This sweet potato couscous salad is an easy vegan recipe. Couscous is combined with roasted sweet potatoes and chickpeas then tossed with miso lemon dressing. Fresh parsley, dried fruit and nuts add even more flavor.
This colorful, jewel-toned salad is perfect for casual dinners and fancy holiday meals.
You can serve this couscous salad with Mediterranean grilled chicken.
If you love sweet potatoes, you'll also want to try black lentil salad with sweet potatoes and maple-dijon dressing and Brussels sprouts and sweet potatoes with maple-dijon dressing.
Looking for more couscous recipes? Try Instant Pot pearl couscous with smoked paprika and cinnamon.
Sweet potatoes: Cut small chunks that will roast in 30 minutes. If you're not a sweet potato fan, it's okay to make this salad using only chickpeas.
Chickpeas: Canned chickpeas are roasted with the sweet potatoes to give them a crispier texture. However, you can choose to add the chickpeas without roasting them if you want.
Dried fruit and nuts: For sweet-tart flavor and crunchy texture, dried fruit and nuts really elevate this salad. Golden raisins and cranberries are my favorite dried fruits to add. Choose your favorite type of nut: pistachios, pecans, hazelnuts, cashews and slivered almonds all pair well with the flavors in this salad.
Toss sweet potatoes & chickpeas in
olive oil, salt and cumin. Roast for 30
Combine hot water and couscous. Let sit for 5 minutes, then fluff with a fork.
Whisk together miso lemon dressing ingredients.
Combine sweet potatoes & chickpeas, couscous, parsley and miso dressing.
Add your favorite dried fruit and nuts for more flavor and crunch.
For detailed instructions and ingredient amounts, see the recipe card below
How to Cook Couscous
The type of couscous used in this recipe is instant couscous. Although at the grocery store you'll see it labeled simply as "couscous."
Instant couscous looks like tiny grains of sand. It's made from semolina flour and water. The flavor is mild and nutty with a fluffy, slightly dry texture.
This type of couscous has been steamed and dried and just needs to be reconstituted with hot water. It doesn't need to be boiled or cooked.
Just combine the couscous with hot water, cover, and let it sit for 5 minutes before fluffing with a fork.
For more information about all types of couscous, including pearl couscous, check out this recipe for Instant Pot couscous.
Miso Lemon Dressing
The miso lemon dressing has a mild, pleasing flavor that's slight sweet. It's fantastic on any type of salad.
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