Curried Couscous Salad is as easy as boiling water. Literally! It’s also DELICIOUS with sweet, salty, spicy, crunchy, and chewy flavors, all in one bowl!

Ready to impress your family and friends with an exotic, fancy side dish?

Ready to spend about 15 minutes making it, and doing nothing more complicated than boiling water?

Sometimes I make recipes *despite the fact* that they are quick and easy. Curried Couscous has just enough going on that I don’t get bored while making it. And the flavors going on here? Out of this world.

Curried couscous ingredients in a clear bowl.

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First, the couscous. The bulk of the flavor in this salad comes from the couscous just do the sheer quantity of it. Start by pouring boiling water over couscous in a bowl and covering it with plastic wrap for 5 minutes. There: You’re done cooking.

Meanwhile, mix up a curry sauce (with turmeric) to color and flavor the couscous. Add yogurt for richness (regular or Greek yogurt), a splash of red wine vinegar for bite, and olive oil.

Curried cous cous salad in a clear bowl.

Next, the toppings. Sweet and tart dried cranberries, crunchy almonds and carrots fresh red onions, and scallions. It’s a magical combination, I swear!

And if you are thinking, wow that looks just too weird for me, remember my kids eat this stuff.  Maybe they’re as crazy as I am, or maybe Curried Couscous Salad is just that good.

Curried Couscous Salad in a clear bowl.

Curried Couscous Salad

Curried Couscous Salad is as easy as boiling water. Literally! It's also DELICIOUS with sweet, salty, spicy, crunchy, and chewy flavors, all in one bowl!
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Servings 8 servings
Course Salad
Cuisine American
Calories 313


  • 2 cups couscous
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 1/2 cups boiling water
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup yogurt (Greek or regular)
  • 1 teaspoon red wine vinegar
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon curry powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1/2 cup carrots grated or finely diced
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/4 cup sliced almonds
  • 1/4 cup red onions finely chopped
  • 3 scallions thinly sliced


  • Place the couscous and butter in a medium bowl. Pour the boiling water over the top and stir until the butter has melted. Cover tightly with plastic wrap and let set for 5 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, in a small bowl combine olive oil, yogurt, red wine vinegar, 2 teaspoons salt, 1 teaspoon pepper, 1 teaspoon curry powder, and ¼ teaspoon turmeric. Whisk until smooth.
  • Fluff couscous with a fork and pour in yogurt sauce. Stir until couscous is evenly coated. Mix in carrots, cranberries, almonds, red onions, and scallions. Serve at room temperature.


Calories: 313kcalCarbohydrates: 43gProtein: 8gFat: 13gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 5mgSodium: 30mgPotassium: 190mgFiber: 4gSugar: 6gVitamin A: 1435IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 50mgIron: 1mg
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  1. Me encanta….I love this ….
    You are really great at making a meal that we love and crave. I used to make something like this dish. But i used yogurt and romaine lettuce pieces and curry chicken plus your great dish.5 stars

  2. This salad looks amazing. I’m a huge curry fan, then the added freshness of the other ingredients…I’m in. My diet has been a bit too heavy with meat, dairy and sweets. This salad looks like the perfect antidote.

    1. Thank you, Mimi! I hope you love it. This salad is one of my favorites. I, too, am a bit heavy on the meat/dairy/sweets situation. Thanks for stopping by!