Couscous and Kale

A Mediterranean dish that makes a
great side or a terrific main dish entrée

Couscous and Kale

Our Couscous and Kale recipe is a tasty blend of Mediterranean spices, couscous and kale. By now you probably know how much we at All-Veg love kale! In our opinion it is a wonderful, delicious, nutrient-dense food that can be used in a variety of ways. In fact, we just had some fresh kale picked from our Earthbox garden and that reminded me of this couscous and kale recipe.

And, of course, we have all heard so much about the health benefits of eating a Mediterranean style diet. The turmeric, in addition to its flavor, adds a nice coloration to the dish. Serve it with toasted pita wedges and hummous alongside some sliced tart apples.

Couscous and Kale


1 1/2 cups uncooked Large Pearl Couscous
2 cups vegetable broth
2 Tbsp. olive oil
1 tsp. ground coriander
1 tsp. cardamom
1 tsp. ground turmeric
3 cloves garlic, thin sliced
1 medium sized bunch of kale, stems removed and leaves coarsely chopped
1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg
1 large lemon, juiced
Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
Chopped Kalamata olives for garnish (about 8 to 10 olives, pitted and chopped)
Optional: 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese, or Pecorino Romano

How we make it

In a medium to large pot, bring to boil the vegetable broth. Sprinkle turmeric, cardamom and coriander over the boiling broth and stir in couscous. Reduce heat to medium and simmer per couscous package directions (about 8 to 10 minutes), stirring occasionally, until couscous is cooked through and broth is mostly absorbed. Place in mixing bowl and set aside.

In large skillet over medium heat, heat olive oil. Add the sliced garlic and saute for a minute or two until it begins to soften. Stir kale into garlic, cover and cook for about 10 minutes more. Kale will reduce considerably.

Stir kale mixture into couscous along with lemon juice, nutmeg and cheese if using. Season with salt and pepper. Garnish with chopped olives. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Makes 4 servings.

Per serving: 340 calories, calories from fat 69, 8g total fat (1.2g saturated fat), 0g trans fat, 0mg cholesterol, 254mg potassium, 12.4g dietary fiber, 7.8g protein.

Back to Top



Share this page:
Enjoy this page? Please pay it forward. Here's how...

Would you prefer to share this page with others by linking to it?

  1. Click on the HTML link code below.
  2. Copy and paste it, adding a note of your own, into your blog, a Web page, forums, a blog comment, your Facebook account, or anywhere that someone would find this page valuable.

The opinions expressed in this website are strictly those of the authors.
Always consult your nutritionist or healthcare provider before beginning a new diet regimen.
© 2011-2012 - All rights reserved.
Reproduction of any material without express written permission is strictly prohibited by law.

Disclosure Policy