Curried Couscous Salad with Bacon Recipe -
Curried Couscous Salad with Bacon Recipe
  • READY IN 50 mins

Curried Couscous Salad with Bacon

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"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."

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Original recipe makes 8 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    25 mins
  • COOK

    5 mins

    50 mins


  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.
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  • 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.

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Most Helpful Positive Review
Jan 27, 2010

I made this for all to bring for lunch as it will keep and not go bad. I did not add the Bacon because the flavor would be bad mixed with the other spices. To keep give it a real protein boost I added garden vegge type of tempeh. That gave the dish the extra punch it needed without the fatty bacon.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Nov 09, 2012



14 Ratings

May 27, 2010

I made this exactly like the recipe (except I always add cumin), and the results were light and textural and very complex flavors.

Jul 19, 2010

We thought this was really tasty and different. it might be good with a little garlic added in too.

Mar 29, 2011

Loved it! Light and refreshing with wonderful curry flavor! Little less vinegar to my taste. Stevia instead of sugar makes this a more healthy option!

Jul 19, 2012

Could use more curry powder and think I will add cumin next time. Added jalapeno and cilantro which added a nice flavor.

Oct 31, 2014

this was very good and simple to make. I used some fresh asparagus instead of the cucumber, because that is what I had in the frig. It was good at room temp. and would be good chilled. Very colorful! A little bacon adds a whole lot of flavor, so please don't omit the bacon.

Dec 10, 2012

I didn't have cuckes or chickpeas so omitted them, but added tomatoes and green pepper. Otherwise followed the recipe exactly. Would be delicious warm or cold, as a main dish or side dish. Definitely don't skip the bacon and caramelized onion step though, that takes it from a 4 star to a 5 star dish!!! Oh, I also added a few artichoke hearts because I had some that needed to be used up. Super dish!!! :-)


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  • Calories
  • 212 kcal
  • 11%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 26.6 g
  • 9%
  • Cholesterol
  • 5 mg
  • 2%
  • Fat
  • 9.1 g
  • 14%
  • Fiber
  • 2.8 g
  • 11%
  • Protein
  • 5.9 g
  • 12%
  • Sodium
  • 283 mg
  • 11%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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