Halloumi with chickpea salsa & couscous

Halloumi with chickpea salsa & couscous

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Prep: 15 mins Cook: 5 mins


Serves 4
This stunning salad is quick, vegetarian and packed with flavour

Nutrition and extra info

  • Vegetarian

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal489
  • fat27g
  • saturates11g
  • carbs44g
  • sugars3g
  • fibre3g
  • protein21g
  • salt2.79g
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  • 250g couscous



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

  • 250ml hot vegetable stock
  • 400g can chickpeas, drained
  • 140g cherry tomato, halved
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
    olive oil

    Olive oil

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    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • 3 tbsp sherry vinegar or red wine vinegar
  • 1 red chilli, ½ deseeded and finely chopped, ½ sliced
  • small bunch each mint and coriander leaves, chopped



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

  • 250g pack halloumi cheese, thickly sliced


  1. Put the couscous in a bowl and pour over the hot stock. Cover with cling film, leave to stand and swell for 10 mins.

  2. Make the salsa by mixing the chickpeas with the tomatoes, half the oil and vinegar, the finely chopped chillies and some of the chopped herbs. Season and arrange between 4 serving plates.

  3. Heat a griddle pan or frying pan. Fry the halloumi for 2-3 mins each side, until golden and lightly charred. Fluff up the couscous with a fork and mix in the rest of the oil, vinegar and herbs with some seasoning. Pile onto the plates next to the salsa and top with the warm halloumi. Garnish with the sliced chillies.

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Comments (11)

marinaveiga87's picture

Delicious and easy, all the flavours combined to make a refreshing meal. I quicky fried off some chicken and had it with the salad.

becskr's picture

Loved this recipe, so tasty. I added a few olives and some roasted peppers to the couscous too.

mildura's picture

Great summer recipe!
It's possible to buy vegetarian halloumi. Like BBCgoodfood, i assume (as a vegetarian myself) that people are capable of checking the ingredients list before buying cheese. They really shouldn't need to point it out.

helen81's picture

This was just delicious, we added squeeze of half a lemon!! YUMO

dylan0908's picture

Quick and easy, made with salmon. Awesome :)

harebell22's picture

What sort of rennet is used in halloumi cheese. I hope it's not calf's?

provene's picture

The cous cous salad is so light and delicious. Really tasty. I didn't have any fresh mint so improvised with a little mint sauce, which seemed to work well. We had this with the satay pork chops (also on this site) instead of the halloumi cheese as I wanted something I could cook which I already had all the ingredients for. It made plenty and I have some for lunch at work tomorrow. Yum!

edwardsgj's picture

really tasty, didn't have any fresh mint so squeezed some out of a tube and it tasted great.

kellyesue's picture

Perfect, simple, great for dinner parties or for weeknights. I've made it loads now.

sbradley's picture

Apart from the salsa, I didn't really feel this was a recipe but I made it for myself for tea tonight and it was delicious. It was easy to make for one and I will be making it again. If you like chickpeas and couscous I can recommend it.

twinkle48's picture

Made with a jar of sun dried tomatoes as I was out of fresh, really tasty and so quick.

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