Curried couscous salad

Okay everyone. Hold the damn phone. This is my little sister’s favorite thing I cook. Coming from someone like her, that’s a big deal BABY. We are a foodie family. We don’t tolerate mediocre meals.


It takes about 20 minutes to whip up and it’s a raging party for your tastebuds without the hangover for your waistline.

It’s got big bold flavors like {1} zest and juice from blood oranges and {2} curry powder.

Please note: blood oranges are not bloody tasting! They just have a deep red color in the flesh and the juice! Curry powder is not spicy on its own unless you buy curry powder that is labeled spicy. It’s just warming in a similar manner cinnamon is warming. They’re completely different flavor profiles but it’s all the same concept.

Look at how pretty the colors are. I didn’t want to launch a food blog for years because I really am afraid of food photography. Food ain’t naturally photogenic. My pictures ARE getting better. Over half of the fear of my big fancy camera was just me picking it up.

Be brave enough to suck at something new, y’all.

Curried Couscous Salad

I love this one. It’s pulled together in 30 minutes. It can be eaten hot or cold. It’s honestly delicious either way.

Curried Couscous Salad

It's great either hot or cold. It tastes just as good on the dining table as it does thrown in a cooler lakeside.
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 319kcal


For The Dressing:

  • 2 blood oranges (juiced and zested)
  • 4 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 bunch green onions (thinly sliced)
  • 3 Tbsp fresh flat leaf parsley (minced)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper


  • Combine couscous and all ingredients through sugar in a large saucepan. Add in 2 cups water and bring to a boil.
  • Once boiling, reduce heat to medium low and cover. Simmer for 10 minutes. Keep covered and remove from heat. Let stand for 10 minutes.
  • While couscous is simmering, whisk together ingredients for dressing. Once the couscous is done cooking and standing, pour dressing over and toss to coat.


If you need a good zester to zest these oranges, this is the one I prefer: click here.
I have good luck finding blood oranges at Trader Joe’s and Kroger from about December until June. If you cannot find blood oranges, it’s okay to substitute with medium navel oranges.


Calories: 319kcal | Carbohydrates: 53g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 396mg | Potassium: 141mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin A: 239IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 30mg | Iron: 1mg
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