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Lemon Couscous Recipe

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Lemon Couscous is an easy side dish recipe that your family will love. With just a few ingredients and a few minutes, you can serve a flavorful side dish that will pair perfectly with your weeknight dinner.

Lemon couscous is a great simple side dish that is perfect to serve when you need easy! With just a few simple additions, you can take boring plain couscous to fun, flavorful, and kid-friendly!

This Lemon Couscous can be an easy part of a whole meal! 

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Lemon Couscous Recipe

Easy side dishes are the perfect way to add a little extra flavor, texture, and fun to a weeknight meal. This lemon couscous only takes a few seconds beyond what a normal couscous takes to prepare – you only have to add in golden raisins, lemon zest, almonds and chopped parsley.


collage showing how to make lemon couscous - ingredients in pan before cooking, adding lemon zest and parsley after cooking

How to Make Lemon Couscous Kid Friendly

As is, this side dish is fairly kid friendly. It is mild and flavorful, and has lots of fun additions. To make this kid friendly, get your kids involved in the meal. Ask for help preparing the lemon couscous (keep scrolling for steps each age group can do). The more involved they are, the more interested they will be, and the more likely they will be to enjoy it!

Talk to your kids about the scents, textures and flavors in the lemon couscous. What is crunchy or juicy? What is fragrant? Ask analytical questions that get kids thinking.

How to Serve Lemon Couscous

This lemon couscous is perfect to serve alongside many meals. Serve this family style on the table and allow everyone to scoop their own portions. If you have picky eaters who are squeamish about “toppings”, you can serve the chopped parsley and almond slices on the side and let everyone add their own.

Kids in the Kitchen: How Your Kids Can Help You Cook

Getting your kids in the kitchen is an amazing way to help them be more interested in trying new foods and confident in their own abilities. This easy couscous recipe is great because it helps them learn to use a lemon zester and they get to practice their knife skills

This recipe is perfect for beginner cooks because it is so easy! And it is a great recipe for kids to experiment and become more comfortable with new flavors – which means they are more likely to eat it!

  • Kids aged 1-3 can help you measure out ingredients, wash the parsley and pick the parsley leaves off the stems.
  • Kids aged 4-6 can do everything above, plus help you zest the lemon, chop the parsley leaves, and sprinkle on the almond slices.
  • Kids aged 7-10+ can help you do everything above.

*Please note that these recommendations are generalized, and to please use your personal discretion with your child’s skill level. And always, always supervise! Read more about how to have your children help you in the kitchen.

lemon couscous recipe in white bowl with spoon

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Lemon Couscous Recipe

Lemon Couscous is an easy side dish recipe that your family will love. With just a few ingredients and a few minutes, you can serve a flavorful side dish that will pair perfectly with your weeknight dinner.
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Course: Kid Friendly Side Dishes
Cuisine: Middle Eastern
Keyword: couscous recipe, easy recipe, middle eastern, side dish
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4 Servings
Calories: 134kcal
Author: Jenni


  • 1 box israeli couscous
  • cup golden raisins
  • 1 TBSP lemon zest
  • ¼ cup chopped parsley
  • ¼ cup sliced almonds


  • Cook isreali couscous according to package directions, adding in the 1/3 cup golden raisins to the pan.
  • When done, stir in the lemon zest.
  • Top wtih almond slices and chopped parsley and serve.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 134kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Sodium: 4mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 8g

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