A healthy Turmeric Couscous Salad Recipe that takes just about 15 minutes to prepare. This is such a quick and easy weeknight dinner solution! It’s great as a salad, a side dish, or a main dish.
What is couscous and types of couscous:
Couscous is a type of pasta made from semolina (ground durum wheat) and water. It originated from Algeria and Morocco and has since become very popular and versatile. It works as a main dish, as a side dish, it’s great in a salad, in a soup. I keep all types of couscous in my pantry; it never gets boring. Combine couscous with sweet, or savory ingredients and you’ll have a different dish every time.
Most common types of couscous are Moroccan and Israeli Couscous (a.k.a. pearl couscous). Moroccan couscous is tiny. The smallest couscous there is! Israeli couscous is larger than Moroccan couscous and looks similar to very tiny pasta. Because of its larger size, it takes a bit longer to cook than Moroccan couscous.
Best couscous to use for this Turmeric Couscous Salad Recipe:
I really like using Israeli couscous in this salad. The pallets are a perfect size. They’re not too small to get lost in the salad and not large to overwhelm the salad. They just blend so well with other salad ingredients. It doesn’t take long to cook either.
How to make Turmeric Couscous:
Follow directions on the couscous packaging and simply add salt, turmeric, and ground black pepper to the water while the couscous is cooking.
Adding ground black pepper is completely optional, however, it will enhance absorption of turmeric and its health benefits.
The couscous salad dressing:
This salad dressing heightens the flavors of the salad! And it is so simple to make. The dressing is simply a little bit of:
- lemon juice
- olive oil
- and some salt and pepper
What to serve with the couscous salad:
Try these meat and fish recipes to go with the coucous salad:
- Baked Seafood-Stuffed Salmon
- Maple Bacon-Wrapped Chicken Wings
- Lemongrass Chicken with Bok Choy
- Baked Ginger Chicken Drumsticks
- Super Easy Sautéed Chicken Thighs