How to make Couscous Salmon Salad

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Try this Couscous Salmon Salad for a healthy and delicious meal. Fresh salmon, fluffy couscous, and a mix of crisp vegetables create a balanced and satisfying dish.

Perfect for lunch or dinner, this salad is easy to make and packed with nutrients. Ideal for those looking for a quick, nutritious option.

Couscous Salmon Salad

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This Healthy Couscous Salmon Salad Recipe is a perfect example of a nutritious and tasty dish that’s perfect for quick lunches or dinners. Using fresh salmon, fluffy couscous, and a variety of crisp vegetables, this recipe is a great way to enjoy a balanced meal. Ideal for those looking for easy and healthy recipes.

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Expert Tips

Use Fresh Salmon: Fresh salmon tastes better and has more nutrients, making it delicious and healthy.

Cook Couscous Perfectly: Use equal parts water and couscous. After boiling, cover and let it steam for 5 minutes. Fluff with a fork for perfect, fluffy couscous.

Balance Flavors: Add fresh herbs like parsley or cilantro and a tangy lemon dressing. This balances the rich salmon and couscous, making the salad fresh and tasty.

Couscous Salmon Salad

Ingredients

Couscous: Couscous is a small, granular pasta made from semolina flour. Look for quick-cooking couscous for convenience.

Salmon Fillet: Choose a fresh salmon fillet, preferably wild-caught for better taste and nutritional value.

Tomatoes: Opt for ripe, flavorful tomatoes. Varieties like beefsteak or Roma tomatoes work well.

Cherry Tomatoes: Cherry tomatoes add sweetness and color to the salad. Choose firm, plump tomatoes with vibrant color.

Cucumber: Cucumber adds a refreshing crunch to the salad. English cucumbers or Persian cucumbers are great options.

Avocado: Choose a ripe avocado for creaminess and taste.

Olive Oil: Use extra virgin olive oil for its rich taste and health benefits.

Lemon Juice: Freshly squeezed lemon juice adds brightness and tanginess to the salad.

Salt and Pepper: Use kosher salt or sea salt for seasoning. Freshly ground black pepper adds a hint of spice.

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Substitutions

Couscous: Quinoa or bulgur can be used as substitutes for couscous if preferred.

Salmon Fillet: Any other type of fish, such as trout or tilapia, can be used as a substitute for salmon. For a vegetarian option, consider using tofu or tempeh.

Tomatoes: If fresh tomatoes are not available, canned diced tomatoes can be used instead.

Cherry Tomatoes: Grape tomatoes or diced regular tomatoes.

Cucumber: Other crunchy vegetables like bell peppers or celery can be used as substitutes for cucumber.

Avocado: If avocados are not available, you can omit them or replace with diced bell peppers or olives for added taste and texture.

Olive Oil: Any other type of oil, such as avocado oil or vegetable oil.

Lemon Juice: Lime juice or vinegar (such as white wine vinegar or apple cider vinegar).

Salt and Pepper: Use any other preferred seasonings or spices to taste, such as garlic powder, onion powder, or Italian seasoning blend.

Variations

Grilled Salmon: Instead of boiling, grill the salmon for a smoky flavor.

Quinoa Substitute: Replace couscous with quinoa for a gluten-free option.

Mango Salsa: Add diced mango for a tropical twist.

Greek Style: Use feta cheese, olives, and Greek dressing for a Mediterranean flair.

Asian Fusion: Add soy sauce, ginger, and sesame oil for an Asian-inspired twist.

Vegetarian Option: Omit the salmon and add grilled tofu or chickpeas for protein.

Herb Infusion: Mix in fresh herbs like dill, parsley, or cilantro for extra freshness.

Spicy Kick: Sprinkle chili flakes or add chopped jalapeños for a spicy variation.

Storage and leftovers

For the tastiest experience, eat the Couscous Salmon Salad when it’s freshly made. The taste is brightest, and the ingredients stay crunchy. As time goes on, it might not taste as good, so it’s best to eat it soon after making it.

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Couscous Salmon Salad

Couscous Salmon Salad

Claudia
Delight in a refreshing Couscous Salmon Salad! Packed with fresh ingredients like salmon, tomatoes, and avocado, tossed in a zesty lemon dressing. Perfect for a quick and healthy meal.
5 from 8 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Mediterranean
Servings 2
Calories 574 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 3.5 oz 100g couscous
  • 4.6 oz 130g boneless salmon fillet
  • 2 large tomatoes chopped
  • 5-6 cherry tomatoes quartered
  • cucumber around 3.5 oz (100g)
  • 1 avocado
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • salt
  • pepper

Instructions
 

  • Bring water to a boil in a deep pan. Add the salmon and cook for 10 minutes over medium heat until it turns opaque throughout. Remove the skin and shred the meat with a fork.
  • In a heatproof bowl, place the couscous and pour over 160 ml of boiled water. Let it sit until all the moisture is absorbed, about 3-5 minutes. Fluff the couscous with a fork.
  • While waiting, prepare the vegetables. To prevent browning, sprinkle 1 tablespoon of lemon juice over the avocado.
  • In a large bowl, combine all ingredients. Drizzle with olive oil and lemon juice, and season with salt and pepper to taste.

Notes

  1. Salmon Cooking: Ensure the salmon is cooked until opaque throughout, about 10 minutes on medium heat. Remove the skin and flake the meat with a fork.
  2. Couscous Preparation: Use a heatproof bowl to soak the couscous in 160 ml of boiled water until it absorbs all the moisture, approximately 3-5 minutes. Fluff it with a fork for fluffy texture.
  3. Vegetable Prep: While the couscous is soaking, prepare the vegetables by chopping them finely. Sprinkle lemon juice over the avocado to prevent browning.
  4. Assembly: Combine all the ingredients in a large bowl. Drizzle with olive oil and lemon juice for added taste. Season generously with salt and pepper to taste. Mix well to ensure even distribution of flavors. Serve and enjoy your delicious and nutritious couscous salmon salad!
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9 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    Loved this recipe. In less than 30 minutes I had a meal on the table. Delicious!
    And great for meal planning.

  2. 5 stars
    I love how light and refreshing this couscous salad is. Easy and healthy enough for a quick summer weeknight dinner with enough protein to keep things balanced.

  3. 5 stars
    This is my new go-to salad recipe for the summer. It’s super easy and refreshing–perfect for hot days when I want something light to eat!

  4. 5 stars
    I love this salmon couscous salad. It’s a perfect easy and light lunch or weeknight dinner recipe. I actually used leftover baked salmon which made it even faster to prepare.

  5. 5 stars
    This recipe is great! It combines my favorite 2 foods – salmon and couscous! I had this for lunch the last 2 days in a row!