Strange yet Wonderful Couscous Salad

READY IN: 25mins
Recipe by Cookin-jo

The list of ingredients may sound odd but the resulting blend of flavours is really amazing. I'd forgotten about this until I went through my old recipe box and I'm so glad I did. But, probably not for kids. I got this from a magazine a long time ago, can't remember which one.

Top Review by Kumquat the Cats fr

At first I didn't think this would taste strange at all but then I took a bite and decided that strange yet wonderful were the right adjectives to use for this recipe after all. I made several low fat adjustments (about 1 tablespoon olive oil for the onions and garlic, no oil otherwise, and fewer pine nuts and olives) but the taste still came through quite well. If you are not worried about the calories, I would add everything as listed. I didn't find the capers overwhelming myself and I added a bit more red wine vinegar. BF also liked this a lot. Fast and easy recipe too! Thanks!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In a small saucepan bring water to a boil with raisins, salt and 1 Tbsp oil. Stir in couscous, cover, and take off heat. Let stand for 5 minutes then fluff with a fork and transfer to a bowl to cool.
  2. In a small skillet saute the onion and garlic in 2 Tbsp oil over medium low heat until pale golden and soft.
  3. Stir onion mixture into the couscous along with the remaining ingredients including the remaining 1 Tbsp olive oil. Salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Serve at room temperature.
  5. This can be made a day ahead, covered and chilled. Bring to room temperature before serving.
  6. Guessing at the servings.

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