10-minute couscous salad

10-minute couscous salad

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


  • 2 tbsp toasted pine nuts


  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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15th Aug, 2014
love this!!! a must try.
14th Aug, 2014
Really simple and nice. Used roasted pumkin and sunflower seeds instead of pine nuts.
5th Aug, 2014
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!
25th Jul, 2014
Tasty, filling and easy to make. Love it.
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30th Apr, 2014
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.
26th Mar, 2014
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!
13th Mar, 2014
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!
15th Oct, 2013
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!
6th Jul, 2013
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!
10th Jun, 2013
What a fantastic recipe - lovely new spin on couscous


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