Photo: Randy Mayor; Stylist: Cindy Barr
2 servings

"This recipe came about when I wanted to use up leftovers I had around the kitchen. It's a great way to highlight the flavor of fresh summer tomatoes." —Kathleen Kanen, Birmingham, Ala.

How to Make It

Step 1

To prepare cakes, place couscous in a medium bowl; stir in 1/2 cup boiling water. Cover and let stand 5 minutes or until liquid is absorbed. Fluff with a fork. Cool slightly. Add cheese and the next 3 ingredients (through pepper). Heat 2 teaspoons oil in a large nonstick skillet coated with cooking spray over medium-high heat. Spoon about 1/3 cup couscous mixture into 4 mounds in pan. Lightly press with a spatula to flatten to 1/2 inch. Cook 2 minutes or until lightly browned. Coat tops of cakes with cooking spray. Carefully turn cakes over; cook 2 minutes or until heated.

Step 2

To prepare salad, combine tomato and next 5 ingredients (through 1/8 teaspoon pepper). Arrange 1 1/2 cups greens on each of 2 plates. Top each serving with 1/2 cup tomato mixture; arrange 2 cakes over tomato mixture.

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Ratings & Reviews

adluethi84's Review

December 21, 2014
Did not like

EllenDeller's Review

June 26, 2012
I loved this dish and would not hesitate to serve it as a light entree or an appetizer for guests. Took readers' advice and made the couscous mixture the night before, packed it into molds, then let them chill overnight--no problems at all with crumbling. Loved the salad, but used 1/2 cilantro and 1/2 fresh oregano instead of parsley (lots more flavor), cooked with only 1/2 tsp. of oil and put the rest of the oil in the salad dressing, and crumbled just a wee bit more feta over the top of everything, along with a squirt of fresh lemon. Served with a pureed asparagus soup for a satisfying dinner; some people might want bread to round things out.

cyccyc's Review

January 12, 2012
Didn't make the salad, only the cakes. Plus, I only had this recipe as it was on the same page as another recipe I wanted to save. Glad I saw it as I was sifting through my recipes as I had a ton of leftover couscous. I used whole eggs, just enough to hold the cakes together in the pan. Dee-licious! I always make extra couscous so I can make cakes with the leftovers.

LisaR123's Review

February 21, 2010
Great tasting light dinner. You can make as is (still a 5 star) or kick it up however and it turns out well (5+ stars as you make it how you want!). After a few tries here's some tips: If making a double batch (makes 6) use one whole egg and you're good to go. I've added black olive tepanade and roasted red pepper to the mix before cooking and they still worked out great. (out of olives for the salad part so I put it in the couscous) Also a tip- measure out 1/3 c of th mix, put into pan and then press into a round cookie cutter- this REALLY helps them to hold their shape and I had no problems in a non-stick pan with a smidge of oil. If you're not a fan of tomatoes (like my guy) I just made a red-wine dressing for the salad and its just as tasty.

dory92064's Review

February 08, 2010
I made only the cakes, not the tomato salad. I followed the recipe, no changes except I chilled the mixture before making the cakes. I did follow the advice to firmly press the mixture into the 1/3 C measuring cake. I did not use a non-stick skillet and that's where I had my problem -- even though I used PAM and the 2 tsp olive oil the cakes stuck to the pan -- so the coucous didn't come out in 'cakes', but the coucous was messy, but tastey. I may try to make them again, using a non-stick skillet.

Jocilyn's Review

August 21, 2009
I was surprised out how well these came out, I was expecting a gooey mess, but they were a good consistency and packed into patties nicely. I cooked them on the grill and they came out well.

CherylR1954's Review

June 17, 2009
I'll probably make again for its ease of prep and the fact that it's consistent w/the way my MD wants me to eat. I liked the fact that I could make the tomato mixture first, refrigerate it, go back to work in the study, then finish the recipe when I was ready. I'll see how the two leftover cakes heat up tomorrow. My only hesitation is the difficulty w/dealing w/the cakes. I did use 3 tablespoons of beaten egg rather than substitute, though I doubt that made a difference. Overall, a tasty, healthful dinner.

RebeccaA48's Review

June 15, 2009
We substituted garden fresh cilantro for the parsley which really enhanced the tomato combination. I agree with another reviewer, the couscous mixture should have been packed firmly in the measuring cup before browning. Although I've been a Cooking Light subscriber for 12 years, this is the first review I've written - this recipe was worth it and we will definitely make it again! 06/15/09

skspillman's Review

June 02, 2009
I doubled this recipe and got good results (ended up making 6 cakes instead of 4). I found I needed to press the mixture into the measuring cup before I put it in the pan in order to get the cakes to stick together. Salad was delicious overall, and I will definitely make these again.

Ellencar's Review

May 31, 2009
Great recipe and like the other comment I liked the fact that I had everything on hand. No need to go to the store.