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Mediterranean Couscous Salad with Smoked Salmon

Mediterranean Couscous Salad is a light and healthy summer salad, dressed in olive oil, filled with summer vegetables, and topped with incredibly delicious smoked salmon.

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It’s easy and simple and refreshing… and perfect for the warm days of summer.

What to Love About This Salad

  • Quick and easy summer salad ready in under 20 minutes
  • Healthy Mediterranean flavors and ingredients
  • Smoked salmon

While testing this recipe, I repeatedly asked the family what they liked best. Almost all of them immediately replied, “smoked salmon.” It’s what sets this healthy couscous salad apart!

For me, it’s all about the refreshing, crunchy vegetables and Mediterranean flavors.

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Couscous Salad

This delicious salad is a mildly flavored Mediterranean-inspired salad with fresh vegetables and a simple tangy vinaigrette.

The smoked salmon adds a delicious layer of robust flavor, adding richness to the salad. It’s a dinner-worthy meal, perfect for the warm days of summer.

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Mediterranean Couscous Salad Ingredients

These simple ingredients when combined make a delicious summer salad. The exact measurements are in the recipe card at the bottom of this post. Here’s what you need:

  • Uncooked couscous
  • Olive oil
  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Green pepper
  • Garlic cloves
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • English cucumber
  • Fresh parsley
  • Fresh dill
  • Green onions
  • Smoked salmon
  • Feta

Ingredient Notes and Substitutions

One of this salad’s best attributes is how easy it is to adapt. Here are some ideas:

Green pepper: I used a poblano pepper, but any type of pepper you like works too. Or, you can substitute a cup of pepperoncini, stemmed and sliced into rings. The brine adds a delicious flavor to this simple couscous salad.

Apple Cider Vinegar: I love the flavor of apple cider vinegar, but you may want to add red or white wine vinegar or even champaign vinegar. Or substitute pepperoncini brine for the vinegar if using that as a substitution for the peppers.

Smoked Salmon: This is an incredibly healthy, flavor-packed addition to the salad. You can always eliminate it or substitute it for smoked trout.

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How to Make Couscous Salad with Smoked Salmon

This salad has three simple steps; cooking the couscous, whisking the dressing, and combining the ingredients.

Step 1: Cook the couscous

In a medium saucepan, bring the water to a boil. Remove from the heat and stir in the couscous and salt. Cover and let sit for 10 minutes then fluff with a fork and let cool slightly.

Step 2: Whisk the dressing

Whisk the olive oil, vinegar, garlic, and fresh dill together in a large bowl. Add the cooked couscous and toss to coat. Let cool slightly while preparing the vegetables.

Step 3: Combine the couscous salad ingredients

Into the bowl, add cherry tomatoes, cucumber, parsley, scallions, and chopped peppers. Season with salt and pepper to taste; gently toss to combine. Add additional olive oil to taste.

How to Serve Couscous Salad

To serve, divide the salad into portions and top each with flaked smoked salmon and feta. A squeeze of lemon or a lemon wedge served on the side is delicious.

How Long Can You Store Couscous Salad

This salad can be refrigerated in a covered container for up to 4 days. Drizzle additional olive oil over the salad before serving.

Storing Smoked Salmon

Smoked salmon can be refrigerated for up to 2 weeks unopened. If opened, I like to use it within 4 to 5 days. It can also be frozen in its packaging for up to 3 months.

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Mediterranean Couscous Salad with Smoked Salmon

Yield: 6 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

Mediterranean Couscous Salad is a light and healthy summer salad, lightly dressed in olive oil, and topped with incredibly delicious smoked salmon.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups water
  • 1 1/2 cups dry couscous
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup olive oil, plus more for drizzling
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon fresh dill, chopped
  • 1 green pepper, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 medium English cucumber, chopped
  • 1/2 cup fresh parsley, chopped
  • 3 green onions, chopped
  • 6 ounces smoked salmon, flaked
  • 1/3 cup feta

Instructions

  1. In a medium saucepan, bring the water to a boil. Remove from the heat and stir in the couscous and salt. Cover and let sit for 10 minutes then fluff with a fork and let cool slightly.
  2. Whisk the olive oil, vinegar, garlic, and fresh dill together in a large bowl. Add the cooked couscous and toss to coat. Let cool slightly while preparing vegetables.
  3. Into the bowl, add cherry tomatoes, cucumber, parsley, scallions, and chopped peppers. Season with salt and pepper to taste; gently toss to combine. Add additional olive oil to taste.
  4. To serve, divide the salad into portions and top each with flaked smoked salmon and feta. A squeeze of lemon or a lemon wedge served on the side is delicious.

Notes

Storing the Mediterranean Couscous Salad

This salad can be refrigerated in a covered container for up to 4 days. Drizzle additional olive oil over the salad before serving.

Storing Smoked Salmon

Smoked salmon can be refrigerated for up to 2 weeks unopened. If opened, I like to use it within 4 to 5 days. It can also be frozen in its packaging for up to 3 months.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 250Total Fat: 13gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 7mgSodium: 933mgCarbohydrates: 23gFiber: 2gSugar: 2gProtein: 9g

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