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 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.
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!
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!
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!
- 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
- Cook couscous according to the directions on the package. Cool completely and fluff with a fork.
- Add the carrots, celery, slivered almonds, craisins, dried apricots and parsley to the couscous, mixing well.
- 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.
Store in an air-tight container in the fridge. Will stay good for several days.
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