For a beautiful, flavorful cold salad and a wonderful variation from the standards, try this easy and delicious couscous. Shrimp and tomatoes are tossed with couscous and feta cheese, then dressed in a garlic vinaigrette. Always a hit, and never goes to waste.

Recipe Summary

prep:
30 mins
cook:
5 mins
total:
35 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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  • Pour water into a saucepan, and bring to a boil. Stir in couscous, cover, and remove from heat. Let stand for 5 minutes, then immediately fluff with a fork. (otherwise it will clump). Set aside to cool.

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  • In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, cider vinegar, Dijon mustard, garlic, salt and pepper. Set aside.

  • In a large salad bowl, toss together the shrimp, cooled couscous, red and yellow bell peppers, tomatoes, parsley and feta cheese. Whisk vinaigrette to blend, then pour in about half of it over the couscous. Toss to coat, and add more dressing to coat thoroughly without drenching. Refrigerate at least 2 hours before serving.

Nutrition Facts

530 calories; protein 28.7g 57% DV; carbohydrates 38.7g 13% DV; fat 28.4g 44% DV; cholesterol 194mg 65% DV; sodium 570.1mg 23% DV. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
04/21/2005
I copied this recipe several years ago, and have taken it to every holiday and covered dish event since. I do a little less couscous and add some diced cucumber. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
05/04/2005
I'm sorry we did not like this at all. We can't put our finger on it but it just wasn't right. The first couple of bites were good than it was like you just got sick of eating it or something. I won't make this again. Read More
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123 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 74
  • 4 star values: 35
  • 3 star values: 7
  • 2 star values: 5
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 5 stars
04/21/2005
I copied this recipe several years ago, and have taken it to every holiday and covered dish event since. I do a little less couscous and add some diced cucumber. Read More
(39)
Rating: 5 stars
06/11/2005
This was out of this world! I usedd red wine vinigar and lemon zest and it was fantastic! I will make tis again and again this Summer. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/20/2006
I thought this recipe was fantastic!! I used crumbled goat cheese on hand.....very pleased with the results! Can't wait to make again! 7.20.06-Just want to add that I have made this recipe about a dozen times! I actually double the dressing portion and use it for marinading chicken and pork for grilling. Love, love, love! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/17/2005
my fussy husband really liked this recipe. even better next day! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/08/2008
This is not my typical type of salad never been much of a couscous or feta fan. I made for my family during the summer. It was wonderful and surprisingly light. I subed basil from my garden for the parsley and left it overnight to marry the flavours. Definately better the next day. Will make again and again. Quick easy and refreshing on a hot summer day. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
02/11/2005
I made this for a SuperBowl party and people enjoyed it. Probably is best as a summer dish? Nice and light very colorful and holds up well. Next time I am going to try using a flavored couscous (maybe garlic and herb?). A touch bland for my taste but extra salt and pepper on my own serving made it yummy. Will definitely make again. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/19/2007
Really enjoyed this!!! It was so easy & you can use different ingredients based on what you have on hand. I added cucumber and also substituted fresh basil for parsley since I didn't have any parsley on hand. A little of the dressing goes a long way there is so much flavor in this meal as it is you really don't need much of the dressing. Thanks! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/24/2007
I made this for my bunco group and it was a hit. I don't really care for peppers and yet I still like it. I think it is because the dressing balances the pepper flavor out. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/18/2003
This is a wonderful recipe for summer picnics. I recently tried it for the first time on Mother's day. It's very quick simple and tasty. You can easily modify it to fit individual tastes. Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
05/04/2005
I'm sorry we did not like this at all. We can't put our finger on it but it just wasn't right. The first couple of bites were good than it was like you just got sick of eating it or something. I won't make this again. Read More
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