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Summer Garden Couscous Salad

This couscous 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.
  • Makes
    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


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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  • jeanemed
    Apr 7, 2020

    Really good salad. I might leave the corn out next time, but with or without, it was really good. Didn’t have fresh corn so I used frozen, and cooked in the microwave for a couple of minutes. I had leftover couscous that had been cooked in chicken broth. Used a yellow onion instead of red because that’s what I had. I didn’t have small tomatoes so I just diced up a couple of tomatoes. Was perfect. Next time, I might add avocado.

  • kimspacc
    Mar 16, 2018

    Delicious dressing!

  • PrplMonky5
    Mar 10, 2016

    No comment left

  • cariboocook
    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
    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
    Jul 20, 2015

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

  • rmbarr059
    Apr 27, 2015

    Love this!

  • Caligrn5
    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
    Sep 14, 2014

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

  • mbsw
    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.