Couscous Salad with Parsley and Lime
This is such a refreshing salad and it’s easy to make. We are using regular couscous but if you like Israeli couscous that is also fine, or you could consider bulgar wheat for a result for like tabbouleh. This couscous salad with parsley and lime is zingy, refreshing and really tasty.
The key to making a good couscous salad is freshness. I find the more fresh ingredients it contains the better it is, so grab some tomatoes, cucumber, parsley and limes, along with the other ingredients, and you will be able to rustle up this delicious dish and experience all the amazing fresh flavors the way they are supposed to be enjoyed.
How to Serve It
Serve this as a salad or side dish (it’s especially good with grilled fish or chicken) or consider taking it to work as a special lunch, served with pita bread or crusty bread on the side. This would also be great to take to a potluck buffet because it always goes down well and it’s unlikely someone else will be making the same dish as you. I find that couscous salad with parsley and lime is something everyone is going to ask the recipe for!
If you have leftovers, keep the salad in a covered container in the refrigerator and use it within 2 days. You can swap the lime zest and juice for lemon if you prefer. Lemon is probably more authentic, although we like the special zing lime gives the salad.
- 8¾ oz (250g) couscous
- 11 fl oz (300ml) boiling hot water or vegetable stock, as needed
- Quarter of a cucumber (or quarter of a diced green bell pepper)
- 4 vine-ripened tomatoes
- 3 tablespoons corn kernels
- 1⅓ oz (40g) fresh parsley
- Small bunch of green onions
- Grated zest of a lime
- 6 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 minced garlic clove
- 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
- Salt and black pepper, to taste
- First of all you need to make the couscous.
- Put it in a bowl and pour over the boiling water or stock.
- Give the mixture a stir.
- Now put a plate on top of the bowl (or plastic wrap if you prefer) and let it stand until all the liquid is absorbed.
- This should take about 5 minutes.
- If you still have some liquid, you can sieve the couscous, but this isn't usually necessary.
- Now you can use a fork to fluff up the grains of couscous.
- Finely dice the cucumber and tomatoes, mince the parsley, and slice the green onions.
- Stir the cucumber, tomatoes, corn, parsley and green onions into the couscous.
- Stir in the lime zest too.
- Next whisk together the oil, garlic and lime zest and grind in some salt and black pepper.
- Drizzle this dressing over the couscous and toss well to combine all the ingredients together.
- Serve as a salad or side dish.