10-minute couscous salad

10-minute couscous salad

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(143 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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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
6th Jun, 2013
Wow, totally easy to prepare. Very refreshing, and tasty. Will definitely be making again! A xxx
9th May, 2013
This salad is perfect when you are looking to lose weight. A very light, easy and yummy. Great for busy parents! Next time will try add red chilli and lemon juice.
29th Apr, 2013
I absolutely love this recipie and make it every Summer. I have made some modifications over the years - I don't use spring onions and I add some sliced Queen olives as I love the taste of these. It is brilliant as a side dish at a BBQ and a very welcome variation for vegetarians.
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22nd Feb, 2013
I make this most weeks! I add a bit of rocket in too which really complements the couscous. Such a good recipe to add to fish or chicken. We love it!
29th Jan, 2013
Simple, fast and tasty. Doubled the quantity of Feta.


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