Fried Couscous Salad with Gorgonzola | © 2011 | | © 2011 |

Couscous, if not prepared properly, could taste really bland and boring. This Italian inspired fried couscous was a really pleasant surprise. The crunchiness of the toasted couscous, and rich, sharp flavour of Gorgonzola with tangy vinaigrette dressing are simply a perfect blend.

Stir-fried Couscous Salad with Gorgonzola

Inspired by Giada De Laurentiis
  • 500 ml Hot vegetable broth
  • 1/3 tsp Salt
  • 280 g Couscous
  • 60 ml Extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 Garlic cloves, peeled and crushed
  • 80 g Gorgonzola, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1/2 Large cucumber, peeled, seeded, and cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 4-5 Sun-dried tomatoes, chopped
  • 2 tbsp Chopped red basil leaves
  • 60 ml Extra-virgin olive oil
  • Zest and juice from 1/2 large lemon
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/4 tsp Freshly ground black pepper
  1. In a medium saucepan, bring the vegetable broth and 1/3 teaspoon salt to a boil over medium-high heat. Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the couscous. Cover until the liquid had been absorbed and the couscous is tender, 5 to 6 minutes. Using a fork, fluff the couscous and break up any lumps.
  2. In a large, nonstick skillet heat 1/4 cup oil over medium heat. Add the garlic and cook until golden, 1 to 2 minutes. Remove the garlic and discard. Increase the heat to high and add the couscous. Cook, stirring constantly, for 6 minutes. Continue to cook the couscous, stirring every 5 minutes, until toasted, about 25 minutes.
  3. Transfer the couscous to a large serving bowl and cool for 5 minutes. Add the Gorgonzola, cucumber, sun-dried tomatoes, and red basil. In a small bowl, whisk together the oil, lemon juice, lemon zest, salt, and pepper until smooth. Pour the dressing over the salad and toss until the couscous is coated. | © 2011 | | © 2011 |


Unknown 7/10/11 14:48

I bet the gorgonzola adds such a wonderful flavor to the couscous! Can't wait to try this...Thanks!!

Cathy at Wives with Knives 7/10/11 14:53

Toasting the couscous would give the salad a whole new texture! Sounds wonderful with the gorgonzola, Anglie. I love this kind of salad for lunch.

Rosa's Yummy Yums 7/10/11 14:56

A delicious couscous salad! I love the addition of gorgonzola.



Claudia 7/10/11 15:13

Nice, Angie - I will be doing this. I love playing with couscous.

Jocie's Mom 7/10/11 15:34

Fried couscous! That's brilliant! I didn't know you could do that. So yummy looking :)

Priya Suresh 7/10/11 15:42

Salad looks wholesome and filling..

kitchen flavours 7/10/11 15:50

This looks delicious! I have never seen a fried couscous recipe before! Yum!

Sprigs of Rosemary 7/10/11 15:58

You're right about couscous. It can be boring. I love the idea of toasting it. Lovely salad. I can almost taste it. Love the black and white accents in your photos.

Jeannie 7/10/11 16:27

My son cooked couscous once and it was pretty bland! I have not tried any since! You have shown here that it can be tasty if cook correctly...I shall show him this post as a hint to try again:)

Carol @ There's Always Thyme to Cook 7/10/11 16:27

Looks delicious, a lot of great flavors in the salad! Love the idea of frying the coucous!

Radhika 7/10/11 16:29

Wholesome and filling. love the flavors in the salad.
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ann low 7/10/11 17:11

I've never tried couscous but yours looks so pretty and yummy. Wish I can try some :)

lena 7/10/11 17:22

thanks angie for showing us here that couscous can be stir fried too!! such delicious idea!

Robyn 7/10/11 19:01

Sometimes I do think that couscous is bland, so I should definitely give your recipe a try! I love the idea of frying it after you cook it to give it more flavor! Also...topping it with big pieces of gorgonzola?! YES!

Lilly 7/10/11 19:44

Couscous surely needs some help to taste good, but once you’ve found the right combo it’s great. Seems like you’ve got a winner recipe here!
Ps: I love the glass bowl on the first picture! Such a nice way to serve it.

tigerfish 7/10/11 20:07

I am thinking the gorgonzola will absolutely flavor up this dish!

SavoringTime in the Kitchen 7/10/11 22:29

I think the gorgonzola would make the couscous taste wonderful too!

Unknown 7/10/11 23:11

Wonderful salad, it looks so cheerful and fun!
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Anonymous 7/10/11 23:12

Oh, that sounds fabulous, Angie! BTW, I got a visit from the Fairy Hobmother the other day because of the comment I left on your post a while back. Very exciting!

jasna varcakovic 8/10/11 00:06

I always have couscous in my pantry, because it's quick and easy to prepare; but I never tried fried. Thanks for the idea!

claudia @Whats Cookin 8/10/11 00:13

I love this, I think I have everything but the cheese to make it cant wait to dive into this love love love it!

Elisabeth 8/10/11 04:07

Since I'm on the Israeli couscous "kick"...will try it with that, using the same method, browning the couscous first, and adding the other yummy ingredients. Love the salad, and the recipe!

Anonymous 8/10/11 04:55

I love cous-cous and what you did with it is AMAZING! What a great idea! (and I love gorgonzola, too!)

Dude for Food 8/10/11 05:02

This is awesome! I really love your take on interesting salads!

cookingvarieties 8/10/11 05:11

hi angie, you have made couscous so different from the moroccan recipe that i know. This salad looks very authentic especially served in that glass- creates an appetizing mood to the taste buds and makes me hungry.

fimere 8/10/11 09:45

ce mélange de saveurs me et l'eau à la bouche, j'adore
bonne journée

Deliah's Deli 8/10/11 11:58

Very nice Moroccan flair :)

Sam Hoffer / My Carolina Kitchen 8/10/11 12:15

Looks healthy and delicious Angie. I love the sun-dried tomatoes and gorgonzola in it.

OohLookBel 8/10/11 12:48

It's great to meet another fan of gorgonzola! Matching it with couscous is a wonderful idea. I love your glass serving bowl, too.

Eva@ 8/10/11 13:34

Delicious! I love Gorgonzola, and to fry up the couscous for a change of texture is a lovely idea! I would likely use whole wheat couscous, but I don't think it would change the flavour.

Joanne 8/10/11 15:20

I've got gorgonzola in my fridge and half a mind to have this for lunch! Looks so good!

Unknown 8/10/11 17:14

Haven't tried cous cous for awhile, maybe time to make some using your inspiration with these wonderful Mediterranean flavors. I knew I would use up my jar of oil packed sun dried tomatoes:-)

Barbara 8/10/11 17:49

Gosh Angie...that looks easy AND delicious! Love gorgonzola too...I don't make couscous that often, but I'll try this salad soon.

Sissi 8/10/11 18:55

I totally agree. Couscous is very easily spoilt. Pairing it with blue cheese is a very original and appealing idea!

Anonymous 8/10/11 21:17

Couscous is such a versatile product - beautiful tasty salad Angie.
Have a great weekend.
:-) Mandy

Rosita Vargas 9/10/11 01:35

Adoro ésta ensalada es sabrosa y saludable,luce bella y exquisita,abrazos hugs,hugs.

Vicki Bensinger 9/10/11 05:25

This sounds really tasty however I think I will have to try it with cilligini mozzarella or goat cheese.

Torviewtoronto 9/10/11 05:52

delicious looking colourful salad Angie

Mah@mahu 9/10/11 06:44

Masakan yg enak2 di sini memang hebat lah..

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Lora 9/10/11 16:09

Wow fantastic flavors. That gorgonzola surely delivers a big flavor punch to the dish.

Anonymous 9/10/11 16:42

wow, this looks awesome! i may have to try this at thanksgiving and add some winter squash to it!

lisa is cooking 9/10/11 22:29

Toasting the couscous sounds fantastic, and I love gorgonzola!

Cynthia 9/10/11 23:42

This looks fabulous! I just want to nibble on the blue cheese :)

Sandra 10/10/11 00:01

There's nothing bland and boring about this dish! Fried couscous is a first for me and I'd like to try it. Also, wanted to let you know that the Fairy Hobmother paid me a visit and left an Amazon gift card after I left a comment on your blog. Very cool.

Ashley@Bakerbynature 10/10/11 01:21

I've been going crazy for couscous lately! What a unique and flavorful recipe.

foodie @ tastingspot 10/10/11 07:53

i like your pictures and would like to invite you to share them on

Marina 10/10/11 11:03

Yum! It looks delicious!

tinyskillet 10/10/11 13:01

I never thought to fry the couscous, it sounds good that way. Then using the fried couscous in a salad takes it even further. I do enjoy many of Giada's recipes...very nice.

Ilke 10/10/11 13:24

Always make couscous but never fried it in addition to boiling. You are right, couscous and bulgur type stuff can be very bland unless you add something tasty like the sharp cheese here! Will keep this in mind next time in addition to all the herbs I load on them.

Catherine 10/10/11 15:06

Dear Angie, Gorgonzola is one of my favorite cheese!!! I think this salad sounds very delicious. I know that I would simply love it. Have a blessed day. Catherine xo

Katerina 10/10/11 16:53

My husband would love this couscous because he loves blue cheese. It is really very original!

vianney/sweet life 10/10/11 16:58

how interesting I have never treid lightly frying the couscous, great recipe!!

hemalata 10/10/11 17:47

Sounds so yummy and delicious.

Geni 10/10/11 21:17

I have never heard of or tried fried couscous but it sounds and looks fabulous! Thanks for the Amazon Gift Card Angie! It made my day last Friday! My daughter had 4 teeth pulled on Friday (for braces) and I let her spend some it and she shopped ALL DAY which cheered her up so much. You have no idea.

S.V. 10/10/11 22:22

This sounds wonderful I have never had fried couscous. It looks so tasty. :)

Juliana 10/10/11 23:03

Angie, your couscous salad looks delicious, cucumber, tomatoes and Gorgonzola cheese...very tasty.
Hope you have a great week ahead :-)

Gina Stanley 11/10/11 00:37

I agree the couscous needs something like the gorgonzola. Looks great Angie as always.

foodie @ Tasting Spot 11/10/11 01:50

i like your pictures and would like to invite you to share some of them on

theUngourmet 11/10/11 02:41

I just picked up a box of couscous a couple of days ago. Thanks for the recipe. This does look like it's packed with terrific flavor!

chow and chatter 11/10/11 03:54

fun recipe love the addition of the cheese

Zoe 11/10/11 03:57

Love this idea of frying the cous cous for extra texture.

Kelly 11/10/11 04:12

Sun-dried tomato and gorgonzola is a delicious pairing for this couscous - and what a pretty glass bowl you've used to showcase the dish.

kankana 11/10/11 05:50

I have always enjoyed couscous .. with veggies .. with fruits.. meat. It always taste lovely and fells so light!

scrambledhenfruit 11/10/11 06:02

This looks like a very tasty way to prepare couscous. The toasting I bet gives it a nutty flavor. Add that to all of the other bold flavors in the dish, and you've got a winner! :)

grace 12/10/11 21:51

some days i like gorgonzola, other days i can't stand it. i'm really excited about the idea of fried couscous, though--thanks for sharing it!

nancy at good food matters 13/10/11 16:08

Fried Couscous! that grabbed my attention immediately. great recipe, that is no doubt full of flavor. great inspiration---thanks, Angie!

sensiblecooking 14/10/11 22:22

Fried couscous who would have thought of that. And so true if you don't flavor well you might not want to eat couscous again but if you do it right it is pretty amazing taste.

Mother Rimmy 16/10/11 19:01

This sounds delicious Angie. I have some whole wheat couscous and love the sun dried tomato, basil and cheese.

The Duo Dishes 20/10/11 21:21

Perfect fall salad. It would be really nice with caramelized onions, butternut squash and gorgonzola too. Delicious!

Jennie 7/11/11 16:19

I am in love with the idea of fried couscous!! Thanks for sharing this wonderful recipe Angie!

Anonymous 7/11/11 23:56

This is an interesting combination. I bet it is scrumptious.

betsyb 11/11/11 16:09

I've never tried gorgonzola mixed with couscous, but the combination of flavors in this sounds terrific!

Mahmudul Hasan 18/3/13 06:59

Wow!! looking delicious to me.I definitely try this at my home.
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