Cous Cous Salad

Middle Eastern Couscous Salad

Middle Eastern Couscous Salad

By: Georgia Harding

This easy-to-make salad requires no cooking and offers a delicious but light meal. It’s perfect to whip up when it’s too hot to put the oven on or if you’re short on time. It also makes a great side dish to take to a barbecue.



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  • 1 cup couscous
  • 1 tbsp lemon-infused olive oil
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • ¼ cup sundried tomatoes, halved
  • ¼ cup roasted capsicum, sliced
  • ½ cup green olives
  • 1 small red onion, finely diced
  • 150g cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 100g feta, crumbled
  • 1 red capsicum, diced
  • 1 bunch coriander, finely chopped
  • ¼ cup pine nuts, toasted

  • 30mL olive oil
  • Juice 1 lime
  • 1 tsp honey
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp ground cumin
  • Sea salt & freshly ground black pepper, to taste


  • Place the couscous in a large bowl and add the lemon-infused olive oil and sea salt. Pour over the boiling water, mix well and quickly cover with a plate or lid.
  • Set the couscous aside to cook for 4–5 mins before fluffing with a fork. Allow to cool slightly.
  • Once the couscous has cooled a little, stir through the rest of the ingredients.
  • Add the dressing ingredients to a jar and shake well to combine.
  • Toss through the salad to serve.
  • Tip: For a gluten-free option, this is also lovely with leftover cooked quinoa. To make it dairy-free and vegan, omit the feta or use a vegan alternative and swap out the honey for maple syrup or coconut nectar.


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Georgia Harding

Georgia Harding

Georgia Harding is a naturopath with almost 20 years experience, a mother and a passionate health educator. After many years consulting in a busy practice, lecturing in natural medicine and sharing her knowledge on talkback radio, Georgia decided to reach out and share her passion for holistic health by developing her blog, Well Nourished.
On her website, she shares fad-free health advice and intolerance/allergy-friendly recipes to inspire people to live happy, healthy lives and create delicious food memories.

Georgia’s ebook Rise and Shine: A Well Nourished Breakfast will inspire and guide you to prepare the most important meal of the day in just minutes. Her latest ebook The Well Nourished Lunch Box contains over 50 nut-free, allergy-friendly wholefood sweet and savoury snacks, lunches and meals to inspire you to pack a nourishing lunch box that your kids will love to eat and you will love to make.

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