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kale salad in bowl with brass serving spoons

Rustic Kale & Cous Cous Salad

  • Author: Superman Cooks
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: salads


This Mediterranean inspired Kale & Cous Cous Salad is what summer is all about. Fresh, crisp veggies topped with a lemon herb vinaigrette. 



For the Salad:

  • 1 quart chopped kale
  • 1 C cooked cous cous
  • 1/2 C canned chick peas
  • 1/2 C cashews
  • 1 C diced tomatoes
  • 1 C diced cucumbers
  • 1 C feta cheese, crumbled

For the Dressing:

  • 1/4 C fresh lemon juice
  • 3/4 C olive oil
  • 1 tsp fennel seeds
  • 1 Tbsp fresh rosemary
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1 tsp coarse salt


To make the dressing:

  1. Using a mortar and pestle, combine rosemary, fennel seeds, garlic and salt and grind until a fine consistency is achieved.
  2. Transfer to large mixing bowl. Add lemon juice and mix.
  3. Using a whisk, constantly whisk while slowly drizzling in olive oil until well combined.
  4. Add remaining ingredients and toss until combined.
  5. Allow to sit for 5-10 minutes before serving.
  6. Grind in fresh black pepper to taste.


  • a mesclun mix (mixed greens) with radicchio can be substituted for kale as a base.
  • almonds or walnuts can be used in place of cashews (we prefer them lightly toasted).
  • use a mortar & pestle to ground up herbs before adding them to the dressing. It brings out the flavor.

Keywords: salad, Mediterranean, kale, cous cous, vegetarian, evoo, olive oil