A fragrant, filling and colourful salad that makes a fantastic packed lunch. This salad is a meal in itself, but you can also serve it as a side dish,
It works great with sticky lemon chicken or spiced lamb.

Overhead image of a large oval white plate filled with Moroccan style couscous with oranges and pomegranate. The plate is on a wooden table, next to a spoon filled with couscous, a dish of pomegranate and fresh herbs scattered around.

It’s been a while since I published a recipe from my first book – Seriously Good Salads (<– affiliate link) – which was published back in 2019.

Don’t be fooled into thinking it’s a book on low calorie, diet-style salads that make you want to drop-kick a head of lettuce.

I’d never do that to you!

It’s all about the things you most like to eat, and then turning that into a salad.

Examples include:

  • Buttermilk chicken cobb salad with homemade creamy ranch dressing
  • Crispy halloumi salad with couscous and a beautiful lemon herb dressing
  • Fried egg breakfast salad with figs, bacon and crispy bacon-fat croutons
  • Lettuce wraps stuffed with spicy bulgogi beef

It’s all about the salads that make me go ‘Oooooh yes please’. Hopefully it’ll do that for you too!

Side-on image of a large oval serving plate filled with Moroccan style couscous, topped with herbs and pomegranate. The plate is on a wooden table and there are fresh herbs and a little bowl of pomegranate in the background.

This particular salad can be served as a lunch or a side dish, and it goes down particularly well at BBQs and parties.

We’ve got spiced couscous and chickpeas all tossed together with colourful, vibrant ingredients – like pomegranate, orange segments, peppers and baby spinach.

🍽️ What to serve it with

If I’m making this as a side dish, I love to serve it up with:


👩‍🍳PRO TIP Serve it up on a lovely big platter and let everyone dig in.

Overhead image of a large oval white plate filled with Moroccan style couscous with oranges and pomegranate. The plate is on a white surface next to a dish of pomegranate. There is chopped dried apricot and and fresh herbs scattered around.

This salad plus loads more non-boring, non-diet salad recipes are available in my Seriously Good Salads book.


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Moroccan Couscous Salad

A fragrant, filling and colourful salad that makes a fantastic packed lunch. This salad is a meal in itself, but you can also serve it as a side dish.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4 – 6 servings
Course: Lunch, side dish
Cuisine: Moroccan

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 1 onion peeled and finely chopped
  • 400 g (14 oz) can chickpeas drained and rinsed
  • 2 cloves garlic peeled and minced
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • ½ tsp paprika
  • ½ tsp celery salt
  • 175 g (1 cup) dried couscous
  • 400 ml (1 2/3 cups) hot vegetable stock
  • 2 oranges
  • 1 red bell pepper deseeded and finely chopped
  • 1 green bell pepper deseeded and finely chopped
  • 2 large tomatoes diced
  • 60 g (2 cups) packed baby spinach leaves
  • 95 g (3/4 cup) dried apricots roughly chopped
  • 2 spring onions scallions, sliced into thin strips
  • 60 g (1/2 cup) packed parsley chopped
  • seeds (arils) from 1/4 of a pomegranate

To Serve:

  • 30 g (1/2 cup) packed parsley chopped
  • seeds (arils) from 1/4 of a pomegranate

Instructions 

  • Heat the oil in a large saucepan over a medium heat. Add the onion and cook for 5 minutes, stirring often until the onion softens.
    1 tbsp oil, 1 onion
  • Add the chickpeas, garlic, salt, pepper, cumin, paprika, and celery salt and stir together. Cook for a further 5 minutes, until the spices release their fragrance and the chickpeas have warmed through.
    400 g (14 oz) can chickpeas, 2 cloves garlic, ½ tsp salt, ½ tsp black pepper, 1 tsp cumin, ½ tsp paprika, ½ tsp celery salt
  • Add the couscous and hot stock. Stir and bring to the boil, then place a lid on the pan, turn off the heat and leave for 5 minutes.
    175 g (1 cup) dried couscous, 400 ml (1 2/3 cups) hot vegetable stock
  • Meanwhile, use a sharp knife to cut the skin from the oranges. Cut the oranges into segments, over a bowl (reserve any juice the catches in the bowl).
    2 oranges
  • Take the lid off the pan and pour the reserved orange juice into the pan. Fluff up the couscous using two forks.
  • Add the red and green peppers, tomatoes, spinach, apricots, scallions, parsley, and pomegranate seeds. Toss together and transfer to a serving bowl.
    1 red bell pepper, 1 green bell pepper, 2 large tomatoes, 60 g (2 cups) packed baby spinach leaves, 95 g (3/4 cup) dried apricots, 2 spring onions, 60 g (1/2 cup) packed parsley, seeds (arils) from 1/4 of a pomegranate
  • Serve topped with the remaining parsley and pomegranate.
    30 g (1/2 cup) packed parsley, seeds (arils) from 1/4 of a pomegranate

Notes

Nutritional information is approximate, per serving, based on this salad serving 6 people as a side dish.

Nutrition

Calories: 306kcal | Carbohydrates: 59g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 0.4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 0.01g | Sodium: 531mg | Potassium: 829mg | Fiber: 10g | Sugar: 20g | Vitamin A: 4044IU | Vitamin C: 98mg | Calcium: 106mg | Iron: 4mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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