Cilantro lime Couscous salad is a sunny, fresh side dish made with zucchini, tomatoes, onions, cilantro leaves and garlic drizzled with a lovely lime and olive oil dressing.

Served cold, this Cilantro lime Couscous salad is a great summer side dish. A great side kicks to any seafood, quiche or even on it’s own, a light main dish lunch. Plus, it’s a “done under 15 minutes” recipe and taste fantastic, although the longest you let it in the fridge… the better the flavors will become. Usually, I do my couscous last second, but I make too much in order to get some tasty leftovers for lunch the next day. This is one of those meal that gets better over time.

Tabbouleh little cousin

Similar to tabbouleh, the usual one is filled with parsley, which is great, but here, I’ve exchanged the parsley for cilantro, which is, I believe, fresher and merrymaking. Also, I’ve added a touch of lime to it because cilantro without lime… it’s like a burger without its bun. I’ve also exchanged the usual cucumber for some zucchini which is firmer and less watery than cucumber.

Cilantro lime Couscous salad

Bulgur or couscous?

For this recipe, both are great, you can use whether the couscous or the fine bulgur. They are quite similar in taste and texture but bulgur is a tad healthier, it contains 4 times the fibres of couscous and is lower in calories and carbohydrates.

Alternatives

I know… I know… cilantro is not for everyone. There are many cilantro haters out there… but good news! Fresh basil works perfectly too! Furthermore, if you don’t dig the raw zucchinis simply replace them by cucumber! Then a bit of feta and you get yourself a Greek couscous salad. That sounds like my next experiment… Yum!

So let’s make this refreshing couscous salad!


Cilantro lime Couscous

5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 241
Cilantro lime Couscous salad is a sunny, fresh side dish made with zucchini, tomatoes, onions, cilantro leaves and garlic drizzled with a lovely lime and olive oil dressing.

Ingredients

  • 200 g couscous (or bulgur)
  • 1/2 zucchini (cut into small cubes)
  • 2 tomatoes (cut into small cubes)
  • 2 hands cilantro leaves (chopped finely)
  • 1 garlic clove (chopped finely)
  • 5 tbsp olive oil (extra virgin)
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 limes (it's juice)

Instructions 

  • Add the couscous or bulgur to a bowl, add salt, 1 tbsp of olive oil and boiling water to top it (1 cm over).
  • When ready, add all the olive oil left, lime juice and mix well until the couscous is separated.
  • Add all the rest of the ingredients.

Notes

Let it osmose in the fridge for minimum 30 minutes before serving.
Can conserve in the fridge a few days easily.
Author: thefoodolic
Calories: 241kcal
Course: Acompañamiento, Plato principal
Cuisine: Mediterránea
Keyword: couscous, lime, no cilantro, salad, tabbouleh, tabouli

Nutrition

Calories: 241kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 9g | Sodium: 6mg | Potassium: 138mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 114IU | Vitamin C: 10mg | Calcium: 20mg | Iron: 1mg
Nutrition Facts
Cilantro lime Couscous
Amount per Serving
Calories
241
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
12
g
18
%
Saturated Fat
 
2
g
13
%
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
1
g
Monounsaturated Fat
 
9
g
Sodium
 
6
mg
0
%
Potassium
 
138
mg
4
%
Carbohydrates
 
29
g
10
%
Fiber
 
3
g
13
%
Sugar
 
1
g
1
%
Protein
 
5
g
10
%
Vitamin A
 
114
IU
2
%
Vitamin C
 
10
mg
12
%
Calcium
 
20
mg
2
%
Iron
 
1
mg
6
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Enjoy!

Cilantro lime couscous salad

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