Quick Couscous Salad Recipe
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Quick Couscous Salad Recipe

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"I created this salad one weekend to take to a friend's house, and everybody loved it," notes Debbie Graber of Eureka, Nevada. "It's become a much-requested favorite at gatherings." TIP: "Dice up some reduced-fat pepperoni and add it to the salad," recommends Debbie.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + chilling
MAKES:6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + chilling
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 1-1/4 cups water
  • 1 cup uncooked couscous
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup fat-free Italian salad dressing
  • 3/4 cup chopped fresh mushrooms
  • 1 can (2-1/4 ounces) sliced ripe olives, drained
  • 1/2 cup diced cucumber
  • 1/3 cup each diced onion, green pepper and sweet red pepper

Nutritional Facts

1/2 cup: 147 calories, 2g fat (0 saturated fat), 1mg cholesterol, 580mg sodium, 29g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 2g fiber), 5g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1-1/2 starch, 1 vegetable.


  1. In a small saucepan, bring water to a boil. Stir in couscous and salt. Cover and remove from the heat; let stand for 5 minutes. Fluff with a fork. In a large bowl, combine the couscous, salad dressing, mushrooms, olives, cucumber, onion and peppers. Cover and refrigerate for 20 minutes. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Couscous Salad in Quick Cooking July/August 2005, p47

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mjbeagles User ID: 6547836 126650
Reviewed Sep. 29, 2013

"Excellent combination of ingredients! I purchased whole wheat couscous to further increase the fiber content."

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