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Tomato and Basil Couscous Salad

Total Time

Prep: 20 min. + chilling


8 servings

Updated: Oct. 13, 2022
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
Tomato and Basil Couscous Salad Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 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


  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.

Nutrition Facts

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

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