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Summer Garden Couscous Salad Recipe

Summer Garden Couscous Salad Recipe

This salad makes the most of summer's bounty. I used to prepare it with a mayonnaise dressing, but lightened it with lemon vinaigrette. It's even better now! —Priscilla Yee, Concord, California
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min. YIELD:9 servings


  • 3 medium ears sweet corn, husks removed
  • 1 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth or vegetable broth
  • 1 cup uncooked couscous
  • 1 medium cucumber, halved and sliced
  • 1-1/2 cups cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 1/4 cup chopped red onion
  • 3 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper


  • 1. Place corn in a Dutch oven; cover with water. Bring to a boil; cover and cook for 6-9 minutes or until tender. Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, bring broth 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 and set aside to cool slightly.
  • 2. In a large bowl, combine the cucumber, tomatoes, cheese, onion and parsley. Drain corn and immediately place in ice water. Drain and pat dry; cut the kernels from the cobs. Add to cucumber mixture. Stir in couscous.
  • 3. In a small bowl, whisk the oil, lemon juice and seasonings. Pour over couscous mixture; toss to coat. Serve immediately or cover and refrigerate until chilled. Yield: 9 servings.

Nutritional Facts

3/4 cup: 171 calories, 6g fat (1g saturated fat), 3mg cholesterol, 265mg sodium, 25g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 3g fiber), 6g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1-1/2 starch, 1 fat.

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cariboocook User ID: 8196226 244538
Reviewed Feb. 26, 2016

"This is a wonderful tasting salad. My husband and I both enjoyed it When making again however I would increase the dressing by half as we found it a little dry the next day."

JeannineR User ID: 4265860 231877
Reviewed Aug. 27, 2015

"I'll just add my five stars to the list! This is outstanding and something I will be taking to the next potluck! I made it for dinner, but keep grabbing a spoon and taking a bite! My SIL has a hard time with onions, so I mixed it all up with out the onion, took some out, then added the onion. It's great both ways!"

kellibd User ID: 3938642 229904
Reviewed Jul. 20, 2015

"There is a reason why everyone gives this recipe 5 stars…it is really, really good."

rmbarr059 User ID: 4046105 225526
Reviewed Apr. 27, 2015

"Love this!"

Caligrn5 User ID: 8167740 215222
Reviewed Dec. 18, 2014

"This recipe is really really good. Every time I make it everyone LOVES it. I double the garlic and use a little more onion. However, recently I switched over to the Paleo diet and this recipe is amazing with cauliflower instead of couscous. Great recipe everyone will enjoy."

luigimon User ID: 1692040 114082
Reviewed Sep. 14, 2014

"This is sooooooo good!!! Wonderful flavor, good the next day. Perfect for summertime barbecue!"

mbsw User ID: 6420191 162868
Reviewed Jul. 28, 2014

"I made this salad using fresh corn, cucumber, and yellow cherries from my garden. My corn was so sweet that I shirked away from boiling it. So, I added the uncooked kernals right from the cobs and am pleased with the outcome. The salad is light and refreshing and works great as a main lunch course or a dinner side dish."

kallsmom User ID: 2662239 209980
Reviewed Jun. 8, 2014

"made this today. I didn't have red onion but I am ok with that I am not a big onion fan. I made this to have for a quick lunch with some grilled chicken added to it!"

Summy User ID: 1386846 162866
Reviewed Mar. 16, 2014

"This was SO good! I rarely alter recipes, but because of the need to use up some things, I made the following changes: I used a full box of "Original Couscous" and cooked it in one can of chicken broth. Mediterranean herb feta cheese crumbles. 1 tbsp dry parsley (I didn't have fresh). And, I had a squeeze bottle of lime juice, so I used that instead of lemon. But, I have to say that the fresh corn kernels, boiled for only a few minutes in a little bit of water, were SO good...added sweetness and crunch. And, I also added two small carrots, fine diced. My changes were not so crazy as to completely change the recipe, so I'm sure the original recipe is delicious. I just did what I had to do, and so glad I did. I will make this again and again!"

bpz21 User ID: 7353259 176211
Reviewed Jul. 28, 2013

"Made it as is, and it was perfect. Even my non-salad-loving husband loves it. Served with small portions of grilled chicken and it was wonderful as a summer lunch or dinner. I love olives and will try adding a little bit of chopped olives to my portion next time."

sbpugh User ID: 3396804 105297
Reviewed Jul. 9, 2013

"I had tried a couple couscous recipes in the past, but my husband just didn't care for them. This recipe was my last attempt at couscous, and I am SO glad I tried it! I followed the recipe exactly, and we both thought it was absolutely delicious! It's a brieeze to throw together, and we will DEFINITELY enjoy this many times in the future!"

wldride2001 User ID: 2388619 160054
Reviewed Jun. 24, 2013

"This was an instant hit at our house!! Adjusted the flavors just a little for our taste. A definite make again! Thank you so much for sharing this!"

Grandmalynda User ID: 4761345 162864
Reviewed May. 20, 2013

"I used carrots and red bell pepper was out of tomatoes and cucumber, also used a flavored oil. Was out of the ordinary!"

citygirlsf User ID: 7245125 174837
Reviewed Apr. 29, 2013

"Outstanding. Other than subbing in canned corn for the fresh, I made it as-is and wouldn't change a thing (except for maybe trying it with pearl couscous just for fun). It's great chilled or at room temperature, so it's perfect for summer potlucks.

If you like tabbouleh you will like this salad!"

tell_the_tale User ID: 6198298 174237
Reviewed Dec. 15, 2012

"Absolutely love this. I make it at least a couple times a month and each time I try to make it a littel differnt just to see how far it can go and what all can work. I have used crumbled bacon and cheese and garlic crutons, not only yellow corn but white corn and even some seasoned black beans. Everytime I try something different it seems like this recipe just keeps getting better and better. Defiently have it wrote down in my recipe book for my daughter when she grows up!"

003.5 User ID: 1937372 178560
Reviewed Sep. 28, 2010

"I have made this recipe multiple times for different groups. It has gotten rave reviews each time. The fresh corn adds a lot to it."

lenfinger User ID: 1357210 162858
Reviewed Jul. 23, 2010

"A real winner! I turned this salad into a main dish by adding a cup of diced cooked chicken. I used frozen corn, although I'm sure the flavor of fresh corn is superior. I also cut the lemon juice from 3 T to 2 T; it is sometimes a bit overpowering. I made up the volume with 1 T of water. The vinaigrette was perfect; even my husband, who generally doesn't like salad dressing of any kind, liked it."

jodiw User ID: 1502707 174233
Reviewed Jul. 14, 2010

"On a whim, my husband and I made this salad one night to go with our dinner. It was deliciously light, yet crunchy. Mmmmm! This one's a keeper!"

praney User ID: 5270627 106785
Reviewed Jul. 6, 2010

"Wonderful light summer salad - enough for a meal in itself!"

ry2an User ID: 1964467 106781
Reviewed Jun. 30, 2010

"This is a teriffic salad. Fast and easy. For me the couscous gave a different but interesting texture. I certainly plan to make it again.

Hilma McCorkle"

Maine girl User ID: 5229344 89029
Reviewed Jun. 22, 2010

"I added grilled and chopped, cooled pieces of boneless chicken breast and also black olives"

vbeck User ID: 3312006 160051
Reviewed Jun. 19, 2010

"Please disregard my previous review. I chilled this overnight and it was perfect the next day!"

vbeck User ID: 3312006 105295
Reviewed Jun. 18, 2010

"I made this using extra virgin olive oil. The flavor was much to strong for a salad. Be sure to use a lighter tasting version"

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