Israeli Couscous Salad


This fresh, light Israeli couscous salad with tomatoes, cucumbers, olives, spinach, and herbs is drizzled with a tangy citrus dressing. Serve by itself or alongside your favorite protein.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
25 mins
Additional Time:
45 mins
Total Time:
1 hr 25 mins



  • 1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil

  • 1 medium shallot, diced

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 cup Israeli couscous, uncooked

  • 1 ¼ cups chicken stock

  • 2 medium Persian cucumbers, sliced

  • 1 cup chopped fresh spinach

  • 1 cup grape tomatoes, halved

  • 1 cup quartered black olives

  • ¼ cup sliced scallions

  • ¼ cup chopped fresh Italian parsley

  • ¼ cup julienned fresh mint leaves

  • ¼ cup julienned fresh basil leaves


  • 1 medium lemon, zested and juiced

  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

  • ½ tablespoon Dijon mustard

  • salt and ground black pepper to taste


  1. Start the salad: Heat oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Add shallot and garlic; cook until soft and fragrant, 2 to 3 minutes. Add couscous and sauté until slightly toasted, 2 to 3 minutes. Pour in chicken stock, increase the heat to high, and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low, cover, and cook until couscous is tender and all liquid has been absorbed, about 15 minutes. Remove from the heat and allow to cool for about 45 minutes.

  2. While the couscous is cooling, make the dressing: Whisk lemon zest and juice, oil, Dijon, salt, and pepper together in a small bowl.

  3. Finish the salad: Transfer cooled couscous to a serving bowl. Add cucumbers, spinach, tomatoes, olives, scallions, parsley, mint, and basil. Pour dressing over top and mix until all ingredients are coated.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

342 Calories
16g Fat
46g Carbs
8g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 342
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 16g 21%
Saturated Fat 2g 12%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 636mg 28%
Total Carbohydrate 46g 17%
Dietary Fiber 6g 22%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 8g
Vitamin C 46mg 228%
Calcium 121mg 9%
Iron 3mg 18%
Potassium 565mg 12%

* 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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