Summer couscous salad

Summer couscous salad

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Cooking time

Cook: 40 mins

Skill level

Easy

Servings

Serves 4

A Middle Eastern treat, ready in minutes

Nutrition and extra info

Additional info

  • Easily doubled / halved
  • Vegetarian
Nutrition info

Nutrition per serving

kcalories
721
protein
23g
carbs
47g
fat
50g
saturates
14g
fibre
4g
sugar
1g
salt
2.86g

Ingredients

  • 250g couscous
  • 250ml vegetable stock, boiling
  • 400g can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1-2 tbsp vegetable or olive oil
  • 300g courgettes, sliced on the slant
  • 300g small vine-ripened tomatoes, halved
  • 250g pack halloumi cheese, thickly sliced and then halved lengthways

For the dressing

  • 125ml olive oil
  • 3 tbsp lime juice
  • 2 large garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh mint
  • ½ tsp sugar

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Method

  1. Tip the couscous into a bowl, pour the boiling stock over and mix well with a fork. Cover with a plate and leave for 4 minutes. Meanwhile, tip all the dressing ingredients into a bowl and mix well. Fluff up the couscous with a fork, stir in the chickpeas and follow with half the dressing. Mix well and pile on to a large serving dish.
  2. Heat 1 tbsp oil in a large frying pan and fry the courgette slices over a high heat for 2-3 minutes until dark golden brown. Lift out on to kitchen paper. Now put the tomatoes cut-side down into the pan, and cook for another couple of minutes until tinged brown on the underside. Top the couscous with the courgettes and then the tomatoes.
  3. If the pan is dry, pour in a little more oil and heat it up, then add the halloumi strips and fry for 2-3 minutes, turning them over from time to time, until crisp and sizzled brown. Pile on top of the tomatoes, and drizzle with the remaining dressing. Serve as soon as possible.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, June 2003

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youngedck123's picture

brilliant recipe! it is my go to salad when in a hurry as always know its going to turn out great and taste Delicious. such a nice dressing!

jamisondiane's picture

Highly recommend this recipe. I've made it for bbqs and lunches. Always goes down a treat!

youngedck123's picture

Great recipe highly recommended! everything that you love in a salad in one pot and I adored the halumi :)

brieandgrape's picture
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This is delicious! I have made this a few times now and look forward to it every time. It's so moreish and the flavours are out of this world. It's one of my favourites by far.

freshcream's picture

this salad got such high ratings i had to make it, especially since im trying so hard to lose weight. just made it a few minutes ago, but didnt have any halloumi or chickpeas so subbed with homemade fried chicken strips. am so disappointed, its really nothing to rave about at all. i even spiced it up with red chilli and powdered cumin, but its still dull and forgettable. apart from tabbouli i find that couscous generally tends to disappoint me, and my kids refuse to eat it. each to his own i guess. the quest for the perfect salad continues.

goldie3's picture
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Delicious as it is, and is a great accompaniment with a BBQ. Everyone loves it. I can't stop eating it every time I go to the fridge! Leftovers still taste great the next day.

Jennabean's picture

This was so yummy! I added chicken and red onions to it too and it was delicious, clean plates all round :)

jobarr's picture

I've made a couple of times now. Missed out chickpeas - didn't remember first time and was good without, so left out again. Used red onion,tomatoes, courgette and pepper first time. Switched aubergine for courgette the second - all good. Having read comments, I changed dressing - less oil, abt 50ml, 2 tbsp lime/lemon juice and 1 clove garlic. Still used 1/2 tsp sugar. Have used mix of basil and mint and just basil - both good. Really tasty. I roasted veg, so probably a bit of extra oil from that. Used halloumi both times - grilled on griddle pan - and served with chicken and new/jacket potatoes. This has converted my previously non couscous eating husband - he says the dressing makes the difference. Leftovers are great for lunch.

mrsjamtart's picture

really nice summer recipe - used tenderstem broccoli as i don't like courgette, and found 2 garlic cloves to be a bit too much in the dressing but otherwise delicious!

bluebell1811's picture

Really liked this. Added sugar snap peas, some broccoli florets and asparagus and cut out the halloumi and it was really nice. Didn't use the dressing though. Made it as instructed but just didn't like the taste, so we made something else instead. But otherwise, we really liked it.

mavrakakis's picture
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I tend to include aubergines as well as courgettes which makes cooking time a little longer, but its worth it. A hit with everyone!

Richb437's picture
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Very nice. Loved it. First time we had Halloumi.

The cheese can be switched with feta I suppose...
This would be good with chicken too...

winnann's picture
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Enjoyed this for lunch with veggie friends who commented it was tasty. Served with jaket with jacket potatoes it makes a large portion.

winnann's picture
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Enjoyed this for lunch with veggie friends who commented it was tasty. Served with jaket with jacket potatoes it makes a large portion.

deeanne23's picture
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LOVE this! My favourite meal of the moment!

sarahw1986's picture
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Delicious summer recipe, we had with chicken rather than cheese and it was so tasty

brieandgrape's picture
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This is a really tasty dish, absolutely love it,

carpetgerbil's picture
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This is a firm favourite for me and my husband. I make two changes, though: instead of tomatoes I always use those large, long pointed sweet red peppers, either grilled or fried with skin removed, and when serving add a nice big dob of natural yoghurt.

eyupitsemily's picture
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This was absolutely gorgeous! I drizzled a little chili oil over the couscous to give it a bit of a kick, my boyfriend, who is usually very hard to please and a big meat-eater asked if I can cook this every day! Lovely summery meal.

hairybloke's picture
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Delicious. Very filling as well. I added a yellow pepper to the courgettes which worked very well. Will definitely do this again.

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