Curried Couscous Salad with Bacon


Finally, a couscous salad that is not bland! This salad is a great addition to your summer meal, or as a lunch any time of year.

Prep Time:
25 mins
Cook Time:
5 mins
Additional Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
50 mins
8 servings


  • 4 slices bacon

  • 1 onion, chopped

  • 1 ½ cups water

  • 1 cup uncooked couscous

  • ¾ cup diced carrot

  • ¾ cup diced cucumber

  • ½ red bell pepper, diced

  • ½ (15 ounce) can garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed

  • ¼ cup olive oil

  • 2 tablespoons white balsamic vinegar

  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce

  • 1 tablespoon white sugar

  • 2 teaspoons curry powder

  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. Place the bacon in a large, deep skillet, and cook over medium-high heat, turning occasionally, until evenly browned, about 10 minutes. Drain the bacon slices on a paper towel-lined plate. When cool, crumble the bacon slices, and set aside.

  2. Drain all but 1 tablespoon of bacon drippings from the skillet, and cook and stir the onion in the skillet until the edges of the onion begin to turn brown. Set the onion aside.

  3. Bring the water to a boil in a saucepan, and sprinkle in the couscous. Remove the pan from the heat, let stand for 5 minutes to absorb the water, then fluff the couscous with a fork. Allow couscous to cool.

  4. Place the onion, cooled couscous, carrot, cucumber, red bell pepper, and garbanzos into a salad bowl, and stir lightly to combine.

  5. In a bowl, whisk together the olive oil, white balsamic vinegar, soy sauce, sugar, curry powder, and salt and pepper until the sugar has dissolved. Pour the dressing over the salad, mix again lightly, and sprinkle with bacon bits.

Cook's Note

You can use whatever vegetables you have in the fridge. If you are short on time, you can skip the bacon and onions (although everything is better with bacon) and use green onions instead.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

212 Calories
9g Fat
27g Carbs
6g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 212
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 9g 12%
Saturated Fat 2g 8%
Cholesterol 5mg 2%
Sodium 283mg 12%
Total Carbohydrate 27g 10%
Dietary Fiber 3g 10%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 6g
Vitamin C 12mg 62%
Calcium 26mg 2%
Iron 1mg 5%
Potassium 198mg 4%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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