Mediterranean-Inspired Israeli Couscous Salad

Mediterranean Israeli Couscous Salad

My Mediterranean Israeli Couscous Salad is a great chilled salad to bring along to parties this summer or to make ahead when you are hosting! It’s simple, beautiful, flavorful, and a big-time crowd pleaser. It’s a great side to summer BBQ-ing, or you can get elegant and serve it with grilled lamb chops! yum! 

I love how bright and refreshing the flavors are in this dish. The fresh herbs in combination with the lemon really shine. While the fresh veggies add a nice crunch alongside the soft, pillowy Israeli couscous. 

Mediterranean Israeli Couscous Salad

If you like this Mediterranean Israeli Couscous Salad, try my One-Pot Cacio e Pepe Israeli Couscous for a warm dish to eat alone or pair with almost any protein!

Mediterranean Israeli Couscous Salad
Serves: 8 people
5 from 4 votes
Total Time30 mins


  • 1.5 cups uncooked isreali couscous
  • 1.5 cups english cucumber, fourthed lengthwise then sliced thinly (about 1/2 english cucumber)
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 cup quartered and thinly sliced red onion (about 1/4 of a medium sized onion)
  • 1/2 cup kalamata olives, halved and drained
  • 1 tbsp finely chopped fresh dill
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice (about 1 lemon)
  • 2 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp kosher salt , or more to taste
  • 1/2 tsp freshly cracked black pepper
  • 6 ounces crumbled feta


  • Heat a large saucepan or small pot of water over high heat and bring to a boil. Add the isreali couscous and cook according to package instructions. When the couscous is cooked through, or tender, drain off the water and rinse under cold water (this helps remove some of the sticky starch texture and chills the couscous).
  • Transfer drained and rinsed couscous to a large bowl. Combine all of the remaining ingredients and toss until very well combined.
  • Cover and refrigerate to allow flavors to meld and for the salad to chill, at least 1 hour. Salad keeps for 5 days.


  • Reply
    September 2, 2022 at 2:24 pm

    5 stars
    I make a huge batch of this every Sunday for my husband and I to snack on throughout the week. We both absolutely love it. I add an extra lemon just for personal preference, but even without that it’s just perfect!

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    June 26, 2022 at 8:36 pm

    5 stars
    Amazing!! Took me less than 10 mins to make I’ve never made cous cous before and couldn’t believe how easy it was. Delicious 🤤

    • Reply
      June 26, 2022 at 9:54 pm

      so happy you enjoyed it!

  • Reply
    June 12, 2022 at 10:59 pm

    5 stars
    I love this!!! Not a huge fan of dill so I use mint.

  • Reply
    February 23, 2021 at 6:13 pm

    5 stars
    Highly recommend! It is an easy and delicious side

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