASY!)... it was just right. Thanks for submitting this recipe it's one of my favorites! Read More
(82)
Rating: 4 stars
11/03/2003
Quite nice couscous soaks up the flavour. Try adding some extra vinaigrette just before serving. You may want a lower grain-to-veggie ratio and if so toss in some chopped tomatoes and sliced black olives. This goes great and can make a greek sort of salad. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/14/2003
My husband and I loved it!!!! I added some feta cheese and a can of tomatoes and it added so much to the flavor. We will be doing this agian soon!!! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
07/15/2003
I love couscous but I prefer having more veggies than grain so I pumped up this recipie a bit by adding celery and tomates too. Regardless this is a great recipie. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/12/2006
My new absolute favorite! The seasonings and lemon are perfect together and the cucumber was just made for it. Could easily add tomatoes bell peppers or other crunchy-type veggies but it's perfect just as-is. I'd give it more than five stars if I could. Thanks for sharing the recipe! Read More
(15)
Rating: 4 stars
02/01/2007
I used the advice of others and added less lemon juice and I also added some fat-free plain yogurt and chopped mint for a more mediterranean flavor... the couscous soaked up the liquids well and it was tasty for days! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/25/2004
This is one of my husband's new favorite recipes. Light and healthy, but filling. We usually put the mixture in a wrap or pita to eat it. Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
07/14/2003
I think it needs a little more flavor. Next time I would add some minced garlic and more spices. Read More
(11)
Rating: 3 stars
07/13/2003
This is a good cold salad that's easy enough to make. I would recommend cutting back on the water a bit though so the herbs and spices are a little more prevalent. Read More
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