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This Shrimp and Vegetable Couscous Salad can serve as a light and healthy meal or a hearty side. It is a great alternative to pasta salad!

This Shrimp and Vegetable Couscous Salad can serve as a light and healthy meal or a hearty side. I like to serve it for dinner and cookouts, as it is a nice alternative to pasta salad!

I am going to let you in on a little secret. I am almost 6 months pregnant! Aldo and I are super excited about having our first baby, even though neither of us has any idea of how to take care of babies. Aldo's been doing lots of reading - yes, he's the one reading all the pregnancy and baby books! And I've been doing LOTS OF EATING.

I did not think it was possible for someone who does so little physical activity to be SO HUNGRY ALL THE TIME. It's insane how quickly our full fridge turns empty, and how much more expensive our grocery receipts are because I need snacks all day (and sometimes at night!).

This Shrimp and Vegetable Couscous Salad can serve as a light and healthy meal or a hearty side. I like to serve it for dinner and cookouts, as it is a nice alternative to pasta salad!

Related recipe: Broccoli Ranch Pasta Salad

Because of this whole eating-for-two thing I've been trying to cook recipes that will give me plenty of leftovers, and ones that are healthy, filling, and easy to make.

This Shrimp & Vegetable Couscous Salad has been in rotation a few times because of all those reasons, and because I can pull it out of the fridge and just eat it cold when I need a snack since it doesn't need to be served warm.

This Shrimp and Vegetable Couscous Salad can serve as a light and healthy meal or a hearty side. I like to serve it for dinner and cookouts, as it is a nice alternative to pasta salad!

This also makes it a great salad to take to work for lunch because it doesn't need to be reheated.

Related recipe: Tuna Pasta Salad

How to make Shrimp and Vegetable Couscous Salad:

Here's the step by step game plan with a few tips. You can also scroll down to the recipe card if you are comfortable in the kitchen.

  • Make sure your shrimp is thawed, if it was frozen.
  • Start by boiling the water for couscous and cooking the couscous. This recipe uses pearl couscous, which is the "big kind" and it takes a few minutes to cook. Make sure you check the package because it can be different between different brands. Don't overcook the couscous. When it's cooked, rinse it in cold water and place it to a large bowl. (This can be directly into your serving bowl)
  • While the couscous is cooking, dice the bell peppers, cherry tomatoes, and fresh herbs. Definitely use fresh herbs for this recipe, dried herbs won't work as well.
  • Remove the tails from the shrimp, season the shrimp with salt, pepper, and garlic powder (here I used the dried powdered stuff instead of going fresh, just to save time and evenly season the shrimp). 
  • The saute the shrimp and bell peppers together until the shrimp is fully cooked. You can also add the bell peppers to the salad raw, but I like to soften them a bit by cooking them for a few minutes.
  • Then toss everything together in a large bowl with the couscous and the rest of the ingredients.
  • Use fresh parsley, scallions, and fresh lemon juice for this salad! This will give the most flavorful, fresh-tasting salad compared to using bottled or dried ingredients. It's super quick to juice a lemon with a citrus squeezer, such as this one. And you can even dice fresh herbs with herb scissors (these are the ones I have) to save some time.

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This Shrimp and Vegetable Couscous Salad can serve as a light and healthy meal or a hearty side. A great alternative to pasta salad for cookouts and picnics!
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Shrimp and Vegetable Couscous Salad

This Shrimp and Vegetable Couscous Salad can serve as a light and healthy meal or a hearty side. It is a great alternative to pasta salad and is great for potlucks, picnics, and cookouts.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Appetizer, Lunch, Salad
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6 side dish servings
Author: Kate

Ingredients

  • 1.5 cups whole wheat large pearl couscous , uncooked
  • Water + salt for cooking couscous , according to package instructions
  • 1 lb raw shrimp , peeled, de-veined, and tails removed (see notes)
  • Salt , Pepper, and garlic powder to taste (about ¼ - ½ teaspoon each)
  • 1 red bell pepper , seeds removed, diced
  • 2 tbsp olive oil (divided)
  • 1 cup grape or cherry tomatoes , diced into quarters
  • 1 14 oz can whole corn kernels , drained and rinsed
  • ½ cup parsley leaves , chopped
  • 2 scallions , chopped
  • Juice of ½ - 1 lemon (about 1-2 tablespoons, to taste)

Instructions

  • Prepare the couscous according to the package instructions. For extra flavor, substitute chicken or vegetable broth instead of the water + salt! When the couscous is cooked, rinse under cold water and place in a large bowl.
  • White the couscous is cooking: In a large skillet, heat 1 tablespoons olive oil. Season the shrimp with salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Saute the seasoned shrimp and diced bell pepper over high heat for about 5 minutes, or until the shrimp is fully cooked. Add to the large bowl of couscous.
  • To prepare the salad, add the grape tomatoes, corn, chopped parsley, and scallion to the couscous. Season with the remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil and juice of ½ lemon. Mix well and give it a taste. Season with additional lemon juice, olive oil, salt, and pepper, if desired. Serve at room temperature or chilled.

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Shrimp and Vegetable Couscous Salad
Amount Per Serving
Calories 357 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Fat 6g9%
Saturated Fat 1g5%
Cholesterol 191mg64%
Sodium 593mg25%
Potassium 200mg6%
Carbohydrates 3g1%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 16g32%
Vitamin A 1290IU26%
Vitamin C 39.3mg48%
Calcium 122mg12%
Iron 2.1mg12%
* The nutritional information shown here is just an estimate and not meant to be used as dietary/nutritional advice. Please consult a nutritionist for exact nutritional information based on the exact ingredients you use.

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