Curry Quinoa and Couscous Salad

This hearty recipe is good as a main dish or a side. I make this on the weekend so I have this all week.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
25 mins
Additional Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
55 mins
10 servings



  • 2 cups water

  • 1 cup quinoa

  • 1 ½ cups water

  • 1 cup couscous

  • 1 (15 ounce) can chickpeas, rinsed and drained

  • 2 cups chopped tomatoes

  • 2 red bell peppers, chopped

  • 3 stalks celery, chopped

  • 1 cup dried cranberries

  • ½ cup chopped pecans

  • 2 shallots, chopped

  • ¼ cup freshly chopped parsley (Optional)

  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro, or to taste


  • 3 lemons, juiced

  • ¼ cup curry paste (such as Patak's®)

  • 4 teaspoons soy sauce

  • 2 teaspoons white sugar

  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil

  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 1 cup olive oil


  1. Bring 2 cups water and quinoa to a boil in a saucepan. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer until quinoa is tender, 15 to 20 minutes.

  2. Bring 1 1/2 cups water to a boil in a saucepan; remove from heat and stir couscous into the water. Cover saucepan and let stand until water is absorbed completely, about 10 minutes. Fluff couscous with a fork.

  3. Combine quinoa, couscous, chickpeas, tomatoes, red bell peppers, celery, cranberries, pecans, shallots, parsley, and cilantro.

  4. Combine lemon juice, curry paste, soy sauce, sugar, sesame oil, cumin, and salt in a blender; blend until smooth. Slowly pour olive oil into the blender while it is still running until dressing is emulsified. Pour dressing over quinoa-couscous mixture and toss to coat.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

467 Calories
28g Fat
48g Carbs
8g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 10
Calories 467
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 28g 36%
Saturated Fat 4g 19%
Sodium 570mg 25%
Total Carbohydrate 48g 18%
Dietary Fiber 6g 20%
Total Sugars 12g
Protein 8g
Vitamin C 39mg 197%
Calcium 46mg 4%
Iron 2mg 12%
Potassium 414mg 9%

* 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.