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Easy Couscous Salad with Lemon Dressing & Fresh Herbs

This quick and easy couscous salad recipe is fresh, healthy and deliciously addictive. The bright lemon dressing is made from only 4 simple ingredients.
Course: Salad
Cuisine: African
Keyword: Couscous Salad
Servings: 6
Author: Jennifer Pallian BSc, RD


  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1/2 tsp coarse salt
  • 1 cup dry couscous
  • 1 shallot minced (or 1/4 medium red onion)
  • 1 large stalk celery finely chopped
  • 1 /2 cup chopped fruit (like peach, apple, apricot or 1/3 cup dried fruit)
  • 1/2 cup herbs either parsley or 1/4 cup parsley and 1/4 cup mint
  • 1/2 cup toasted chopped nuts (I used almonds, use your favourite)
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp coarse salt
  • 1/2 tsp freshly-ground black pepper


  • Bring the water and salt to a boil. Stir in the couscous, turn off the heat and let stand for 5 minutes. Fluff with a fork, then spread out on a baking sheet to cool it quickly.
  • In a large bowl, toss cooled couscous with shallot, celery, fruit, herbs and nuts.
  • To make the dressing, whisk together the olive oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper. Pour over couscous salad and toss well to combine.


Couscous salad can be made up and refrigerated up to a day in advance.