Moroccan Couscous and Vegetable Salad

The Moroccan Couscous Salad is an authentic preparation using couscous. Couscous is one of those grains that most people dont know what to do with. Like pasta (its semolina, actually), it has little flavor on its own, but you cant pour anything like marinara over it because its too fine and it just gets soggy.


Couscous 1 1⁄2 Cup (24 tbs)
Boiling water 1 1⁄2 Cup (24 tbs)
Butter 1 Tablespoon
Plain yogurt 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs)
Olive oil 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs)
White wine vinegar 1 Teaspoon
Ground turmeric 1⁄4 Teaspoon
Salt 1 1⁄2 Teaspoon
Freshly ground black pepper 1 Teaspoon
Carrot 1 , grated
Green onions 2 , thinly sliced
Dried cranberries 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs)
Dried apricots 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs)
Currants 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs)
Minced flat leaf parsley 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
Silvered almonds 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs)
Finely chopped red onion 2 Tablespoon


1. In a medium bowl, place the couscous.

2. In the boiling water, melt butter and pour over the couscous simply cover and leave the couscous undisturbed for 5 minutes.

3. After 5 minutes, gently fluff the couscous with a fork.

4. In a small bowl, prepare the dressing by combining the yogurt, olive oil, vinegar, curry, turmeric, salt and pepper.

5. Pour the dressing over the fluffed couscous and stir gently to combine the dressing with couscous.

6. Add carrots, green onions, cranberries, apricots, currants, parsley, almonds and red onion to the couscous.

7. Season with salt and pepper, as per the taste.

8. Serve at once or store in the refrigerator until ready for use.


I like to store it for at least a few hours to allow the flavors to meld, then remove from the refrigerator about an hour before serving to bring it up to room temperature.

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Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: Easy
Preparation Time: 5 Minutes
Cook Time: 10 Minutes
Ready In: 15 Minutes
Servings: 4

Nutrition Facts

Serving size

Calories 519Calories from Fat 187

 % Daily Value*

Total Fat 21 g32.5%

Saturated Fat 4.44 g22.2%

Trans Fat 0 g

Cholesterol 9.9 mg

Sodium 757.2 mg31.55%

Total Carbohydrates 71 g23.6%

Dietary Fiber 5.96 g24%

Sugars 13.2 g

Protein 12 g23.2%

Vitamin A 64.2% Vitamin C 11.9%

Calcium 5.5% Iron 7.9%

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet