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Israeli Couscous Salad

30 mins
Serves 4-6
Savoury pancakes

Try this simple but delicious vegan couscous salad recipe. Only requires a few ingredients.

This recipe is featured in our NZVS Home-Tried Favourites recipe book.


  • 1 cup Israeli couscous (to cook needs water and salt)
  • Optional extras (a handful of each)
  • Capers
  • Capsicum
  • Fresh coriander
  • Fresh parsley
  • Olives
  • Raisins/sultanas
  • Red onion
  • Silverbeet
  • Slivered almonds
  • Sun-dried tomatoes
  • Tomato


  • 3 Tbs oil
  • 1 tsp all-purpose seasoning
  • 1 tsp vinegar
  • Pepper, to taste


  1. Heat the oil over a medium high heat in a large saucepan.
  2. Cook the couscous, stirring frequently, until golden (approximately 4–5 minutes).
  3. Add 2 cups of water and salt and bring to boil. Reduce heat to medium low. Cover and simmer until the couscous is just tender and the liquid is absorbed (approximately 9–10 minutes). Set aside and cool slightly.
  4. Mix the optional extras together in a bowl.
  5. Make the dressing. Whisk oil, vinegar, all-purpose seasoning and pepper in small bowl until smooth.
  6. Add couscous and dressing. Toss until all ingredients are coated and serve.