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Oil Free Middle Eastern Couscous Salad

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  • Author: Monkey and Me Kitchen Adventures
  • Prep Time: 20 Minutes
  • Total Time: 20 Minutes
  • Yield: 3-4 Servings 1x
  • Category: Salad
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Middle Eastern Inspired
  • Diet: Vegan


Healthy, flavorful, and vibrant, this Oil Free Middle Eastern Couscous Salad is a simple and delicious chopped salad filled with delightful veggies, protein-packed chickpeas, and tender couscous.



Base Salad Ingredients:

  • ¾ cup uncooked pearl couscous *
  • 6 to 7 cups chopped Romaine lettuce *
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 8 green onions, thinly sliced (+/-)
  • 2 small cucumbers, fine chop
  • 1 cup chopped tomatoes, small dice
  • 1 – [ 15 oz. can ] chickpeas, drained and rinsed *
  • 1 Tablespoon lemon juice

Dressing Ingredients:

  • ¼ cup + 2 Tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 Tablespoon tahini
  • 1 Tablespoon miso *
  • 2 teaspoons pure maple syrup (+/-)
  • 2 Tablespoons water
  • 1/8 teaspoon dried mint
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt (+/-) *
  • Pinch black pepper


  1. Cook the couscous according to package directions, drain, rinse well with cold water, shake well to remove excess water, allow to drain, set aside.
  2. Place all the Salad Base Ingredients into a large bowl, mix well, set aside.
  3. Add the Dressing Ingredients into a bowl, whisk well until emulsified.
  4. Taste test the dressing for flavor, add more ingredients to reach the flavor you desire.
  5. Pour the dressing over the salad ingredients, mix well to completely coat the salad ingredients. Taste test and add more seasonings as needed.
  6. Serve and enjoy!


*Please reference the blog post for Tips for Success, Pantry Items Used, Storage and Freezing, and Kitchen Products Used. 

*Sea Salt:  Please adjust the sea salt based upon your family’s sea salt preferences and/or based upon dietary needs.   

*Servings: 3 to 4