Easy Herbed Couscous Salad: A Simple, Flavorful Side Dish

March 27, 2021
Easy Herbed Couscous Salad

Hey, y’all! Do you love couscous, yet want it to be more flavorful? I have the perfect solution: my easy herbed couscous salad! It can be made in just minutes, yet really packs a flavorful punch. I know y’all are going to love it — it’s a great side dish for the upcoming holidays + warm months (or year ’round, really!).

Easy Herbed Couscous Salad

Easy Herbed Couscous Salad

Easy Herbed Couscous Salad

JC’s note: anytime I want to put ginger in a recipe, I choose to use local Kentucky favorite Ale-8-One. While it’s fabulous to drink, it’s equally fabulous to cook with! You can interchangeably use Ale-8-One or Ale-8 Zero Sugar in the recipe. It’s purely your preference!

About Ale-8: Launched in July of 1926, Ale-8-One is the only Kentucky-invented soft drink still in existence. It was invented by G. L. Wainscott and was named via one of America’s first slogan contests at the Clark County Fair. “A Late One” – the winning entry – was a pun adopted for its witty description. From that, a Kentucky legacy transpired.

Easy Herbed Couscous Salad


1 c. couscous (I like all three of the main varieties of couscous: Moroccan, Israeli, and Lebanese)

1.25 good-quality chicken broth

.25 c. Ale-8-One

2 lemons, juiced (more for garnish if you like)

3 tbsp. parsley, chopped (more for garnish if you like)

Kosher salt, to taste

Black pepper, to taste

Garlic powder, to taste

Onion powder, to taste

Red pepper flakes, a pinch


  1. Rinse couscous.
  2. Add Ale-8-One and chicken broth to a saucepan; over medium to medium-high heat, bring it to a boil.
  3. To the boiling liquids, add in couscous and cover with a lid.
  4. Remove from heat and do not remove lid for 10-15 minutes.
  5. Fluff couscous with a fork and stir in lemon juice, kosher salt, black pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, and red pepper flakes.
  6. Top with additional parsley and garnish with lemon. Serve and enjoy!

Easy Herbed Couscous Salad

How easy is that, y’all?!

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My best,


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