We came across this healthy salad on magnoliadays.com. It’s a very tasty salad. It would also be great for picnics or at the beach.

Lemony Pearl Couscous Lentil Salad
Lemony Pearl Couscous Lentil Salad – License photo


For the dressing:

  • ¼ cup lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon maple or agave syrup
  • ⅛ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon cumin

For the salad:

  • 1 cup pearl couscous
  • 1 cup brown lentils
  • 2 medium red onion, chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, de-seeded and chopped
  • 1 teaspoon thyme leaves
Bowl with a home made vegan lentil and pearl couscous salad – License photo


  1. Mix the ingredients for the dressing together in a bowl.
  2. Cook the pearl couscous in a pot with 2 cups lightly salted water.
  3. Cook the lentils in a pot with 2-3 cups water.
  4. When the couscous and lentils are done, drain, pour cool water over, drain again and place in a large bowl.
  5. Chop the red onions and red bell pepper.
  6. Add to the couscous and lentils and mix gently.
  7. Pour 1/2 the dressing over the salad, stir to mix. You can serve the salad warm or chilled.
  8. Add the rest of the dressing when serving, or place in a carafe for individuals to use at the table. We added a few more thyme leaves as garnishes and a few slices of lemon.


Adapted from http://magnoliadays.com/2016/lemony-couscous-lentil-salad/.