Garden Couscous

I’m just going to come out and say it: I’m in love with my herb garden. This is the first year that I planted herbs and I could not be happier about the outcome. My Rosemary, Chives, Mint, Basil and Parsley have grown and provided me with so much since I planted them in the spring. I take such satisfaction and enjoyment out of opening my back door, walking out onto my desk, snipping sprigs from my herbs and using them to prepare delicious dishes.

While I was at the store the other day I picked up a few packages of couscous without having a particular recipe in mind. As soon as I got home, a recipe popped into my head as I was watering my herbs. Why not chop up a bunch of veggies and fresh herbs and toss them into couscous? The end result was a delicious lunch that I aptly named Garden Couscous since I used many of the items found in my backyard.

Garden Couscous


  • 1 cup plain couscous
  • 2 cups cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 medium cucumber, chopped
  • 1 medium green bell pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 cup fresh chives, chopped
  • 1/4 cup fresh Italian Parsley, chopped
  • 1/3 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 teaspoon sugar
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup feta cheese


  1. Cook couscous according to the directions on the package; fluff with fork.
  2. Combine tomatoes, cucumber, pepper, chives and parsley in a large bowl. Fold in couscous.
  3. Whisk together the balsamic vinegar, olive oil and sugar. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Pour mixture over couscous and vegetables and toss to coat.
  4. Chill up to 24 hours and garnish with feta cheese before serving.

What herbs have you planted this year?


  • Reply Jenny June 21, 2010 at 4:17 pm

    This is absolutely gorgeous Jen! Love it :)

  • Reply Maria June 21, 2010 at 7:34 pm

    Great summer recipe!

  • Reply Michelle @ Brown Eyed Baker June 21, 2010 at 8:23 pm

    What a gorgeous couscous salad for summer!

  • Reply Fuji Mama June 21, 2010 at 10:07 pm

    This looks delicious! If I make it with what's available in my garden, then basil will be featured, because I always have an abundant amount of basil growing!

  • Reply Baking is my Zen...sweet nibbles for the soul June 21, 2010 at 10:22 pm

    So colorful! Beautiful photo!

    I don't have space for a garden, but if I did, I definitely would grow veggies…and herbs.


  • Reply Cookin' Canuck June 22, 2010 at 3:54 am

    What a fresh and healthy way to dress up couscous. I, too, am in love with my herb and vegetable garden. My husband built me a raised bed last year and I am thrilled to gather fresh produce from it during the summer.

  • Reply susanna june June 23, 2010 at 3:30 am

    Just made this recipe tonight and Loved it! It was so fresh and light, perfect for summer. I will be making this again.

  • Reply How To: Simplify June 23, 2010 at 4:29 pm

    Susanna June: I'm so happy to hear that you loved the recipe! Thanks for letting me know that you enjoyed it!

  • Reply Mary June 24, 2010 at 5:31 am

    Love the list of ingredients! Amazing photography!! Thrilled I found your blog!

    Delightful Bitefuls

  • Reply Maggy@ThreeManyCooks June 24, 2010 at 4:02 pm

    Love salads like this. So delicious! Glad you are enjoying your herb garden ;)

  • Reply ivoryhut June 25, 2010 at 4:08 pm

    I'm in love with your garden too. :) What a beautiful bounty! Great recipe to show it off, too.

  • Reply Britt November 16, 2011 at 5:16 am

    What is cut balsamic vinegar? Is it a golden balsamic vinegar? Thank you! I am fairly new to cooking. :)

  • Reply Anonymous February 21, 2012 at 9:00 pm

    Great idea and great recipe I made this for dinner last night and it was hit and had enough for lunch the next day! Thanks to Pinterest I am glad I found your blog.

  • Reply Susanna April 14, 2012 at 9:59 pm

    So good! I made it with quinoa for a friend who is allergic to gluten and it was really good that way also! Plus you get in some protein :)

  • Reply Anonymous July 12, 2012 at 1:20 am

    What's cut balsamic vinegar

  • Reply Anonymous October 7, 2012 at 4:43 pm

    What is cut balsamic vinegar? I followed your recipe exactly, but the balsamic makes the couscous go brown and not the same colour as in your picture? When you took the picture had you not added your balsamic yet?

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