10 Flavorful Couscous Recipes to Make for Dinner

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Keep a stash of couscous in your pantry and you’ve got the start of a nearly endless stream of incredibly quick meals right at your fingertips. Here are 10 recipes to help you turn this versatile bulk bin staple into dinner at a moment’s notice.

This recipe will show you that it only takes a few basic pantry ingredients to give a plain pot of couscous a punch of flavor and texture. It’s a side dish that works well alongside any meat or fish, but it also can bulk up cooked vegetables to make them a full meal.

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This salad has become a regular in my meal plan roster. It can play side dish or main course, and it makes a lot, which means I have lunch for a couple days to come.

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This is a quick and easy dinner salad that you’ll look forward to diving into. Israeli couscous takes just about 10 minutes to cook up, and while it does you can roast the shrimp and peas all on one sheet pan in the oven.

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While three-bean salad is typically a summer staple, I’m happy to bring its light, bright touch to the table all year long. I lean on frozen beans when I can’t find fresh, and often bulk it up with some shredded chicken or salmon.

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My best tip for making this hearty, textured couscous salad is to stir in the dressing while the pearls are still warm so they soak up the tangy flavors.

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When good tomatoes are out of season I love to swap in a rainbow of bell peppers, zucchini, or even delicata squash.

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Pairing tender, caramelized fennel with protein-rich chickpeas, briny olives, and a duo of citrus is such a wonderful way to turn a simple pot of couscous into a meal.

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This nutty couscous is one of my go-to weeknight sides that’s incredibly quick to pull together and pairs well with just about everything.

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This is one of my favorite couscous recipes to pair with fish. A mess of fresh herbs keeps it light, while cucumbers and wispy red onion add a nice crunch.

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If you can’t get your hands on a pomelo, grapefruit, blood oranges, or cara cara oranges make a wonderful substitute in this fresh, wintery couscous salad.

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