Middle Eastern-Inspired Couscous

Serves 3-5

Although this couscous doesn’t need much time to make (Because of the instant couscous. Cough.), it does require quite a few ingredients. The yogurt dressing adds a lot to the salad, and is just enough to tie all of the flavors together without over-powering anything.

Surely vegetable add-ins (i.e. chickpeas) would be lovely in this couscous to make it hearty and very much salad-like. If you prefer to have more yogurt dressing, simply double or triple the dressing recipe (I would leave out the olive oil if you do plan on doubling/ tripling).

Be sure to use a fork when mixing the couscous to avoid clumpy and mushy couscous.


3 tablespoons greek yogurt
1 tablespoon lime juice
1 tablespoon milk
1 ½ tablespoons olive oil

1 cup cooked couscous**

½ cup (4g / .15 oz) loosely packed mint leaves, chopped
½ cup (7g / .25 oz) loosely packed parsley leaves, chopped
¼ cup (25g / .90 oz) finely chopped red onion
1 clove garlic, minced
1 teaspoon cumin seeds
½ teaspoon freshly ground cinnamon
Healthy pinch of lemon zest
Pinch Nutmeg
Salt & Pepper, to taste


Whisk all of the dressing ingredients together in a bowl. Set aside.

Fork the cooked couscous. Mix in the mint, parsley, red onion, garlic, lemon zest, cumin seeds, ground cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, and pepper.

Mix the couscous and dressing together. Serve cold.

**To cook the couscous: Follow the package directions or place ⅔ cup uncooked couscous in a bowl. Stir in 2/3 cup boiled water. Cover with plastic wrap for 5-10 minutes. Fluff with a fork.