Salmon Couscous Salad with Tomatoes and Zucchini


Salmon Couscous Salad

We eat a lot of good food in this house, but one element that’s severely lacking in our daily diets is fish. What we need is fewer fats and more Mediterranean – olive oil, vegetables, red wine and plenty of thick pink salmon! …Not to mention more croissants than you can shake a pound of butter at. After all, that’s how the French women do it, right?

Let’s just go with that.


Truthfully, I most love salmon simply pan-fried in butter, lemon and herbs, but this delicious medley of all my favorite summertime flavors is a close second! It’s tasty served cool or warm, and makes for a fresh alternative to some of the season’s heavier dishes.

You could also add torn basil, which would compliment the lemon nicely, but as it’s out of season at the moment good luck finding a bunch of those beautiful, fragrant green leaves! I miss them so much this time of year.

Couscous Salad Recipe

Topped with a sprinkling of fluffy, freshly grated Parmigiano Reggiano, this dish is nothing short of absolutely delicious for a light lunch or dinner. The salmon flakes apart like butter with your fork, and the lemony couscous and crisp vegetables add the perfect amount of flavor and Mediterranean flair!

Salmon Couscous Salad with Tomatoes and Zucchini

Servings 2


  • 1 (5.8 ounce) box Near East couscous
  • 1/2 Tbsp. olive oil plus more for pan
  • 1 lb. 2 small fillets salmon
  • 1 large zucchini chopped
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes
  • 1 lemon juiced
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1 block Parmigiano Reggiano


  • Cook the couscous according to package instructions, drain and toss with olive oil. Set aside.
  • Bring a medium size pan to medium-high heat and add a heaping teaspoon of olive oil. Once pan is hot, add salmon and cook 3-5 minutes per side, depending on the thickness of your fish. Set aside on a cutting board.
  • Wipe any brown bits from the pan, add another teaspoon of olive oil and fry zucchini until golden, 5-7 minutes. Add cherry tomatoes to pan and remove from heat.
  • Cut salmon into small chunks and toss with couscous. Add zucchini, cherry tomatoes and lemon juice. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  • Serve warm or cool, and top with freshly grated Parmigiano Reggiano.
  • Enjoy!

Join the Conversation

  1. I have to admit I don’t like salmon, I actually hate it but this recipe (without the salmon) looks great!!! Thanks for sharing :)

  2. What I like about dinners like this is how versatile it is with the vegetables you can use–I really like the ones you have chosen. I agree, salmon panfried with butter, lemon, and herbs is hard to beat.

  3. This dish looks gorgeous! I love all the flavors and I’m a huge fan of salmon. What a beautiful presentation :)

  4. This sounds amazing, Georgia. I’m a huge fan of cous cous…add salmon and I’m in! Beautiful!!

  5. What a beautiful dish! We don’t eat nearly enough fish, either, so I’m always excited to see great looking meals that include it. Thanks!

  6. gorgeous recipe! i adore salmon, it’s my favorite fish to eat. :)

  7. I do love cous cous, but I have never really added anything to it, I have enjoyed it plain. However, this dish does tell me I need to do more with it! Great idea turning it into this wonderful salad, especially with salmon. Delicious post!

  8. I so need to get more fish in my diet. I like it, I think I’m just always a bit scared to cook with it since we never had it much growing up. This sounds like a perfect light meal and it’s getting me in the mood for spring!

  9. What a fresh, delicious salad! I absolutely adore couscous!

  10. I have never seen these combos and I’m loving it. Salmon and couscous??? YUMMERS

  11. Stunning!!! Looks so fresh and healthy, I love it. Great idea to add salmon in the mix. I’m sure this was delicious. Have a great weekend, Georgia. :)

  12. Wow, this looks great. It’s so colorful and I love the simple seasoning to highlight the individual flavors of the ingredients.

  13. what a beautiful salad Georgia! We love cous-cous and pairing it with salmon sounds so good!

  14. Looks amazing! I rarely cook with couscous, but am looking forward to trying it in this dish.

  15. It looks so bright, healthy, and flavorful. What a delicious dish Georgia.

  16. I love salmon and this dish is something I would really like, with all the fresh Mediterranean flavors! Thanks for sharing.

  17. We don’t eat nearly enough fish around our house either, which is crazy since we both love seafood! Maybe this recipe will help me correct that. Looks yummy, sounds simple – my kind of cooking!

  18. I love couscous salad, one of my favorite SUmmer type dishes, but never paired it with salmon… how silly is that? ;-)

    (your photography is beautiful, by the way….)

  19. Georgia, this salad is so delicious and packed with nutrients! Great post!

  20. What a beautiful colourful dish. And it would be so good for you too. I love couscous – such a versatile grain.

  21. This is gorgeous…pinning for upcoming Lent Friday dinners!!

  22. Georgia, I could eat this every day! Salmon is my all time favorite thing to eat and this looks delish!

  23. This salad looks so lovely and healthy. I really enjoy salmon and this is a different preparation.

  24. What an absolutely gorgeous salad. Will definitely give this a try!

  25. Ah so pretty and sounds healthy! We eat fish maybe 1/3 of a week and salmon is the most popular so I cook it more than other kinds. Yet I haven’t tried cooking with cous cous. Very nice recipe, easy one too! Have a wonderful weekend Georgia!

  26. I am not a fan of fish :( I really wish I liked it, it is so good for you! You make it look really delicious though!

  27. Wow – this looks absolutely delicious!

  28. I have some salmon in the freezer that I was just wondering what I should do with. It’s like you read my mind! ;)

  29. There’s a french girl in my lab and she eats tons of butter. TONS. and is tiny. absolutely tiny. I’m always amazed.

    I love how rich in healthy fats this salad is! And full of delicious flavor. Great dish!

  30. This is just my kind of meal for my family. My husband is a mountain biker and requires heaps of calories, unlike me. I make several diffrent couscous-based dinners.

  31. So beautiful and healthy!

  32. Love the beautiful colors! THis is perfect for Heart Awareness Month!

  33. Such a pretty dish and so healthy! We’re trying to add more fish into our diet too – I’m adding this to Pepperplate!

  34. Hubby’s doctor told him to eat fish at least once a week so I’m always looking for new ways to prepare it. This looks delicious! :)

  35. What a beautiful, delicious looking salad – the colors are so vibrant and pretty together!

  36. What gorgeous pics you took of the food. Looks insanely delicious!

  37. What a great meal to make at the end of a long weekend (or any time for that matter). All of the ingredients in your recipe seem like they would fit together so well…simple, delicious and nutritious, this is what I’m looking for in a great meal! Thanks!

  38. This would make a wonderful Lenten meal. I bookmarked it for later. Thanks for sharing with us.

  39. We are trying to add fish into at least one meal a week…AND we love couscous, so this looks like a winning combination. YUM. Thanks so much for sharing!

  40. Couscous is such a perfect vehicle for any flavors you wish you indulge in. This sounds like a spectacular meal. Perfect for the arrival of spring!

  41. Thanks for stopping by my blog – I’m so happy to meet you and your lovely blog. This recipe is right up my alley, with its Mediterranean flavours and being low-fat. Love it!

  42. What a perfect meal for approaching summers….
    I love couscous, you have added such awesome flavors here.

  43. Omg your killing me here! My two favorite things in one! Salmon and couscous I love it!

  44. man this looks good. i loveeeee salmon, but seriously need to start buying it. this is brilliant, antioxidants and fiber please! :)

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