Tomato & mozzarella couscous salad

Tomato & mozzarella couscous salad

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Prep: 10 mins - 15 mins


Serves 4
Keep some couscous in your cupboard as a stand-by, it's ready in minutes

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal363
  • fat22g
  • saturates7g
  • carbs32g
  • sugars0g
  • fibre1g
  • protein13g
  • salt1.02g
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  • 1 teacup (about 225g/8oz) couscous



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

  • 1 tbsp pesto (red or green will be fine)



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


  • ½ vegetable stock cube
  • 150g pack mozzarella, torn into pieces
  • 2 large tomato, chopped



    A member of the nightshade family (along with aubergines, peppers and chillies), tomatoes are in…

  • handful rocket or other salad leaves



    Rocket is a very 'English' leaf, and has been used in salads since Elizabethan times. It…

For the dressing

  • 4 tbsp olive oil

    Olive oil

    ol-iv oyl

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

  • 1 tbsp pesto (red or green)



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


  • juice 1 lemon



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


  1. Tip the couscous into a large bowl along with the pesto and crumble over the stock cube. Pour over 2 teacups (about 400ml/14fl oz) boiling water and give it a good stir to dissolve the stock. Cover with cling film and leave to stand for 10 mins until all the water has been absorbed.

  2. To make the dressing, mix together the olive oil, pesto and lemon juice. When the couscous has swelled up, pour the dressing over and flake through with a fork, breaking up any clumps. Toss in the mozzarella, tomato and rocket, then serve.

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Comments (15)

yougotkegged's picture

Really lovely lunch dish - made it with roasted vegetable couscous from a pack (because that was all I had) and it was delicious.

griffinb's picture

i made this for a bbq yesterday. i didnt add the 2nd lot of pesto, there was enough already and i also mixed through torn basil leaves instead of rocket. i used those teeny tiny tomatoes, just cos they looked novel and even the most carnivorous party guests said they liked it.

flossie66's picture

Swapped the salad leaves for a handful of fresh basil instead which I tore up and forked through. Made it for a group of friends as part of a buffet and they, and my husband who has always said he disliked pesto, really loved it. I'm making it again this morning!

michelledown82's picture

Thoroughly enjoyed this dish, will now be part of my quick dish favourites and will cetainly be made again! Followed receipe, found ratio of ingredients perfect!

Frantic Flapjack's picture

This was absolutely lovely - the dressing was gorgeous.

charlotte1981's picture

Great for a BBQ and a good base to make other couscous salads. A firm favorite with our family xx

chops100's picture

Gah! Made schoolboy error and followed recipe ratio of water to cous cous as opposed to pack instructions. Made for very sloppy cous cous which killed the dish. Be warned. Flavour was good though!

msmoomum's picture

I used sun dried tomatoes instead of fresh and used the oil from the jar for the dressing. I felt there was too much lemon juice though, a squeeze is all it needs.

laurenwalker82's picture

Made a job lot for lunch, used sundried tomatos as didnt have any fresh. Also used fresh coriander as had no rocket. So delicious and the dressing makes it!

tracyvolz's picture

just made this for my supper, delicious and so easy to do, got plenty left over for lunch tomorrow. definately a dish i will make over and over again.

cosmosshow's picture

Super quick and easy to make! Tastes delicious! My favourite salad!

lamkilpatrick's picture

Easy, quick, tasty recipe, didn't use pesto or lemon as don't like these flavours. Used balsamic vinegar and olive oil, which tasted great with the tomatoes. Great as a quick meal for one, will make it again soon.

galwaygirly's picture

Can't believe something that is so simple and takes so little time to prepare can turn out so tasty. Made this for the first time yesterday evening and will definitely be making it again. Delicious!

tphotiou's picture

Lovely, flavoursome dish! I make this for lunch because it's quick to make the night before, healthy and very tasty the next day. I make it using green pesto but I don;t tend to add more pesto to the dressingbecause I find this overkill. A nice squeeze of lemon just before serving makes it very tasty though!! I make this all the time!

lisaj1981's picture

I love this. Simple to make yet makes all the difference to pork chops, grilled chicken and especially the barbeque.

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