Last night I posted the photo above to Instagram because I did something I’ve never done before – I made couscous!
We had salmon to cook for dinner and needed a couple sides so a box of couscous was pulled from the pantry and I was tasked with making it something we’d like to eat. At first I panicked – what was I supposed to do with this box of food?!?
I read the directions on the box to cook it and then took some liberties with making it taste like something I’d like!
Since we were having salmon I thought a lemon based dish would go well with it. I haven’t cooked or had couscous before but I’ve seen lots of recipes online for couscous salads, so I knew I could pull out a bunch of items and throw them in.
I pulled a lemon, cilantro, and red onion from the veggie crisper to add to the couscous.
Then of course I added seasonings! Tossed into the couscous mixture was tumeric, salt, and plenty of garlic powder.
On top of this I juiced the full lemon. Then mixed it all up.
Lemon & Cilantro Couscous with Red Onion
While this isn’t an exact recipe, here’s what I used to make this dish! You can play around and adjust to your liking. :)
- 2 cups cooked couscous (Near East – Couscous Mix Original Plain – 10 oz.)
- 1 lemon
- 7-10 sprigs of fresh cilantro
- 1/8 diced red onion (small amount)
- 1 tbsp tumeric
- 1/2 tbsp garlic powder
- Salt to taste – just a pinch or two!
- Cook couscous according to package. I used reduced sodium chicken broth rather than water for more flavor.
- Fluff the couscous after cooking. Separate out your desired amount, I used 2 cups as a test.
- Assemble all additional ingredients.
- Toss in cilantro and red onion to the couscous.
- Add in the seasonings.
- Cut lemon and squeeze the juice into the salad mixture.
- Toss it all together and mix!
It came together really well!The seasonings, and especially the turmeric, will turn the couscous the yellow color. It’s a very pretty looking side dish full of color!
I love fresh red onion so I’m glad I added it for the additional flavor. A repeat of the recipe was requested without the red onion since it can be overpowering to some people. You may want to leave it out in favor of onion powder if onion flavor is too strong for you.
I was also surprised at how easy cooking couscous was. Maybe it’s because it’s 5 minute Couscous? Basically you just boil water, dump it in, stir, and wait five minutes! How easy is that? If I had known how simple couscous could be I’d probably have been eating it sooner! But now I know it’s easy and an empty vessel for flavoring so I expect more couscous salads in my future.
This lemon and cilantro couscous was paired with a gigantic piece of salmon and steamed broccoli for a healthy and delicious dinner that led to leftovers. So good!