Summer couscous salad

Summer couscous salad

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
(87 ratings)

Cook: 40 mins


Serves 4
A Middle Eastern treat, ready in minutes

Nutrition and extra info

  • Easily doubled / halved
  • Vegetarian

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal721
  • fat50g
  • saturates14g
  • carbs47g
  • sugars1g
  • fibre4g
  • protein23g
  • salt2.86g
Save to My Good Food
Please sign in or register to save recipes.


  • 250g couscous



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

  • 250ml vegetable stock, boiling
  • 400g can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1-2 tbsp vegetable or olive oil
    olive oil

    Olive oil

    ol-iv oyl

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

  • 300g courgette, sliced on the slant



    The courgette is a variety of cucurtbit, which means it's from the same family as cucumber,…

  • 300g small vine-ripened tomatoes, halved



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

  • 250g pack halloumi cheese, thickly sliced and then halved lengthways

For the dressing

  • 125ml olive oil
    olive oil

    Olive oil

    ol-iv oyl

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

  • 3 tbsp lime juice
  • 2 large garlic clove, finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh mint



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

  • ½ tsp sugar



    Honey and syrups made from concentrated fruit juice were the earliest known sweeteners. Today,…


  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.

Ads by Google

Comments, questions and tips

Sign in or create your My Good Food account to join the discussion.

Comments (91)

lourolls01's picture

This has potential but we all agreed that this was far too oily. I left out some of the oil but it was still too much. I also added harissa paste which gave it an extra kick & used chicken for my partner as he doesn't like halloumi. Will make it again but use less oil next time.

pppastry's picture

Great recipe and really simple.

rachel_rocco's picture

Have made this twice now and will continue to do so, its lovely! I add roasted peppers and red onions and leave out the tomatoes.

vcrovato's picture

I make a very similar recipe, I use courgettes as well as yellow peppers and aubergines and I fry them until soft. I like the mix of colours and I find the aubergines satisfy even the non-veggies . I also add pinenuts and grill the halloumi instead of frying it.
I don't normally use the dressing but will give it a try as I love anything with lemon!

berryt's picture

have made this numerous times - always popular with friends, and a good dish to share

nafarros's picture

This is absolutely delicious and easy to make. Shall make it time and time again.

marie-antoinette's picture

This recipe is fabulous-I cook this on a regular basis and even got my mum hooked on it (and she never used to like couscous!) I pan-fried some chopped red onions, green peppers as well as the courgettes....also a bit of chilli (1 chopped/teaspoon of chilli powder) gives it a real kick!

PollyChelsea's picture

Made this last night for the umpteenth time, a real favourite in our house, I don't even get the usual complaints of 'no meat?' My tip is to put the sliced courgettes in a plastic bag with a drizzle of olive oil, mix well and then place them on a baking tray in a very hot oven for about 10 minutes, they don't even need turning over if the oven is hot enough, the toms go in for about five minutes. It saves all that messing about with a frying pan. Enjoy!

etlmasr's picture

Great recipe! Add a teaspoon of harissa to the stock when making the couscous for a little extra zing.

stephsmum's picture

Delicious! I made this for the first time today,I halved the ingredients as I was only making it for two of us, but wished I hadn't as I would have loved to take the leftovers to work for lunch. Will be making it again and again.

muffyrat's picture

delicious, everyone loved this

monroe's picture

This was a great recipe and went down well with the whole family. Tasted great as a packed lunch the next day too. Will definatley be making again

louisa_holbrook's picture

This was really very nice, but I made it with a wider variety of summer veggies - pepper, aubergine and red onion along with the courgettes and tomatoes, and omitted the chick peas. I roasted these in a hot oven for 40 mins, then combined with the couscous, fried halloumi and dressing. Delicious on a summer evening with a glass of chilled rose!

stevebirkbeck's picture

Really easy and the kids loved it

roanna_477's picture

This was amazing! So tasty! I had my parents over for Sunday lunch in the garden, we had this with roast chicken and it was a really nice combination. Will definately be having it again!

madeleineyoung's picture

This was really delicious. I served it as part of a barbecue and there would have been enough for eight. Looking forward to the leftovers today!

abibradley's picture

I absolutely love this recipe, I've had it 3 times this week already. I added some aubergine as well which worked really well.

ilovefood2's picture

I have made this time and time again - it is now one of my all time favourites.

squidgy69's picture

Love this recipe, it has become a firm favourite in our house.

prasmichhotmail's picture

This is a great additional recipe when you've got extra guests coming at short notice ! I find using a griddle pan ensures you get that summer alfresco taste and you also use less oil.


Questions (0)

Unsure about the cooking time or want to swap an ingredient? Ask us your questions and we’ll try and help you as soon as possible. Or if you want to offer a solution to another user’s question, feel free to get involved…

Be the first to ask a question about this recipe…

Tips (1)

Got your own twist on this recipe? Or do you have suggestions for possible swaps and additions? We’d love to hear your ideas.

Be the first to suggest a tip for this recipe…