10-minute couscous salad

10-minute couscous salad

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(84 ratings)

Prep: 10 mins


Serves 2
This makes a great lunchbox filler for a day out and is equally good at home from the fridge

Nutrition and extra info

  • Vegetarian


  • kcal327
  • fat17g
  • saturates5g
  • carbs33g
  • sugars7g
  • fibre2g
  • protein13g
  • salt0.88g
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  • 100g couscous



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

  • 200ml hot low salt vegetable stock (from a cube is fine)
  • 2 spring onion
    Spring onions

    Spring onion

    sp-ring un-yun

    Also known as scallions or green onions, spring onions are in fact very young onions, harvested…

  • 1 red pepper
  • ½ cucumber
  • 50g feta cheese, cubed
  • 2 tbsp pesto



    Pesto is a generic Italian name for any sauce made by pounding ingredients together.


  • 2 tbsp toasted pine nut


  1. Tip couscous into a large bowl, pour over stock. Cover, then leave for 10 mins, until fluffy and all the stock has been absorbed. Meanwhile, slice the onions and pepper and dice the cucumber. Add these to the couscous, fork through pesto, crumble in feta, then sprinkle over pine nuts to serve.

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Comments (82)

sammie7649's picture

Amazing!! I chopped up some cherry tomatoes, beetroot and avocado and added them, and served with a wholemeal pitta bread. Also only used 100ml of stock. Delicious quick lunch!!

catie74's picture

I roast the pepper and add lots of parsley. I also prefer chicken stock

KotrynaM's picture

Very delicious and easy to make. Just made small adjustments - less red pepper and more cheese. Very good!

Mamakooka's picture

I made this for our evening supper on Christmas day. It went down a storm, my ten year old loved it (surprised me!) and my brother said it was the nicest couscous he'd ever had. Really simple and very tasty.

Annie17's picture

A really simple, tasty recipe. Did anyone else think 200ml of liquid was too much for the couscous though? I will use a little less next time.

nbeat's picture

Love this recipe. Great as a side salad for a BBQ or occasion, or as a meal on its own. Tend to make a double batch for lunch boxes etc. Made for a few family gatherings and always goes down well.

emzypops86's picture

love this!!! a must try.

anetak1980's picture

Really simple and nice. Used roasted pumkin and sunflower seeds instead of pine nuts.

minibear's picture

Really delicious!! I used quinoa as I'm gluten intolerant, used chicken stock & added sliced, marinated chicken breasts. So good, will definitely be making again!

katejscott's picture

Tasty, filling and easy to make. Love it.

rosievimes's picture

Love this simple salad, it's quick to make and full of flavour. We substituted mozarella for the feta and it worked just as well. Definitely a recipe to keep.

ErinH-M's picture

This is my all-time favorite salad! I make it in a much larger batch and replace the pine nuts with cashews to save a bit of money, plus I love cashews. When I serve it with grilled chicken, I cook extra chicken and cut it up later and add it to the salad for leftovers. It makes for a quick and easy meal in a bowl. My 1 year-old can't get enough of this salad!

rosy11's picture

Very tasty! I made it with Israeli (pearl) couscous instead which worked well...added a few cherry tomatoes cut in half, extra pine nuts and feta (200g!) and a drizzle of olive oil and lemon at the end. Really delicious!

paulaq's picture

Yum, made this for my 13 year old daughter who loves couscous and will do it for packed school lunch, as an alternative to boring sandwiches now and again. Didn't have the feta and used mild onions as didn't have the spring onion either and it tasted delicious. Great for getting some of those healthy ingredients into a teenager!

pestomash's picture

Easy to make and very tasty. My teenage son he loves his food, but doesn't usually enthuse over it as he did this dish!

rachelmmarsh's picture

What a fantastic recipe - lovely new spin on couscous

angelab3000's picture

Wow, totally easy to prepare. Very refreshing, and tasty. Will definitely be making again! A xxx

martushka81's picture

This salad is perfect when you are looking to lose weight. A very light, easy and yummy. Great for busy parents! Next time will try add red chilli and lemon juice.

rmew100's picture

I absolutely love this recipie and make it every Summer. I have made some modifications over the years - I don't use spring onions and I add some sliced Queen olives as I love the taste of these. It is brilliant as a side dish at a BBQ and a very welcome variation for vegetarians.

abcdefghijord's picture

I make this most weeks! I add a bit of rocket in too which really complements the couscous.
Such a good recipe to add to fish or chicken. We love it!


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