Moroccan Carrot Couscous Salad

A nice change of pace from your typical pasta salad, this Moroccan-Spiced Carrot Couscous Salad uses Israeli couscous as its base and simmers together in a single skillet with shredded carrots, minced garlic, ground cumin and paprika. Once cooked, it is finished off by stirring in fresh chopped Italian parsley and red wine vinegar before serving.

Like most pasta salads, this deliciously golden hued vegetarian couscous salad can be served warm, or made ahead and served right from the refrigerator or at room temperature—my personal favorite.

Moroccan-spiced carrot couscous in serving bowl.

Moroccan-spiced carrot couscous

How Many Calories and WW Points in this Couscous Salad?

According to my calculations, each serving has about 140 calories.

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How to Make Moroccan-Spiced Couscous Carrot Salad

Step 1: Gather and prepare all ingredients.

Ingredients including Israeli couscous, shredded carrots, chopped parsley, paprika, cumin and red wine vinegar.

Ready to make the couscous

Step 2: Heat oil in a large skillet (affiliate link) over medium heat. Add the couscous, stirring occasionally until it toasts lightly, about 3 minutes.

Toasting Israeli couscous in large skillet.

Toasting the pearl couscous

Step 3: Stir in the carrots and continue to saute until they begin to soften, about 3 minutes.

Sauteing shredded carrots and Israeli couscous in skillet.

Stir in the carrots and saute until they start to soften

Step 4: Stir in the water, paprika, cumin, garlic, salt and pepper. Cover skillet and allow to simmer until the couscous is tender and all the liquid is absorbed, about 10 minutes.

Carrot couscous skillet on stovetop.

Add in the water, spices and garlic and simmer until liquid is absorbed

Step 5: Turn off the heat and stir in the parsley and red wine vinegar. Taste and add salt and pepper if necessary.

Stirring red wine vinegar and parsley in carrot couscous in skillet.

Stir in the parsley and red wine vinegar

Step 6: Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

Moroccan carrot couscous salad in ceramic bowl.

Low-fat carrot couscous salad

Recipe Notes

Be sure to use the larger Israeli couscous (aka Pearl couscous) when making this dish. Israeli couscous is much larger than regular couscous—about the size of lentils or small peas. Toasting the couscous will help it keep its shape after simmering.

In this photo, there is Israeli couscous (Tri-color) on the left and regular couscous on the right.

Two small white ramekins, one with Israeli couscous and the other with regular couscous.

Israeli (Pearl) couscous (tricolor) (left) and regular couscous (right)

Serving Suggestions

This family-friendly side dish is perfect for vegetarians, makes a great picnic or potluck salad and pairs well with anything from the grill—from burgers, to spicy chicken thighs to salmon or shrimp or pork kebabs.

Simple carrot couscous salad in white bowl.

Carrot couscous salad

Ways to Use Leftovers

Store any leftover couscous salad in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Enjoy this carrot couscous right from the fridge, warmed to room temperature, or gently warmed in the microwave (affiliate link).

Turn this into a main course meal with the addition of your favorite protein. Just mix in a little shredded or chopped chicken breast, canned flaked tuna, shrimp, etc.

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Moroccan Carrot Couscous Salad

This beautifully golden Carrot Couscous Salad will be a welcomed addition to any picnic or potluck gathering and makes a great option as vegetarian side dish.

Prep Time10 mins

Cook Time16 mins

Total Time26 mins

Servings (adjustable): 8

Calories: 140

Author: Peter | Simple Nourished Living

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the couscous and stir occasionally until it toasts lightly, about 3 minutes.

  • Stir in the carrots and continue to saute until they begin to soften, about 3 minutes.

  • Stir in the water, paprika, cumin, garlic, salt and pepper. Cover skillet and allow to simmer until the couscous is tender and all the liquid is absorbed, about 10 minutes.

  • Turn off the heat and stir in the parsley and red wine vinegar. Taste and add salt and pepper if necessary.

  • Store any leftover carrot couscous salad in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

Recipe Notes

Be sure to use the larger Israeli couscous (aka Pearl couscous) when making this dish. Israeli couscous is much larger than regular couscous—about the size of lentils or small peas. Toasting the couscous will help it keep its shape after simmering.
Serving size: ½ cup
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4 *PointsPlus (Old plan)

Nutrition Facts

Moroccan Carrot Couscous Salad

Amount Per Serving (1 /2 cup)

Calories 140 Calories from Fat 18

% Daily Value*

Fat 2g3%

Carbohydrates 25.9g9%

Fiber 2.5g10%

Protein 4.1g8%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Course: Side Dish

Cuisine: Moroccan

Keyword: couscous carrot salad, pasta carrot salad, shredded carrot couscous

Recipe source: Almost from Scratch: 600 Recipes for the New Convenience Cuisine (affiliate link) by Andrew Schloss

*PersonalPoints® calculated by WW. *PointsPlus® and SmartPoints® calculated by Simple Nourished Living; Not endorsed by Weight Watchers International, Inc. All recipe ingredients except optional items included in determining nutritional estimates. SmartPoints® values calculated WITHOUT each plan’s ZeroPoint Foods (Green plan, Blue plan, Purple plan) using the WW Recipe Builder.

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