Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Curried Couscous Salad

Perfect for Father's Day.

Perfect for summer.

You are going to love the way it tastes.

Photo by Bruce Barone.
1/3 cup slivered almonds
1 1/2 cups couscous
1 teaspoon chicken-flavored instant bouillon
1 10-ounce package frozen peas
1/4 cup dark seedless raisins
1/3 cup salad oil
1 medium-sized onion, chopped
2 tablespoons curry powder
1/4 cup cider vinegar
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 teaspoon salt

1. In 10-inch skillet over medium-high heat, cook almonds until lightly browned, stirring frequently. Remove almonds from skillet; set aside. In same skillet, cook couscous until lightly browned, stirring frequently; remove skillet from heat. Stir in bouillon and 2 cups boiling water. Cover skillet and let stand 5 minutes.
2. Meanwhile, in 2-quart saucepan, cook peas as label directs; drain. Add peas and raisins to couscous mixture.
3. In same saucepan over medium heat, in hot salad oil, cook onion and curry powder until onion is tender. Stir in vinegar, sugar and salt: pour over couscous mixture. With rubber spatula, toss gently to mix. Cover and refrigerate at least 2 hours to blend flavors.
4. To serve, toss curried couscous mixture with toasted almonds.
Makes 12 accompaniment servings. About 175 calories per serving.
I have been making this for 10+ years. Everyone has loved it. I don't have the original recipe, the one I clipped out of the magazine, but it was from Food & Wine or Bon Appetit. I think. I am posting it today as neighbor of mine, Elinor Lipman,  when I lived in Northampton, MA wrote to me today and asked if I still had the recipe. I do--online :)


  1. My kind of food. :) You have a lovely place here, I am glad I've found it. All the best!

  2. sounds delish- I substituted quinoa for couscous in a mint, cilantro, tomato salad I like to make and loved the nutty flavor it added to the dish.

  3. LOVE Couscous - a name so nice they named it twice! My son,when he was very young would not eat his scallop dinner one night which I had served with rice..."Where is the COUSCOUS?"
    Great tablecloth in the photo! Very Vintage. This recipe has great add ins.