Pearl Couscous Salad

BY : PUBLISHED : May 7th, 2012 UPDATED: September 29th, 2022

From the author: I tried to recreate this couscous salad from a meal my friend Lindsay made for me a while back. It’s a great potluck or picnic dish, and with the exception of the olive oil and the olives that I already had, the dish cost me about four bucks. You can make it with regular couscous or quinoa, but pearl couscous (also called Israeli couscous) is my favorite. You can also put any other veggies that you’d like.

Pearl couscous salad with cucumbers and zucchini in a large bowl.
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Couscous Salad: Super-Easy Lunch

This pearl couscous salad is the simplest and quickest lunch you can throw together. Just cook the couscous for 10 mins and while you wait, you can cut up your veggies. Another plus is you can use any veggies you have. Diced tomatoes, shredded carrots, corn, or green peas. Choose your favorites and add away!

Add Some Extra Protein

This recipe is a complete lunch on its own but, why not take the chance to add some extra protein? There are so many ways we could do that. If you want to keep it super simple, add some black beans straight from the can (rinse them first!). But if you want something a little more elaborate, you could add some crispy spicy tofu or some tasty roasted chickpeas. So many possibilities!

Veggie Broth Magic

One of the reasons this recipe is so tasty is because of the flavors from the vegetable broth. You could use plain water but you’d miss out on a much tastier pearl couscous salad. Vegetable broth is such a staple when it comes to healthy plant-based cooking. You can use it on dishes such as risotto, veggie soup, and many others. As you can see in the recipe, we prefer bouillon dissolved in water instead of buying cartons of vegetable broth because it’s more flavorful.

This recipe is also a great dish to make when you’re batch cooking for the week ahead! You could even double up the recipe and customize half of it. Either by adding new ingredients to it or eating it as a side with something like a bean burger.

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Pearl Couscous Salad

Toni Okamoto
This super easy to prepare Pearl Couscous Salad is a great choice for those days when you don't have much time to hustle in the kitchen!
5 from 5 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Lunch
Cuisine Middle Eastern
Servings 4 servings
Calories 377 kcal
DIET Vegan


  • 2 cups of pearl/Israeli couscous
  • 1 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 1 vegetable bouillon cube dissolved in 2 cups of water
  • ¼ of a small red onion diced
  • 10 Greek pitted kalamata or green olives halved
  • ½ of a cucumber diced


  • In a medium pot and over medium-high heat, stir couscous and olive oil until it’s lightly browned. Add the vegetable broth, bring to a boil, cover and let simmer for 10 minutes.
  • If you're dying to eat it right away, mix in the veggies and eat up. However, I like to wait until the couscous is completely cooled. Since I can be really impatient, I sometimes throw it in the freezer for about 10 minutes and then take it out and stir in the veggies.



Any variety of couscous and even quinoa will work in this dish.


Calories: 377kcalCarbohydrates: 69gProtein: 11gFat: 5gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gSodium: 285mgPotassium: 207mgFiber: 5gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 54IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 31mgIron: 1mg
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Disclaimer: Although attempts to provide accurate nutritional information, kindly note that these are only estimates. Nutritional information may be affected based on the product type, the brand that was purchased, and in other unforeseeable ways. will not be held liable for any loss or damage resulting for your reliance on nutritional information. If you need to follow a specific caloric regimen, please consult your doctor first.

About Toni Okamoto

"They say you are what you eat, so I strive to be healthy.
My goal in life is not to be rich or wealthy,
'Cause true wealth comes from good health and wise ways...
we got to start taking better care of ourselves " - Dead Prez

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