Couscous Salad with Za’atar Vinaigrette

Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
Total Time25 minutes

The rich, nutty texture of whole wheat pearl couscous is the perfect match for toasted pine nuts, crunch cucumbers, and salty feta.

Couscous Salad

Life is too short to eat boring salads. Is a garden salad with grilled chicken healthy? Of course. Does it get old after a few days? You betcha’!

If you’re stuck in a salad rut, I urge you to think outside of the bowl and get creative. Lettuce-based salads are a regular in our house but as the growing season winds down here in Michigan, I like to fill my salad bowl with heartier ingredients such as roasted beets, carrots, sweet potatoes, and whole grains.

Regardless of the month, I urge you to let the season guide your bowl to maximize flavor and health benefits. Here are a few of my favorite salads and homemade dressing recipes:

Today’s recipe contains za’atar, a Middle Eastern spice blend that contains thyme, oregano, sumac and toasted sesame seeds. Various versions are sold in Middle Eastern markets or online.

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Couscous Salad

Couscous Salad with Za’atar Vinaigrette

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The rich, nutty texture of whole wheat pearl couscous is the perfect match for toasted pine nuts, crunch cucumbers and salty feta.
PREP: 5 minutes
COOK: 20 minutes
TOTAL: 25 minutes
Servings4

Ingredients
 

  • 1 c whole wheat pearl couscous (repared according to package directions such as Bob’s Red Mill)
  • 2 c English cucumber (diced)
  • c feta (crumbled)
  • ¼ c fresh mint (minced)
  • 3 tbs pine nuts (toasted in dry pan)
  • 2 tbs lemon juice
  • 1 tbs extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tbs za’atar
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp pepper

Instructions
 

  • In a medium bowl, combine cooked couscous with cucumber, feta, mint and pine nuts.
  • Toss salad with lemon juice, olive oil, za’atar, salt and pepper.
  • Check for seasoning and adjust accordingly.

Notes

Salad can be served warm, room temp or cold.

Nutrition

Calories: 250kcalCarbohydrates: 33.4gProtein: 8.1gFat: 9.7gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 6.7gTrans Fat: 0gCholesterol: 11mgSodium: 430mgFiber: 4.9gSugar: 1.8g

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4 responses to “Couscous Salad with Za’atar Vinaigrette”

  1. Kim Avatar
    Kim

    Oh my goodness. At first I thought it was lentils in the salad. I love Za’atar and am so glad I came across these recipes and your blog!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      My pleasure!! I hope you enjoy it!

  2. The Mistress of Spices Avatar
    The Mistress of Spices

    Just made this for the week’s lunches, adding in a chopped red bell pepper. Delicious! So glad that I found your lovely blog :-)

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      I’m so glad to hear – thank you for finding me and saying hi!! Enjoy the salad!

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Hey there, I’m Liz Della Croce and I’m thrilled to have you here! My aim is to motivate and ignite your passion for cooking amazing meals for your loved ones.