Easy Couscous Spinach Crunch Salad

Easy couscous Spinach Crunch Salad with roasted almonds! Crunchy peppers, fluffy couscous, juicy plum tomatoes, roasted almonds and fresh spinach. It’s a flavorful, colorful, and absolutely delicious vegan couscous dinner recipe that goes with everything. 

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This easy Vegan couscous crunch salad is loaded with crunchy fresh veggies and nuts. 

Plus juicy plum tomatoes…

And fluffy couscous seasoned to deliciousness. 

If I haven’t already convinced you that you need to make this easy vegan couscous salad then here comes one more reason; this colorful healthy couscous only takes 15-minutes to make and can be served as a delicious side dish or healthy lunch. 

Why you need to make this instant Moroccan couscous recipe 

  • It’s a flavor packed, crunchy and delicious healthy salad
  • Colorful and full of nutrients 
  • Loaded with crunchy textures and juicy veggies 
  • Easy to make – requires only a few easy to get ingredients 
  • A quick 15-minutes recipe
  • Vegan
  • Great side dish that goes well with everything 
  • A quick healthy lunch option 

Vegan couscous spinach crunch salad recipe 

This easy vegan couscous recipe features super fluffy couscous and lots of crunchy textures. If you’re as big a fan of crunch salads as I am you’re going to adore this simple make in 15-minutes couscous recipe. It’s crunchy and punchy, and features deliciously sweet-and-savory flavors and a rainbow of colors in a bowl.

What you need to make the best couscous spinach crunch salad

This easy couscous recipe is simple to make and only requires a few easy to get ingredients for maximum deliciousness. Let’s take a look at what you need to make the best easy vegan couscous 

  • couscous 
  • Fresh spinach 
  • Bell peppers 
  • Plum tomatoes 
  • Roasted almonds 
  • Sweet chili sauce 
  • Seasoning 

What is couscous?

Couscous is a delicious North African dish made from tiny round grains of semolina flour. It’s actually more a tiny pasta than a grain, but acts as a grain in most dishes. Couscous is a great replacement for rice, bulgur, and any other type of grain.

Note: couscous contains gluten and is NOT gluten-free. You can get a gluten-free couscous made from corn flour that acts in a similar way to regular couscous.

How to make couscous in a microwave 

Making Moroccan couscous in a microwave is a quick and easy process. 

You need:

  • 1 cup dry couscous, instant 
  • 1 cup water
  • Seasoning 
  • Pour the water into a microwave safe bowl and heat in the microwave for 2-3 minutes or until the water is very hot or boiling. 
  • Carefully, remove the bowl from the microwave. Pour the couscous into the bowl with water along with all the seasoning. Quickly stir once and cover with a lid. Leave the couscous to rest in the bowl for 5-10 minutes.
  • When the couscous is done resting, fluff it with a fork before adding the diced peppers, plum tomatoes, spinach and almonds and combine everything.
  • Serve and enjoy.

Easy way to make perfect couscous in a saucepan 

  • Bring water or vegetable broth to a boil and stir in Moroccan instant couscous. Add the seasoning and turn off the heat and leave the couscous to rest for 3-5 minutes. 
  • Once the couscous has absorbed all the liquid, fluff it with a fork before adding the diced peppers, plum tomatoes, spinach and almonds and combine everything.
  • Serve and enjoy.

How to make the best easy 10-minutes fluffy couscous 

  • Bring water to a boil in a kettle. Place the couscous in a heat safe bowl and add the seasoning. Pour the boiling water over the couscous and quickly stir to combine. Cover the bowl with a lid and leave the couscous to rest for 5 minutes. 
  • Fluff the couscous with a fork before adding the diced peppers, plum tomatoes, spinach and almonds and combine everything.
  • Serve and enjoy.

How to cook couscous in a microwave 

  • Heat the water or vegetable broth in a microwave for 2 minutes until it’s boiling. Place the couscous in a heat safe bowl and add the seasoning. Pour the boiling water over the couscous and quickly stir to combine. Cover the bowl with a lid and leave the couscous to rest for 5 minutes. 
  • Fluff the couscous with a fork before adding the diced peppers, plum tomatoes, spinach and almonds and combine everything.
  • Serve and enjoy.

Easy way to make Pearl couscous in a microwave 

First up, let’s take a quick look at the ingredients list because Pearl couscous needs a different water to couscous ratio.

To make Pearl couscous in a microwave you need:

  • 250g (1 1/2 cups) Pearl couscous 
  • 2 1/2 cups water 
  • Seasoning 
  • Pour the pearl couscous into a microwave safe bowl and add all the seasoning. Pour in water and cover loosely with a lid. Microwave on high for 8-9 minutes. 
  • Carefully remove from the microwave and fluff the couscous with a fork. Leave the couscous to rest for 2-3 minutes before adding the diced peppers, plum tomatoes, spinach and almonds and combine everything.
  • Serve and enjoy.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is couscous good for weight loss?

Yes. Couscous is a low-calorie dish coming in at around 180 calories per serving (1 serving equals 1/2 cup couscous).

Can you reheat couscous?

Yes. You can easily reheat couscous in a microwave. Just place the couscous in a microwave safe bowl and heat for 1-2 minutes.

How to add more flavor to couscous?

This couscous is bursting with flavor. To add flavor to couscous you can use vegetable broth as the water, add lots of herbs, and drizzle with lemon juice.

Can I use Pearl couscous in this salad?

Yes. Any type of couscous will work in this recipe.

Is couscous gluten-free?

No. Couscous naturally contain gluten, but you can get gluten-free couscous typically made from corn flour.

Easy Couscous Spinach crunch Salad with roasted almonds

Easy couscous Spinach Crunch Salad with roasted almonds! Crunchy peppers, fluffy couscous, juicy plum tomatoes, roasted almonds and fresh spinach. It’s a flavorful, colorful, and absolutely delicious vegan couscous dinner recipe that goes with everything. 
This easy Vegan couscous crunch salad is loaded with crunchy fresh veggies and nuts. 
Plus juicy plum tomatoes…
And fluffy couscous seasoned to deliciousness
Course Salad
Cuisine Mediterranean
Keyword vegan
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Servings 4 people
Author Simone – Munchyesta.com

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Moroccan Couscous Instant
  • 1 cup Vegetable Stock
  • 1 cup Fresh Spinach Rinsed
  • 1 cup Plum Tomatoes Diced
  • 2 Red Bell Peppers Diced
  • 1 Spring Onion Finely Chopped
  • ½ cup Roasted Almonds Chopped
  • ½ tsp Salt
  • Pinch of Pepper
  • 1 tbsp Italian Seasoning or 1 tsp oregano, 1 tsp thyme, 1 tsp basil
  • Juice from ½ Lemon
  • 1 handful Fresh Basil Chopped

Instructions

Make couscous in a microwave

  • Heat the water or vegetable broth in a microwave for 2 minutes until it’s boiling. Place the couscous in a heat safe bowl and add the seasoning. Pour the boiling water over the couscous and quickly stir to combine. Cover the bowl with a lid and leave the couscous to rest for 5 minutes. 
  • Fluff the couscous with a fork before adding the diced peppers, plum tomatoes, spinach and almonds and combine everything. Top with sweet chili sauce and fresh herbs. 
    Serve and enjoy.

How to make the best easy 10-minutes fluffy couscous

  • Bring water to a boil in a kettle. Place the couscous in a heat safe bowl and add the seasoning. Pour the boiling water over the couscous and quickly stir to combine. Cover the bowl with a lid and leave the couscous to rest for 5 minutes. 
  • Fluff the couscous with a fork before adding the diced peppers, plum tomatoes, spinach and almonds and combine everything. Top with sweet chili sauce and fresh basil.
    Serve and enjoy.

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