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Middle Eastern Couscous Salad with Feta and Mint

The only “cooking” you do is boiling water, and you do that in the microwave! If tomato couscous is unavailable, substitute whole wheat, spinach or plain couscous—all are equally delicious.



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1 ⅓ cups tomato couscous
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¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
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2 red or green jalapeno chiles, seeded and minced
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1 tsp. ground cumin
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1 tsp. ground coriander
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2 cloves garlic, crushed
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1 8-oz. pkg. ready-to-eat fresh or frozen shelled edamame, thawed (1 ½ cups)
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1 packed cup fresh mint leaves, coarsely chopped
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6 thin scallions, thinly sliced
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1 lemon for zest and juice
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6 oz. crumbled feta cheese or soy feta (about 1 cup)


  1. Combine couscous, 1 Tbs. oil, jalapeños, cumin, coriander, garlic and salt to taste in large bowl; whisk together until couscous is evenly coated. Scatter edamame on top, and pour on 2 cups boiling water. Cover bowl with plastic wrap. Let stand 5 minutes, until water is absorbed. Uncover bowl, fluff mixture with fork and cool completely.
  2. Meanwhile, quarter large and halve small tomatoes, and put in large bowl. Add mint and scallions. Grate about 1 1/2 tsp. zest from lemon on top.
  3. Add cooled couscous mixture to tomato mixture with remaining 3 Tbs. oil, juice of half lemon, or to taste, and salt to taste; toss to combine. Add feta, and gently toss to combine.
  4. Line 6 plates with lettuce leaves, and top with salad. Garnish with olives, if using, and serve.


Nutrition Information: 

17 g
Total Fat: 
18 g
Saturated Fat: 
6 g
46 g
25 mg
380 mg
9 g
4 g

Comments on this Recipe

what is tomato cous cous?

I made it with regular cous cous. It's cheaper. A note about this recipe: when they say "one lemon for zest and juice" they do not mean to zest and juice the whole lemon! I didn't read the text closely enough and just worked from the ingredient list. I also found the mint too much, even when I halved the amount.

I absolutely lived this recipe. So many flavors that blended so well. Read the directions carefully when adding the EVOO. It's added in two parts.