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Quick Pesto Couscous Salad

10 min



One-bowl / one-pot

Easy, quick, and delicious: words that perfectly describe this couscous salad! It's also an incredibly versatile recipe, so adjust to your own taste by using red pesto, or bell pepper instead of cucumber, different herbs, or add some lemon juice. Anything goes!



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  • 1 cup (173 g)
  • ½
    vegetable bouillon cube, crushed
  • 1 cup (240 mL)
    boiling water
  • 1 cup (149 g)
    cherry tomatoes
  • ½
  • 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)


  1. To a large bowl, add the couscous, crushed bouillon cube, and boiling water. Mix, cover with a plate and set aside.
  2. In the meantime, chop the veggies, olives and feta into bite-sized pieces, and finely chop the herbs.
  3. Coming back to the large bowl with couscous, remove the plate and use a fork to “fluff” the couscous.
  4. 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.

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Grains & Starches 39%

dry couscous

Proteins 18%

vegan feta

cooked brown lentils

Fruits & Veggies 43%

cherry tomato


kalamata olive

fresh basil

fresh mint leaf

fresh parsley

No significant sources of calcium

kalamata olive

vegan feta

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Kristine - May 22, 2023, 12:41 a.m.

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.

PUL Team - May 22, 2023, 5:34 a.m.

So happy to hear, Kristine, thank you 😃

Sophie - April 21, 2023, 11:30 p.m.

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.

PUL Team - April 22, 2023, 6:37 a.m.

We're so thrilled it's being enjoyed, Sophie!

Rebekka - April 15, 2023, 5:13 p.m.

Really quick to make and very tasty, the kids loved it too!

Maryke - April 7, 2023, 4:42 p.m.

Very very nice!

Suz - Feb. 11, 2023, 4:46 p.m.

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!

PUL Team - Feb. 11, 2023, 11:42 p.m.

Thank you, Suz, do let us know if you have any other feedback 🤗

Rhonda - Feb. 10, 2023, 8:28 p.m.

Our family really loved this recipe. It was delicious. I will be making this again in the near future. Thank you.

PUL Team - Feb. 11, 2023, 2:39 a.m.

Awe it means so much, Rhonda! Happy cooking 🤗

Elyse - Jan. 19, 2023, 5:11 p.m.

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:)

PUL Team - Jan. 20, 2023, 7:32 a.m.

Woohoo - so thrilled it's being enjoyed, Elyse, thank you!

Saudamini - Nov. 29, 2022, 8:17 p.m.

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

PUL Team - Nov. 29, 2022, 10:19 p.m.

Aw thank you, Saudamini, it means so much 😊

Joan - Nov. 17, 2022, 4:54 p.m.

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?

PUL Team - Nov. 19, 2022, 6:21 p.m.

It means so much, Joan, and thank you for the question! We don't have meal plans at the moment, but we're in the works of an exciting project we hope to share soon that might be helpful for meal planning 🤗

Lorena - Oct. 10, 2022, 9:12 p.m.

Tried it today and it's so delicious 😋

Karen - Sept. 27, 2022, 12:32 p.m.

Serve it with a squeeze of lime juice and a dollop of yoghurt! YUUUM.

PUL Team - Sept. 28, 2022, 8:09 p.m.

🙌 so glad to hear, Karen!

kc - Sept. 14, 2022, 1:23 p.m.

Amazing platform and healthy recipes , ive watched PUL for years and absolutely love everything it has to offer

PUL Team - Sept. 15, 2022, 7:19 p.m.

Oh it's so appreciated, kc, thank you!

Ratka - Sept. 12, 2022, 11:06 a.m.

So easy, so delicious! Will be a regular in our home!

Pat - Aug. 17, 2022, 5:44 p.m.

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 👏🏻

PUL Team - Aug. 17, 2022, 11 p.m.

Oh, Pat, thank you for the kind words! So glad the salad was enjoyed 💛

Salome van Ingen - Aug. 8, 2022, 6:45 p.m.

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🥗

PUL Team - Aug. 10, 2022, 8:14 a.m.

Awe it means so much! Thank you for the glowing feedback, Salome van Ingen 😊

Carol - July 30, 2022, 6:31 p.m.

So tasty and easy! I love thus salad. My new favorite. Thank you so much for sharing ❤️

PUL Team - July 31, 2022, 1:36 a.m.

Thank YOU, Carol!

Guru - July 26, 2022, 9:59 p.m.

This has become my quick lunch recipe rather than buying frozen stuff. Sometimes I add finely chopped baby spinach leaves.

PUL Team - July 28, 2022, 7:20 a.m.

So glad it's being enjoyed, Guru, baby spinach is a lovely idea!

Hannah - July 21, 2022, 12:14 p.m.

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

PUL Team - July 22, 2022, 7:24 a.m.

We appreciate the kind words, Hannah, thank you!

Tracy - July 15, 2022, 2:40 a.m.

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!

PUL Team - July 15, 2022, 4:32 a.m.

So happy to hear, Tracy, thank you for taking the time to share!

Brenda - July 2, 2022, 11:53 p.m.

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!).

PUL Team - July 4, 2022, 6:18 p.m.

Mmm sounds delicious, Brenda! It means so much the salad was enjoyed 🙂

Ladybug - June 30, 2022, 1:20 a.m.

Absolutely delicious! Easy and yummy! Thanks for the recipe!❤️

Suluhu - June 26, 2022, 5:49 p.m.

Just made it for a bbq. My mother in law took the leftovers. She's never done that with any food before!

PUL Team - June 27, 2022, 8:02 a.m.

What a lovely compliment, Suluhu! We're so happy it was enjoyed ☺️

Suluhu - Nov. 14, 2022, 2:45 p.m.

Update: I've just eaten it for lunch but I used fonio instead of couscous and it was even deliciouser!

Šárka - June 20, 2022, 1:23 p.m.

I made it when I needed a light lunch and it really was one! I love the combination of these ingredients 😊

PUL Team - June 22, 2022, 3:53 p.m.

So happy to hear, Šárka, thank you!

Elena - June 15, 2022, 2:23 p.m.

quick and healthy lunch idea! I also looove the feta in it

Lisa - June 13, 2022, 11:40 p.m.

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!

PUL Team - June 16, 2022, 2:38 a.m.

Hey Lisa, aw we're glad it was enjoyed! Thanks for sharing the modifications as well 🙂

Romane - June 9, 2022, 10:54 p.m.

It's an easy way to prepare some couscous and veggies ! I like it, it's healthy and tasty :)

PUL Team - June 11, 2022, 5:07 p.m.

Thank you, Romane, do let us know if there's any other feedback 😃

Maayan - May 28, 2022, 1:46 p.m.

Just prepared this and it is sooooo good! Also added some red onion because why not

PUL Team - May 28, 2022, 10:58 p.m.

Mmm love the added onion! Thank you, Maayan 🤗

Catherine - May 23, 2022, 7:42 p.m.

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!

PUL Team - May 24, 2022, 3:17 a.m.

Mmm sounds lovely, Catherine, we're so happy it was enjoyed!

Elvin - May 22, 2022, 6:31 p.m.

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!

PUL Team - May 24, 2022, 1:12 a.m.

It means so much, Elvin, thank you!

Sarolta - May 20, 2022, 10:02 a.m.

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.

PUL Team - May 23, 2022, 1:41 a.m.

Hey Sarolta, thank you for taking the time to share the feedback with us! Did you use the bouillon cube as well? We find a fresh and flavourful pesto is especially helpful in this one aside from the fresh herbs and bouillon cube. We'll note down the feedback in any case though so thank you for contributing to PULs growth 🙂

Charlotte - May 18, 2022, 8:16 p.m.

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!

PUL Team - May 19, 2022, 1:58 a.m.

Woohoo! Thanks, Charlotte, it means so much 😃

Rose - May 17, 2022, 4:55 a.m.

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.

PUL Team - May 18, 2022, 3:48 a.m.

We're so thrilled it was enjoyed, Rose!

Angela - May 14, 2022, 8:24 a.m.

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?

PUL Team - May 15, 2022, 12:41 a.m.

Hey Angela, we find this one stores best in the fridge in an air-tight container for up to 3 days. If you can keep at least the cucumber and tomatoes separate, it'll ensure they stay crunchy, but it's definitely not necessary. Enjoy! 😊

Johanna - May 13, 2022, 3:19 p.m.

Can I use amaranth instead of couscous? And how much?

PUL Team - May 14, 2022, 10:44 p.m.

Hey Johanna, yes you can use an alternative grain such as amaranth if desired. Typically around 1 cup amaranth to 1 ½ cups water for a pilaf like texture is used 🙂