Middle Eastern-Inspired Beef Stew with Cucumber Mint Couscous | ©

Cucumber Mint Couscous

Couscous can be prepared in less than 10 minutes and is a nice light side to a substantial dish like our Middle Eastern-Inspired Beef Stew. Since the stew has tangy notes from the lemon and sumac, the use of lemon juice is somewhat restrained in this couscous.

Keyword couscous, cucumber mint couscous
Author © Marlene Cornelis/Urban Cottage Life 2013


  • 3/4 cup whole wheat couscous
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • small handful flat leaf parsley finely chopped
  • 8 leaves mint finely chopped
  • about 2-inch length English cucumber cut into strips and finely sliced
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice (approximately)
  • freshly ground pepper to taste
  • salt to taste

How To Make This Recipe

  1. Place the couscous in a medium-sized heatproof bowl and pour the boiling water over it. Cover with plastic wrap and let sit for five minutes.
  2. Tenderly fluff the couscous with a fork, then gently stir in the rest of the ingredients and taste. Adjust the lemon juice, pepper and salt to suit your taste.