Looking for new ways to enjoy couscous? These creative and healthy vegan couscous recipes are full of flavor, easy to prepare, and an excellent addition to your next plant-based meal. Which one will you try first?
If you’re stuck in a rut when it comes to vegan meals, why not try one of these delicious new ways to use couscous?
One of the great things about this pantry staple is that it’s so quick to cook and prepare, making it an excellent choice for busy weeknight dinners or for a quick knock-together meal when you have guests over.
But don’t stop there. Couscous salads, in particular, make the perfect picnic lunch, BBQ side, or potluck dinner offering too!
Different Types of Couscous
If you’re not overly familiar with couscous, you may be surprised to learn that there are several different varieties available.
Moroccan couscous is small in size and typically made of semolina. This type of couscous is often pre-cooked, so it only needs to be steamed for 5-10 minutes to make it light & fluffy again.
Israeli couscous is also normally made from semolina, but it’s larger in size and has been toasted, giving it a nuttier flavor profile.
Pearl couscous is the largest variety. It’s often referred to as Lebanese couscous or Mograbiah. It’s made from durum wheat or semolina flour, but due to its larger size, it takes a little longer to prepare.
You’ll find all three varieties of couscous used in the following vegan couscous dishes.
This beautiful Moroccan couscous recipe pairs the larger pasta with artichokes, fresh cherry tomatoes, capers and preserved lemons for a fresh and flavorsome feast! Eat as a meal, or alongside other Middle Eastern dishes such as stuffed eggplant, baba ganoush, or hummus and flatbread.
Try something a little different with this green couscous salad. Packed full of delicious herby flavors, it'll look fabulous on your festive dinner table, or as a beautiful fresh salad at any time of the year!
The traditional flavors in this Maftoul salad will win you over with the first bite. Serve as a traditional salad, or spoon into lettuce cups for a fun and convenient way to eat it at a picnic or shared meal.
Couscous for breakfast? Why not! This fruity vegan couscous recipe is sweet and filling so you can start your day the right way. Just swap out the honey for your favorite vegan sweetener and you'll all set!
Fennel, almonds, pomegranate, and Israeli couscous come together perfectly to create this delicious plant-based salad. Add a simple dressing and some fresh herbs and you've got yourself a nourishing dinner or side dish.
We hope you liked this delicious list of vegan couscous meals. Let us know in the comments below which one you’re going to try first!