Whole-Wheat Couscous with Almonds

Using whole-wheat couscous adds fiber to this side dish. Serving it at room temperature, rather than chilled, allows the flavors to come through.

Per serving: 149 calories; 5 g protein; 4 g fat; 25 g carbs; 4 g fiber.
Body+Soul, October 2006
  • Prep Time 5 minutes
  • Total Time 20 minutes
  • Yield Serves 4
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  • 1 cup whole-wheat couscous
  • 3 tablespoons slivered almonds
  • 1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 plum tomato, coarsely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon chopped parsley
  • 1 tablespoon capers, rinsed and drained
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • Coarse salt


  1. Place the couscous in a medium bowl and pour 1 1/2 cups of boiling water over it. Stir, cover, and let it stand 10 minutes.

  2. Meanwhile, in a small skillet, toast the almonds over medium heat until lightly golden, about 3 minutes; remove from heat.

  3. Uncover the couscous and add the almonds, oil, tomato, parsley, capers, and garlic. Season the mixture with salt and fluff with a fork. Serve at room temperature.

Recipe Reviews

Reviews (12)

  • wamchick 8 Oct, 2010

    although it's less healthy, i find this recipe tastes much better with israeli cous cous. keeps longer too!

  • emmasyaya 21 Feb, 2010

    uh, the nutritional info is right next to the picture...

  • chyost 21 Feb, 2010

    These recipes need to have the nutritional info posted with them!

  • dlgordoni 25 May, 2009

    mmsrjs, I like your comment and I wholeheartedly agree! :o)

  • Shivi 26 Aug, 2008

    I'm going to use cucumber cut up really small instead of the capers.
    mmsrjs- capers and god, one of the stangest things I've heard in ages. I laughed so hard when I read your comment!

  • MissesBojangles 19 Jun, 2008

    This was so good!!! Really comforting and filling. I ate too much though I almost finished the whole thing myself.

  • fainty_girl 18 Jun, 2008

    mmsrjs, bit of a stretch linking capers to religion, don't you think?

    Any other suggestions for an atheist who wants to replace capers with a different ingredient? :P

  • mmsrjs 17 Jun, 2008

    took a while to get used to capers and now we love them. Besides they come from God's Country where Jesus grew up. So if it's good enough for our LORD, its good enough for me.

  • fainty_girl 17 Jun, 2008

    I'm not a fan of capers...any idea on what would be a good replacement ingredient?

  • wannerk 9 Jun, 2008

    FYI - Couscous is not suitable for people with celiac disease or who are watching how much flour they eat. Even the whole wheat kind is still just flour and water, just whole wheat flour.

  • priscillab 2 May, 2008

    I would really like to try this and would like to know if the total fat could be broken down to how much is saturated fat?

  • KaterTot 11 Apr, 2008

    if I left out the raw garlic, would it be a negative factor in weight loss boosting? I always feel sick with raw garlic