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Spicy Curried Couscous (Mendocino Farms Copycat)

This spicy curried couscous salad is incredibly delicious and can be served with any sandwich. This salad is spicy and tangy in the best way. This is a gourmet side salad, not your typical side salad.
4.45 from 9 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Mediterranean
Servings 6 people
Calories 433 kcal


  • 4.4 oz Israeli pearl couscous Pearl shape - 1/2 box
  • 1 cauliflower head - florets cut into pieces
  • 1 ½ teaspoon curry powder
  • 1 ½ teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 ½ teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoons salt more to taste
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper more to taste
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar or more to taste
  • 3 tablespoons oil avocado oil
  • 2 carrots small - peeled and diced
  • 1 cup vegan mayonnaise or mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cilantro bunch - chopped
  • 1/2 lime juiced


  • First cook the couscous using the instructions from the package. Once done rinse with cold water, drain, place it in a large bowl, and set aside.
  • Turn on the oven to 450 degrees.
  • In a small bowl, place all the spices and mix well.
  • In a large bowl, toss the cauliflower with oil, then add the spices and toss well until the cauliflower is covered with the spice mixture.
  • Spread out the cauliflower on a baking sheet and place in the oven until browned, about 15 minutes. You want the edges to be browned and the cauliflower a little crunchy. Remove the cauliflower and place it in the bowl with the couscous.
  • On the same baking sheet spread out the carrots and toss with the leftover spices left on the baking sheet. Place in the oven for about 10 minutes. Remove the carrots from the oven and place it in the bowl with the couscous and cauliflower.
  • Next, fold in the mayonnaise, lime juice, cilantro, and toss until well combined. At this point you can add more salt, brown sugar, or cayenne to taste. Cover it and refrigerate it until you’re ready to serve.


Recipe was adapted from LA Times


Calories: 433kcalCarbohydrates: 31gProtein: 5gFat: 32gSaturated Fat: 3gSodium: 646mgPotassium: 387mgFiber: 4gSugar: 7gVitamin A: 3414IUVitamin C: 49mgCalcium: 44mgIron: 1mg
Keyword Spicy Curried Couscous, Mendocino Farms, Cauliflower, Carrots
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