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A glass bowl with raisin couscous on a beige cloth.

Moroccan Couscous Salad

A unique and flavorful couscous salad, citrusy and crunchy. It can be made ahead, making a fantastic lunch or addition to a buffet table. 

  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings


  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 cup uncooked instant couscous
  • 1/3 cup raisins
  • 1/3 cup chopped almonds
  • 1/3 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 3 tablespoons of coriander seeds
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Extras: carrots, red bell pepper, zucchini


  1. In a clean skillet, over low heat, very lightly toast coriander seeds. Be careful not to burn them. Let them cool.
  2. Transfer to a mortar and crush with the pestle. You can also grind them in a seed or coffee bean grinder. But don't turn them into a powder.
  3. Put the couscous, olive oil, salt, and pepper to taste in a medium bowl. Stir to combine. It will be uneven.
  4. In a small saucepan, heat the orange juice with the raisins and bring to a boil.
  5. Immediately pour over couscous to cover. Cover the bowl with a lid or plate, and let stand 5 minutes. It should absorb the liquid.
  6. Fluff with a fork, add almonds, parsley, and crushed coriander seeds.
  7. Add extras if using any of them. You can use them raw or roasted. Cut them in small bites. 
  8. Check olive oil, salt, and pepper and add more if necessary.
  9. Serve immediately or cover and keep refrigerated.
  10. Take out a half hour before serving.


Coriander seeds:

  • They are sold in most supermarkets and you can buy coriander seeds online.
  • They can be ground with a mortar and pestle, a nut grinder, or a coffee seed grinder, which is what I use.

Couscous: you can buy couscous online or at the grocery store. 

  • Author: Paula Montenegro
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Category: Side dishes
  • Method: Mixing
  • Cuisine: International


  • Serving Size: 1/4
  • Calories: 435
  • Sugar: 13.9 g
  • Sodium: 156.1 mg
  • Fat: 21.2 g
  • Carbohydrates: 56 g
  • Fiber: 6.2 g
  • Protein: 9.5 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg

Keywords: Moroccan couscous salad