10-minute couscous salad

10-minute couscous salad

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Prep: 10 mins

Easy

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

Nutrition:

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

Ingredients

  • 100g couscous
    Couscous

    Couscous

    koos-koos

    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 onions
    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

    Pesto

    Pess-toh

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

    The…

  • 2 tbsp toasted pine nuts

Method

  1. Tip the couscous into a large bowl and pour over the 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 the pesto, crumble in the feta, then sprinkle over pine nuts to serve.

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falesia
28th Jun, 2020
5.05
Never thought to use pesto as a salad ingredient before, but this worlks really well. I added a few glugs of olive oil as it was a bit stiff, and some garlic and black pepper. Omitted the pine nuts as they cost an arm and a leg, and used roasted salted peanuts instead, which worked fine. Thanks, a really nice easy recipe.
Aaron_H02
15th Jun, 2020
5.05
Tastes great and is super easy to make.
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Ann Ball
10th Jun, 2020
Does it keep for a few hours?
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falesia
28th Jun, 2020
5.05
I made mine three hours ahead, deliberately, to let the flavours blend. I didn't refrigerate it either.
junesb
16th Apr, 2020
My go to salad for years. So adaptable. Add raw chopped courgettes, chopped tomatoes, green olives, use pumpkin or sunflower seeds. Add rocket or watercress... leave out cucumber.. whatever - it just works!
Claire995
7th Mar, 2019
5.05
Super easy and super yummy lunch recipe to take to work! I also put cherry tomato in it and lots more pesto.
hollyspencer
22nd Jul, 2018
5.05
Made this for dinner tonight with some grilled chicken on the side and it was delish! Followed recipe exactly, easy and quick.
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tillyfloss80
11th Jul, 2017
4.05
Looks lovely, very tasty and a doddle to make!
RosieCu
19th Jun, 2017
5.05
Love this. I usually use a whole tub of fresh pesto so more than in the recipe. I also do a mix of bulgar wheat and cous cous and I use firm goats cheese instead of feta.
sammie7649
31st Oct, 2016
5.05
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!!

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