Indian Spiced Couscous Salad Recipe

Glass of couscous salad
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  • 40 mins
  • Prep: 20 mins,
  • Cook: 20 mins
  • Yield: 4 servings

This Indian-spiced couscous salad recipe certainly isn't a traditional Indian food recipe, but it is a healthy (and yummy!) dish suitable for a vegetarian or vegan main dish or side dish. Couscous salad is always a popular dish to bring to a vegetarian potluck.

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What You'll Need

  • 1/2 cup currants (raisins can be used as a substitute if needed)
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 1/4 cup lemon or lime juice
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/8-1/4 tsp cayenne pepper, to taste
  • 3 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 1/2 cups couscous, uncooked
  • 1 carrot, diced
  • 1 red or yellow bell pepper, sliced
  • 1 red onion, diced
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley

How to Make It

Whisk together the currants, orange juice, lemon or lime juice, olive oil, salt, cinnamon, and cayenne until well mixed.

In a large saucepan, bring the vegetable broth to a boil and add the couscous. Cover, remove from heat and let stand for 8 to 10 minutes, or until couscous is done the cooking. Fluff couscous with a fork and allow to cool.

In a bit of water, steam or microwave the carrot and bell pepper until they are just barely cooked.

Combine carrot, bell pepper, onion and couscous in a large bowl. Pour the orange juice dressing over the couscous and veggies, and add fresh parsley. Gently toss to combine. Chill for at least one hour before serving.

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Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
Calories 509
Total Fat 19 g
Saturated Fat 3 g
Unsaturated Fat 13 g
Cholesterol 0 mg
Sodium 872 mg
Carbohydrates 76 g
Dietary Fiber 7 g
Protein 12 g
(The nutrition information on our recipes is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. Individual results may vary.)