Zesty Mediterranean Couscous Salad

May 20, 2015

Author Notes: If you're looking for the perfect big bite, you've found it with each forkful of this lemony Israeli couscous salad. A super-easy recipe, this satisfying salad combines tender Israeli couscous (aka pearl couscous) with roasted red peppers, arugula, mozzarella and basil.bitememore

Serves: 6


Lemon Dijon Dressing

  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon Mustard
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Couscous Salad

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 3/4 cups Israeli (aka pearl) couscous
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • 1 cup roasted red peppers, diced
  • 2 cups lightly packed baby arugula, chopped
  • 3/4 cup fresh mozzarella cheese, diced
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil
  • lemon slices, for garnish
In This Recipe


  1. 1) For the dressing, in a medium bowl, whisk together olive oil, lemon juice, Dijon mustard, honey, salt and pepper set aside.
  2. 2) For the salad, in a medium saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Add garlic and cook for 1 minute. Add couscous and lemon zest, cooking 3 minutes, until toasted and lightly browned, stirring often. Add chicken broth and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer uncovered for 10 minutes, until couscous is tender. Remove from heat and transfer to a large bowl, allowing to cool for 10 minutes. Stir in peppers, arugula, mozzarella and basil. Toss well and garnish with lemon slices.

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