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Tomato Basil Couscous Salad

This is a great salad for picnics since the dressing is made with oil and vinegar, not mayonnaise. It's so good, though, that I serve it year-round. --Karen Scales
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. + chilling
  • Makes
    8 servings


  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 package (10 ounces) couscous
  • 1 cup chopped green onions
  • 1 cup seeded diced plum tomatoes
  • 1/3 cup thinly sliced fresh basil
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1/3 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 cup halved cherry tomatoes


  • In a large saucepan, bring broth to a boil; add couscous. Cover and remove from the heat; let stand for 5 minutes. Transfer to a large bowl; fluff with a fork and cool.
  • Stir in the onions, tomatoes, basil, oil, vinegar, pepper flakes, salt and pepper. Cover and refrigerate until chilled. Garnish with tomatoes.
Nutrition Facts
1/2 cup: 223 calories, 10g fat (1g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 389mg sodium, 30g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 2g fiber), 6g protein.

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  • AnnieDrews
    Jun 10, 2012

    I made this today and it was so delicious, light and refreshing. I added cucumber to mine and subbed in Cherub tomatoes. I loved it so much, I blogged about it. : )

  • Andrea LaBounty
    Feb 13, 2012

    love this recipe. i add a red pepper and some greek olives. taste great.