Fruity Couscous Salad With Tomatillo Sauce

Fruity Couscous Salad with Tomatillo Sauce | Playful Cooking

Living in US for the past few years got me into this routine of preparing food with various kind of grains and cheeses. Ingredients like couscous, polenta, quinoa or fresh mozzarella became a part of our daily diet. As much as I love Indian food, both cooking and eating, every now and then I need to expand my palate with something different, something that I didn’t grow up eating.

In India, these ingredients are not easily available and even if you successfully find it in some gourmet store, it just hurts your pocket. Hence, we can’t make it our everyday meal but occasionally, I like to go back to those dishes.


Fruity Couscous Salad with Tomatillo Sauce | Playful Cooking


Few weekends back, we visited one such gourmet store – Foodhall. Got super thrilled to find some of the stuff that we have been missing for a while now. So we came back home with bag, full of delicious goodies. Amongst other things in the bag, there were some beautiful bright green tomatillos. Now that’s something I didn’t try before and didn’t exactly know what to do, except maybe a salsa. So, a couple of tomatillos were used for that and the rest ended up as a tangy sauce for the couscous salad.


Fruity Couscous Salad with Tomatillo Sauce | Playful Cooking


Fruity Couscous Salad with Tomatillo Sauce | Playful Cooking


I absolutely enjoy making couscous salad. It’s always quick, easy to prepare and works as a perfect vehicle to carry the flavor of your choice. This time, I added some fruits like mangoes and grapes, cucumbers for the crunch and couple handful of roughly chopped cilantro for the aroma and color. One doesn’t need an approximate measurement for a dish such as this. Just trust your taste buds and go with what it asks for.

Couscous salad is best prepared in advance. A couple hours of resting time blends the flavor beautifully, making it tastier.

Fruity Couscous Salad with Tomatillo Sauce | Playful Cooking

Fruity Couscous Salad With Tomatillo Sauce

Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes


for tomatillo sauce

  • 3 medium size tomatillos, roughly chopped
  • 2 green chilies, roughly chopped
  • ¼ cup fresh mint, roughly chopped
  • ¼ cup yogurt
  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • salt
  • pepper

for the salad

  • 1- cup couscous
  • 2 cucumbers cut into bite size
  • 2 mangoes cut into bite size
  • 1 cup green grapes, roughly chopped
  • big bunch of cilantro, roughly chopped


for tomatillo sauce

  1. Add everything in blender, give it a mix and the sauce is ready. Season with salt and pepper.

for the salad

  1. In a saucepan, boil 1-1/4 cup of water with 1/2-tablespoon salt.
  2. Once the water is boiled, drop the couscous, turn off the heat and cover the saucepan. Let it rest for 5 minutes.
  3. Once done, fluff it with a fork and pour it in a salad bowl. Now, add chopped cucumber, mangoes and grapes. Feel free to add any other veggie or fruit of your choice. Pour the sauce and give it a good mix. Finally, add the roughly chopped cilantro and give another mix. Taste for salt and add any, if required.
  4. Serve immediately or allow it to rest for couple hours for the flavor to blend better.

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  • Laura (Tutti Dolci)
    Laura (Tutti Dolci)
    June 7, 2015 at 5:05 PM

    I love this summery salad, perfect for when it’s too hot to cook!

  • Edlyn
    June 7, 2015 at 10:17 PM

    Wow! For a first-time tomatillo user you did a smashing job. Love the flavours of mango and cilantro together. The addition of cucumber and grapes must have taken it to a whole new level I would love to make this at home. I’ll let you know if I do.

  • joey @ 80 breakfasts
    joey @ 80 breakfasts
    June 7, 2015 at 11:03 PM

    This looks and sounds amazing! I have never tried tomatillo before…over here we can’t really get them 🙂 But I definitely agree with the versatility and deliciousness of couscous salads!

  • Abbe @ This is How I
    Abbe @ This is How I
    June 8, 2015 at 10:54 AM

    I love tomatillos and have them growing in my backyard. They reseed quite readily and now I have another great recipe to use them with. Thanks for this great twist on a tabouli type salad!

  • Sarah @ SnixyKitchen
    Sarah @ SnixyKitchen
    June 8, 2015 at 11:09 PM

    This couscous salad looks like it’s packed with flavors – I love these photos too. Such pretty styling:)

  • angiesrecipes
    June 9, 2015 at 11:40 AM

    The best couscous salad I have ever seen! I must try that tomatillo sauce.

  • Marie Anderson
    Marie Anderson
    June 22, 2015 at 3:14 AM

    Beautiful shot. It would be amazing if you could do a blog write up on how you put together the backgrounds for your shots….they are so beautiful and inspiring.

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