Tomato & Basil Couscous Salad Recipe
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Tomato & Basil Couscous Salad Recipe

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It’s hard to believe that tossing a few pantry ingredients with summer’s fresh best can yield such a lovely salad. Pair it with grilled lemon chicken for a light lunch. —Sonya Labbe, West Hollywood, California
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + chilling
MAKES:8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + chilling
MAKES: 8 servings


  • 1-1/2 cups water
  • 1-1/2 cups uncooked couscous
  • 2 medium tomatoes, seeded and chopped
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil leaves, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper

Nutritional Facts

3/4 cup: 255 calories, 14g fat (2g saturated fat), 0mg cholesterol, 155mg sodium, 29g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 2g fiber), 5g protein Diabetic Exchanges: 2 starch, 2 fat.


  1. In a small saucepan, bring water to a boil. Stir in couscous. Remove from the heat; cover and let stand for 5-10 minutes or until water is absorbed. Fluff with a fork; cool.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the couscous, tomatoes and basil. In a small bowl, whisk the oil, vinegar, salt and pepper. Pour over salad; toss to coat. Refrigerate until chilled. Yield: 8 servings.
Originally published as Tomato & Basil Couscous Salad in Simple & Delicious June/July 2012, p33

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ejshellabarger 232025
Reviewed Aug. 30, 2015

"I liked it but my husband and in-laws weren't too keen on the dish. Oh well. More for me!"

justmbeth 230221
Reviewed Jul. 26, 2015

"Nice, light side, easy to assemble. If you want your dish to look like picture, use white balsamic vinegar."

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