Quick Pesto Couscous Salad
One-bowl / one-pot
1 cup (173 g)
½vegetable bouillon cube, crushed
1 cup (240 mL)boiling water
1 cup (149 g)cherry tomatoes
⅓ cup (45 g)kalamata olives
3.2 oz (90 g)
3 Tbsp (4 g)fresh basil (optional)
3 Tbsp (6 g)fresh mint leaves (optional)
3 Tbsp (3 g)fresh parsley (optional)
¾ cup (148 g)cooked brown lentils
¼ cup (64 g)
Make your own
- To a large bowl, add the couscous, crushed bouillon cube, and boiling water. Mix, cover with a plate and set aside.
- In the meantime, chop the veggies, olives and feta into bite-sized pieces, and finely chop the herbs.
- Coming back to the large bowl with couscous, remove the plate and use a fork to “fluff” the couscous.
- Add the veggies, feta, herbs, lentils and pesto to the bowl with couscous. Mix and enjoy!
- The couscous salad can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days.
Let us know what you think
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Grains & Starches 39%
• dry couscous
• vegan feta
• cooked brown lentils
Fruits & Veggies 43%
• cherry tomato
• kalamata olive
• fresh basil
• fresh mint leaf
• fresh parsley
CalciumNo significant sources of calcium
• kalamata olive
• vegan feta
Nutrition per serving
Calories 471 kcal
|Total fat||18.6 g|
|Saturated fat||7.5 g|
|Trans fat||0.0 g|
|Total carbs||61.7 g|
|Dietary fiber||8.6 g|
|Total sugars||3.4 g|
|Added sugars||0.0 g|
|Vitamin A||44 μg RAE|
|Vitamin B6||0.7 mg|
|Vitamin B12||1 μg|
|Vitamin C||12.3 mg|
|Vitamin D||0 μg|
|Vitamin E||1.5 mg|
|Vitamin K||46 μg|
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Discussion & Rating
Really easy and hearty salad. I enjoyed it! It’s good as a side or main. I would omit the broth cube if you prefer a less salty taste— It’s still very tasty without IMO.
I absolutely love it! I made so many times it already became one of my staples. Perfect dish to make a bigger batch and bring it to lunch for work/school.
Really quick to make and very tasty, the kids loved it too!
Very very nice!
I made this today for lunch & really enjoyed it. Very easy to throw together & tasty. I made enough for 3 lunches so I will be taking it to work Monday & Tuesday 😃 I was pleased to find a recipe that allowed me to use up pesto & the half cucumber that was in the fridge!
Our family really loved this recipe. It was delicious. I will be making this again in the near future. Thank you.
I just love this recipe! I never thought to combine some of these ingredients I already often have lying around and it's such a good (and tasty) use of these items! It's also been the envy of a few coworkers when I bring leftovers in for lunch:)
Your recipes are the best Sadia. Honestly, your content guides me like a nutritionist would <3 Love love love your recipes. Thanks for putting in so much effort for us <3
Love to watch your videos and try out your recipes even though I am not totally vegan. At this moment, my couscous is doing it's thing but everything else is ready to go for this delicious looking salad. Perhaps I've missed it but do you post meal plans?
Tried it today and it's so delicious 😋
Serve it with a squeeze of lime juice and a dollop of yoghurt! YUUUM.
Amazing platform and healthy recipes , ive watched PUL for years and absolutely love everything it has to offer
So easy, so delicious! Will be a regular in our home!
While you were off getting married to Robin in Canada ( Congratulations!! 🎉❤️❤️🎉)
I was trying out you salad. The family loved it. I ended up using pearl couscous instead to make it a little heartier! Don’t skip the fresh herbs! The pesto is stand alone awesome 👏🏻
I was astonished that it was so quick and EASY to make!❤ beside it is being easy to make, the flavour is also 👌🏻Wow! This is definatly my new go-to salad. A new couscous lover roams the earth haha🥗
So tasty and easy! I love thus salad. My new favorite. Thank you so much for sharing ❤️
This has become my quick lunch recipe rather than buying frozen stuff. Sometimes I add finely chopped baby spinach leaves.
I loved this recipe, so simple but so delicious. And perfect for the summer heat.
Really good to have as an alternative to my standard Couscous Salad :D
This was amazing! I told my family what I was making for dinner and they gave me a weird look and were not looking forward to it. Then they tried it and gobbled it up! I had to make another batch of this deliciousness so they could eat more. Highly recommend!
Thanks for such a quick and easy dinner that was perfect for the summer weather. I also used your pesto recipe and the dish was such a delight! My husband, who is not a fan of salads, even came back for seconds (and thirds!).
Absolutely delicious! Easy and yummy! Thanks for the recipe!❤️
Just made it for a bbq. My mother in law took the leftovers. She's never done that with any food before!
I made it when I needed a light lunch and it really was one! I love the combination of these ingredients 😊
quick and healthy lunch idea! I also looove the feta in it
This recipe was fresh, easy and delicious. Great to bring along as a side to a summer barbecue. For personal preference, I omitted the olives and chose to include a generous amount of chili flakes to the pesto which adding light kick to this already well balanced flavor. Yum!
It's an easy way to prepare some couscous and veggies ! I like it, it's healthy and tasty :)
Just prepared this and it is sooooo good! Also added some red onion because why not
It was very good and quick to put together! My picky daughter loves it too! I didn’t have feta. Also I added leftover cooked asparagus and I used a whole can of lentils which is more than what the recipe called for. Great lunch. I will be making this one again for sure! Thank you!
It is very tasty and easy to prepare. I will be taking this recipe as reference and alternate according to what I have in my fridge. Thank you very much!
I really liked the recipe, but I had to use much more pesto and some lemon juice as well because without those it didn't have much taste, even though I used all the herbs too.
I swapped the couscous for quinoa as its naturally gluten free and the salad was absolutely delicious! I made the PUL feta for it too which is always a big hit. I can tell this will be a go-to salad to make this summer as it involves someone my favourite things!
Made this for lunch today, was a hit with my omnivore parents. I subbed elbow macaroni for couscous and chickpeas for lentils and it was still tasty.
This looks amazing! I’ve been looking for different ways to make couscous!
Would this last in the fridge for meal prep or would you recommend the ingredients be kept separate from each other until serving?
Can I use amaranth instead of couscous? And how much?