Mediterranean Cous Cous Salad

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  • 1 1/2 cups cous cous
  • 3 1/2 cups of water
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 8 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 4 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • 1/2 thinly sliced red onion
  • 1 cucumber
  • 1 clove garlic, grated
  • 2/3 cup Feta cheese crumbles
  • 2 pinches cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin


  1. Bring 3 1/2 cups of water to a boil with 1 teaspoon salt and 2 teaspoons of olive oil
  2. When the water is boiling, add your cous cous, stir until all the cous cous is under water, cover with a lid, and remove from the heat
  3. Let the cous cous sit for 10-12 minutes
  4. Remove lid and fluff with a fork
  5. While the cous cous is cooking, slice the cucumber, red onion, and crumble the feta cheese
  6. In a bowl, combine a lot of ice and cold water. Place the sliced red onions in the heavily iced water for 5-10 minutes to remove some of the sharpness
  7. After they have been sitting in ice water for the proper amount of time, remove the onions and let the drain on a few layers of paper towels
  8. Set the veggies aside
  9. For the dressing:
  10. Whisk together your red wine vinegar, 8 tablespoons of olive oil, parsley, oregano, basil, dijon mustard, grated garlic, and a pinch of salt and pepper
  11. Once the cous cous is cooked, transfer to a large salad bowl
  12. Add the the veggies, feta cheese, and dressing
  13. Toss together until everything is coated
  14. Taste and add any seasoning you think the salad needs