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
Keyword: barbecue side dish, Couscous pasta salad, shrimp and couscous salad
Servings: 6 side dish servings
Calories: 357kcal
Author: Kate


  • 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 1/4 - 1/2 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
  • 1/2 cup parsley leaves , chopped
  • 2 scallions , chopped
  • Juice of 1/2 - 1 lemon (about 1-2 tablespoons, to taste)


  • 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 1/2 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.


Calories: 357kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 16g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 191mg | Sodium: 593mg | Potassium: 200mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 1290IU | Vitamin C: 39.3mg | Calcium: 122mg | Iron: 2.1mg