Cilantro & Lime Couscous is a fresh side dish made with zucchini, tomatoes, onions, cilantro and garlic. Perfect for the hot summer days, or to serve with anything.

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

Tabbouleh Little Cousin

Cilantro & Lime Couscous

This tabbouleh cousin doesn’t use parsley but cilantro. Also, I’ve added a touch of lime 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. It brings a little crunch to the salad.

Bulgur or couscous?

Cilantro & Lime Couscous

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

Alternatives

Cilantro & Lime Couscous

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 zucchini simply replace them with cucumber! Then a bit of feta and you get yourself a Greek couscous salad. That sounds like my next experiment… Yum!

Storage

You can keep the couscous salad for up to 4 days in the fridge without a problem.

To Serve it with

Cilantro & Lime Couscous

5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 5 people
Calories 241
Cilantro lime Couscous is a fresh side dish made with zucchini, tomatoes, onions, cilantro and garlic drizzled with a 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 a minimum of 30 minutes before serving.
Can conserve in the fridge for 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!

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