Spicy couscous salad

Spicy couscous salad

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(12 ratings)

Prep: 10 mins

Easy

Serves 2
This can be made as a main-dish salad (great for lunchboxes) or as a side dish for roast lamb

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal317
  • fat12g
  • saturates1g
  • carbs41g
  • sugars4g
  • fibre5g
  • protein14g
  • salt1.14g
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Ingredients

  • 100g couscous
    Couscous

    Couscous

    koos-koos

    Consisting of many tiny granules made from steamed and dried durum wheat, couscous has become a…

  • 220g can chickpea, rinsed and drained
  • 100ml hot chicken stock
  • zest and juice 1 lemon
    Lemon

    Lemon

    le-mon

    Oval in shape, with a pronouced bulge on one end, lemons are one of the most versatile fruits…

  • 1 roasted red pepper, chopped
  • 25g flaked toasted almonds
    Almond

    Almond

    arr-mund or al-mund

    Sweet almonds have a subtle fragrance that lends itself well to baking and also works well with…

  • handful mint leaves, chopped
    Mint

    Mint

    mi-nt

    There are several types of mint, each with its own subtle difference in flavour and appearance.…

  • 2 tbsp natural Greek yogurt
  • 1 tsp harissa
    Harissa

    Harissa

    ha-riss-ah

    This hot, aromatic paste made from chilli and assorted other spices and herbs is spicy and…

Method

  1. Tip the couscous and chickpeas into a bowl and pour over the stock. Cover and leave for 5-10 mins until the couscous has absorbed the stock. Allow to cool a little. Toss through the lemon zest and juice, pepper, almonds and mint. Spoon into a container, then top with the yogurt and a drizzle of harissa.

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catherine2501
2nd May, 2015
3.8
As other reviewers i roasted my own pepper. Also only added half of the lemon juice as recommended, definitely wouldn't need more. Also stirred harissa through. Lovely tasty recipe for lunches or side dish, will be making again.
lauramilne
7th Jul, 2014
Great fast day summer recipe!
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rosievimes
11th Feb, 2014
3.8
I'm a huge fan of this recipe, its quick and simple to make, and has lots of big flavours. I often make double the quantity to make sure that there's some left over for my lunch box. I also roast some tomatoes along with the pepper as couscous can be a little dry in vast large quantities. Highly recommend it!
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gfnatalie
19th Jul, 2012
@Betty- Thanks for pointing out that this recipe includes chicken stock therefore has been mislabelled as 'vegetarian'. I've now amended the tag. Sorry about that. All the best, BBC Good Food web team
veggiereally
12th Jul, 2012
well this isn't vegetarian is it...
lizleicester
17th Jun, 2012
4.05
Tried the Falafel Salad version and it was very tasty. Served it with Goan spiced chicken and really enjoyed the lovely flavours.
mrsnoonoo
7th Mar, 2011
4.05
Very good - having the yoghurt was good idea - sometimes find couscous a little dry but this made a difference. Served it with the lamb koftas (also on this website) went down a storm.
ngowanlock
5th Jan, 2011
I made this using vegetable stock, I think the recipe would have been really nice if it was not completely over powered by the juice of 1 lemon I would suggest much less lemon juice!
philanndavies
25th Sep, 2010
I am about to try this dish couldanyone advise how I make harrisa couscus?
rachael01
12th Aug, 2009
Have made this a couple of times now - it's a light dish for a hot day and I usually have all the ingredients in. I use lime instead of lemon and added spring onions at the end. Like Belkey I roasted my own pepper and left out the almonds as I don't like them. Served with spinach leaves or whatever salad leaves I had in the fridge. My 2 year old eats more of it everytime I make it.

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