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Curried Couscous Salad

by Amy D

Curried couscous salad is fragrant, sweet and spicy with loads of crunchy fresh veggies, nuts, dried fruit and topped with a zippy curry dressing. This salad is delightfully different, keeps well in the fridge and is so easy to make. 

A closeup shot of curried couscous salad in a blue bowl with a wooden spoon.

What is couscous?

A lot of people think couscous is a grain because it looks so similar to rice or quinoa, but it’s not. Couscous is actually a kind of pasta made from semolina and wheat flour. A blue bowl full of couscous, almonds, parsley, celery, carrots, craisins, and dried apricots, ready to be mixed.

You can buy several varieties of couscous. For this curried couscous salad we’re keeping things as easy as possible by using boxed instant couscous. Which means this salad is basically as easy to make as boiling water! 

Carrots, celery, slivered almonds, dried apricots, craisins, and chopped fresh parsley are the key players in curried  couscous salad outside of the zippy homemade curried dressing. But feel free to switch things up as they suit you. Got dried cherries and pecans on hand instead? Use those!

A mason jar with the mixed curry dressing.


The curry dressing is poured over the top of the curried couscous salad.

How long will curried couscous salad keep in the fridge? 

This salad will stay good for 3-4 days in the fridge making it an excellent dish to make ahead of time or to take to a picnic!

A serving plate of curried couscous salad served on a lettuce leaf.

This salad may seem exotic, but it’s inexpensive to make and it’s actually really easy to pair with. Just serve it alongside roasted chicken, pork chops, pork loin, shrimp, lamb, etc!

A closeup shot of curried couscous salad in a blue bowl with a wooden spoon.
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Curried Couscous Salad

Curried couscous salad is fragrant, sweet and spicy with loads of crunchy fresh veggies, nuts, and dried fruit. This salad is delightfully different, keeps well in the fridge and is so easy to make. 




Course Salad
Cuisine Indian
Keyword couscous
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 8

Ingredients

  • 1 10 ounce box couscous
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded carrots
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • 1/2 cup craisins
  • 1/3 cup chopped dried apricots
  • 1/2 cup slivered almonds
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley

For the dressing

  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 3 Tablespoons honey
  • 1 Tablespoon lime juice
  • 2 Tablespoon curry powder
  • 1 Tablespoon turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper

Instructions

  1. Cook couscous according to the directions on the package. Cool completely and fluff with a fork.

  2. Add the carrots, celery, slivered almonds, craisins, dried apricots and parsley to the couscous, mixing well.

  3. Add the dressing ingredients to a mason jar or another container that tightly seals. Shake it well until blended and pour over the salad. Mix again and serve.

Recipe Notes

Store in an air-tight container in the fridge. Will stay good for several days. 

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Andrea Metlika July 18, 2019 - 6:34 pm

5 stars
I really like that this has all the veggies in it with the couscous. And that dressing, Yum!

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Amy D July 24, 2019 - 1:57 pm

I agree, the dressing is what makes this salad shine.

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Georgie July 18, 2019 - 4:51 pm

5 stars
I’m obsessed with couscous salad and this looks fabulous! I love how colourful it is too! great recipe

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Amy D July 18, 2019 - 5:08 pm

Georgie, that is one of the things I love about it too is all the colors!

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Ashley @ Sweetpea Lifestyle July 18, 2019 - 4:31 pm

5 stars
Yum!! I love anything with curry, and this was delightful!

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Amy D July 24, 2019 - 1:57 pm

So glad that you loved it Ashley. Thanks for the feedback.

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Beth July 18, 2019 - 4:06 pm

5 stars
Ooooo, this looks so delicious! I love that it can be enjoyed for a couple days too – if it lasts that long!!

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Amy D July 24, 2019 - 1:58 pm

Me too, I usually set some back to have with my lunches for later in the week when I make this as a side dish.

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Elaine July 18, 2019 - 3:46 pm

5 stars
It is amazing how easy it is to make this salad and how well it can be stored in a fridge. Just perfect for what I need. Yummy!

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Kathy Minckler July 17, 2019 - 11:15 pm

That dressing sounds very seasoning heavy to me. Seems like it would over-power everything else. I will use fresh fruit due to having dental issues. I want to taste my fruit.

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Amy D July 24, 2019 - 1:59 pm

Different strokes for different folks. Hope you’ll find a way to make it that suits your unique taste buds Kathy. Enjoy!

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