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Couscous Salad with Almonds and Raisins

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This fresh Middle Eastern-inspired couscous salad features zingy ras el hanout, sumac and herbs on a bed of couscous with raisins – it’s filling, flavoursome and makes for an easy, satisfying meal that's on the table in 30 minutes.

  • 2 tbsp Olive oil
  • 3 Red onions, thinly sliced
  • 250 ml Chicken stock or water
  • 2 tbsp Ras el hanout
  • 200 g Organic couscous
  • 80 g Raisins
  • 500 ml Hot chicken stock
  • 70 g Arugula
  • Parsley, roughly chopped
  • 50 g Flaked almonds, toasted
  • Sumac, to taste
  • 3 tbsp Extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tbsp Pomegranate molasses (or Balsamic syrup or honey)
  • 1 Lemon, juiced
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  1. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over a medium heat and cook the sliced red onions with a large pinch of sea salt for 5 minutes until beginning to brown. Pour in 250ml chicken stock or water and rapidly boil for 10 minutes or until all the liquid has evaporated and the onions have softened. Turn down the heat and cook for 10 minutes more until the onions are sticky and caramelised. Stir in the ras el hanout and cook for another few minutes. Season and leave to cool.
  2. Put the couscous and raisins in a large heatproof bowl and pour over the hot chicken stock. Cover and leave for 10 minutes until all the stock has been absorbed, then fluff up with a fork. Leave to cool.
  3. Whisk all the ingredients for the dressing together. Season.
  4. Scrape the caramelised onions into the couscous. Add the arugula, parsley and dressing, and toss really well. Tip onto a platter and top with the flaked almonds and sumac.

© 2021 |

© 2021 |


Brian 16/11/21 01:13

Oh my, there you go with the yum again!

Tom 16/11/21 03:39

...something to try!

Julie 16/11/21 06:39

Lovely greens and couscous with raisins and toasted almonds..yumm!!

EASYFOODSMITH 16/11/21 08:25

Your salads are always so amazing Angie! I love them!

Lola Martínez 16/11/21 08:28

Un cuscús es algo que no falta en mi mesa a menudo porque siempre es bien recibida. Las especias Ras El Hanout me gustan mucho y les van muy bien. Muy rica la que nos propones.
Un beso.

babYpose 16/11/21 09:45

Couscous is kind of pasta (from google, Looks delicious with almonds and raisins. Thanks for sharing.

eileeninmd 16/11/21 12:23

Looks yummy, a great recipe to try.
Thanks for sharing!
Take care, have a happy day!

Nancy Chan 16/11/21 12:37

You always come up with interesting and delicious salad recipes.

Whats Cookin Italian Style Cuisine 16/11/21 13:20

that looks wonderful I could eat this everyday!

DEZMOND 16/11/21 13:26

I do love me red onions in anything.

foodtravelandwine 16/11/21 14:19

Looks awesome!!....I love couscous, but I never thought to have it in a salad....tasty idea!!........Abrazotes, Marcela

gluten Free A_Z Blog 16/11/21 14:41

Beautiful salad and flavors! Yum- I can't eat cows cous (because of gluten free) but I bet I could substitute quinoa to enjoy this delicious looking salad.

[Reply] 16/11/21 15:38

I have no idea what some of the ingredients are, but I do love couscous but rarely cook it, this salad sounds perfect!

Kitchen Riffs 16/11/21 16:05

This looks excellent -- I don't use couscous as often as I should, and I almost never use it in a salad. Really. Good. Stuff. :-) Thanks!

ازمير شهار ~ azmer 16/11/21 16:38

Looks good and tasty. Am a salad lovers. Should try these recipe. Thanx for sharing

delphine 16/11/21 17:13

Cette salade doit être un pur délice
Belle soirée

Pam 16/11/21 18:24

I love everything about this salad. Great texture & flavor combination!

Bernadette 16/11/21 18:29

Just bought rad el hanot and haven’t used it. Your recipe will be my impetus.

Suja Manoj 16/11/21 19:33

Great recipe to try, healthy and filling salad.

Ben | Havocinthekitchen 16/11/21 19:38

Huge fan of couscous here, so please sign me up for this deliciousness! :)

Anonymous 16/11/21 19:56

What a mouthwatering salad, Angie! I love sumac, but have never tried ras el hanout. I hope I can find it at our local grocery store.

Martyna 16/11/21 21:00

Very interesting recip. This looks very delicious 😊

Raymund 16/11/21 21:22

Another great salad to try

Cooking Julia 16/11/21 23:33

It's a nice and tasty salad!!

Veronica Lee 17/11/21 05:13

I've never tried couscous.

The salad looks amazing, Angie.

Kelly | Foodtasia 17/11/21 05:27

Angie, a wonderful blend of flavors and textures!

David 17/11/21 06:23

Angie, That is a beautiful salad but I'm not sure where I could find some of the ingredients... Take Care, Big Daddy Dave

Yvonne @ Fiction Books Reviews 17/11/21 06:35

I must admit that at first glance, this recipe didn't sound particularly appealing, although as ever, it looked great!

However, once again the flavour combination won me over and of course I had fun checking out "ras el hanout".

I'm not sure that I shall remember all the lovely authentic ingredients you so often mention in your recipes, but I have made a note of one or two of the best sounding ones!

Enjoy your Wednesday and thanks for sharing :)

Eva Taylor 17/11/21 13:18

So pretty, as luck would have it, I have some sumac on hand.

Jeff the Chef 17/11/21 16:34

What a fantastic and unusual salad! I don't think I've ever cooked with sumac.

Amy (Savory Moments) 17/11/21 17:53

What a lovely idea to add couscous into this salad. It looks super delicious!

lisa is cooking 17/11/21 22:23

I keep seeing salads with nuts and dried fruit that I really want to make, and this is one more! This mix of flavors sounds so good.

Irma 18/11/21 09:41

This looks really delicious.
Greetings Irma

The Velvet Runway 18/11/21 12:34

This looks so tasty! Love that you add caramelised onions - they're so delicious!
Julia x

Javier 18/11/21 12:41

Beautiful salad, no doubt! I think it's an excellent and interesting combination of ingredients

Maria Grazia Ferrarazzo Maineri 18/11/21 15:54

So delicious, Angie! Thank you for sharing.
Have a nice day,

Karen (Back Road Journal) 18/11/21 16:24

I actually have all the ingredients to make this delicious sounding dish...thank you!

bread&salt 19/11/21 19:23

I love these kind of salads. They are unique, hearty and healthy. It becomes a good lunch for me. Thanks for the recipe.

Sherry's Pickings 30/11/21 11:33

i love couscous salad. i like to add preserved lemons and pine nuts too!

Noob Cook 2/12/21 04:28

I love couscous and the generous amount of greens in your salad.

Choclette 7/12/21 18:14

Now that looks like an excellent idea for a quick and healthy supper. I might have to use something other than chicken stock though!


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