Couscous Greek Salad With Home-Made Dressing

This couscous Greek salad with home-made dressing is a delicious, filling and easy to make summer salad packed with lots of healthy goodness. Made in just 20 minutes!  

This couscous Greek salad with home-made dressing is a delicious, filling and easy to make summer salad packed with lots of healthy goodness. Made in just 20 minutes!  

Look no further for a taste of the Mediterranean than with this simple couscous Greek salad!

With a 3 ingredient “shake up in a jar” dressing you’ve got fantastic tangy flavours to go with it too. The sweet sharpness of the dressing really enhances the freshness and taste of the salad ingredients.

I’ve based this salad on a traditional Kalamata Greek Salad with the exception being that I couldn’t get Kalamata Olives. If you can get them then great, but black olives from a jar (which is what I used) will work well too.

Also I say BASED on a Kalamata Greek salad (before I’m leapt upon by our Greek friends 😉 ) as that wouldn’t normally have couscous in it. I’ve added that to bulk it up and make it a perfect all in one quick healthy meal.

The couscous doesn’t require any physical cooking, just a few minutes to “self cook” in some boiled water. Whilst that’s happening you can chop up all your salad ingredients at the same time.

So this really is a perfectly simple quick healthy meal to put together which is ideal for lunch, packed lunches and /or for dinner!

This couscous Greek salad with home-made dressing is a delicious, filling and easy to make summer salad packed with lots of healthy goodness. Made in just 20 minutes!  

The dressing of course isn’t in any way mandatory either if you don’t have red wine vinegar to hand.

I’ve based the dressing on a simple red wine vinegar dressing recipe that I had but you could of course just drizzle the salad with a little good quality extra virgin olive oil instead.

This couscous Greek salad with home-made dressing is a delicious, filling and easy to make summer salad packed with lots of healthy goodness. Made in just 20 minutes!  

I don’t know about you but my mainstay for my work packed lunches is normally soups because they are so easy to make in bulk and freeze but sometimes you want a change. This is where this super easy salad comes in. Plus it won’t leave you hungry like some salads do!

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This couscous Greek salad with home-made dressing is a delicious, filling and easy to make summer salad packed with lots of healthy goodness. Made in just 20 minutes!  
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Couscous Greek Salad With Home-Made Dressing
Prep Time
20 mins
Total Time
20 mins
 

This couscous Greek salad with home-made dressing is a delicious, filling and easy to make summer salad packed with lots of healthy goodness. Made in just 20 minutes!  

Course: Lunch or Dinner
Servings: 2 people
Calories: 589 kcal
Author: neil@neilshealthymeals.com
Ingredients
Home-Made Dressing: -
  • 2 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 garlic clove crushed
  • Freshly ground salt and pepper
Couscous Greek Salad :-
  • 100 g Couscous
  • 2 large ripe tomatoes diced
  • 2 inch piece of cucumber sliced then quartered
  • ½ red onion thinly sliced
  • 16 Black olives from a jar
  • 75 g feta cheese crumbled
  • 2 tbsp fresh parsley chopped
Instructions
Home-Made Dressing: -
  1. Place red wine vinegar, olive oil and garlic into a jar with a lid and shake well.
  2. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
Couscous Greek Salad :-
  1. 1) First cook your Couscous by placing it in a bowl and pour freshly boiled water over it, covering roughly 1cm / ½”. Stir and cover with a plate and set aside for 5 minutes. After 5 minutes, use a fork to fluff up the grains and set aside to cool.
  2. 2) Combine the cooled couscous, tomatoes, cucumber, red onion and olives in a large bowl.
  3. 3) Add the red wine vinegar dressing and combine with the salad.
  4. 4) Divide the couscous salad between two serving plates and crumble the feta cheese over and garnish with the chopped parsley.

Nutrition Facts
Couscous Greek Salad With Home-Made Dressing
Amount Per Serving
Calories 589 Calories from Fat 288
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 32g 49%
Saturated Fat 9g 45%
Cholesterol 33.4mg 11%
Sodium 1423.5mg 59%
Total Carbohydrates 62.9g 21%
Dietary Fiber 7.5g 30%
Sugars 11.2g
Protein 15.8g 32%
Vitamin A 15%
Vitamin C 56%
Calcium 31%
Iron 20%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

This couscous Greek salad with home-made dressing is a delicious, filling and easy to make summer salad packed with lots of healthy goodness. Made in just 20 minutes!

Well folks Lady Lynne and I are pretty excited for this weekend’s meet up with Catherine and Liam for the Edinburgh Food Festival on Saturday.

We’ve not been to that one before. We never miss the BBC Good Food Show festival which is also coming up in Glasgow on 20th October, so plenty of foodie stuff for us to look forward to!

Anyway, that’s enough of us. What are you folks doing this weekend? Whatever it is have fun and I’ll catch you next week for more tasty salads on Tuesday, a chicken, walnut and blue cheese one and then a new smashed avocado and poached egg on muffins healthy breakfast / brunch recipe on Thursday too! 🙂

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This couscous Greek salad with home-made dressing is a delicious, filling and easy to make summer salad packed with lots of healthy goodness. Made in just 20 minutes!

Comments

  1. I LOVE greek salads, even though I”m not huge on feta and cheeses, and you know I’m weird about dressings. I would take this sans dressing (well, maybe some on the side) and a biiiig spritz of lemon, and I would be forever happy!

    • neil@neilshealthymeals.com says:

      I’d be happy eating Greek salads for breakfast, lunch and dinner Susie!

      I would be great if Scotland could have more weather like Greece too, ha ha!

      Yep, just a slice of lemon squeezed over the top of this salad tastes brilliant too. Have a great weekend! 🙂

  2. This sounds incredible, Neil! I love a good Greek salad, and the idea to switch it up and serve it over couscous is super fun. 🙂 Plus, I love feta cheese + olives. Pile up the toppings on this one for me, my friend! Also, this would indeed make an excellent work lunch. You can make a huge batch on Sunday and then work on it throughout the week. Yum! And those food festivals sound fun, too. Actually, just being in Scotland sounds like fun. You have such a great country, and I’m more than a little jealous that you will be in Edinburgh this weekend! Hope you all have a great time!
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    • neil@neilshealthymeals.com says:

      Thanks David. I think I might just take you up on your suggestion of making a huge batch on Sunday and working on it through out the week. After I’ve finished working in Edinburgh next week I’m back to Glasgow and will be having some late nights finishing the project, so good shout!

      I hope to get some pics this weekend of the food festival and if I do I’ll share them next week. Take care and the three of you have a great weekend! 😀

  3. I used to LOVE couscous, something I totally miss!
    My mom is a huge fan of kalamata olives, but I’m more of a classic black olive girl, myself 😉

    • neil@neilshealthymeals.com says:

      I can understand you missing couscous Rebecca with your gluten intolerance, I’m really sorry about that. I haven’t tried this with quinoa, perhaps it might work with that as a substitute?

      I think I’m with your mum regarding the Olives I’m afraid. 😉 Have a great weekend!

  4. Hi Neil,
    Fun fact: I just came back from Greece and there I’ve tried the actual Kalamata Greek Salad. Believe me, it was absolutely delicious and I was planning to do it on my own. However, just like you, I couldn’t find any Kalamata olives, but thanks to this recipe, I might have found the winning formula!

    • neil@neilshealthymeals.com says:

      Thanks so much for your comment Ushmana. 🙂

      Hope you enjoy this salad as much as we do.

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