10-minute couscous salad

10-minute couscous salad

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(144 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


  • 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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9th Oct, 2012
Love this. Used mint and toasted almonds flakes instead of pinenuts. Great with ciabatta and houmous for supper and loads left for lunchbox.
11th Aug, 2012
Everyone I've made this for has raved about it and my boyfriend insists we have it on a regular basis! As I don't like cheese, we have it without the feta but it's still packed with flavour and texture. I've never made anything so quick and easy that tastes so great!
22nd Jul, 2012
At last I have found an alternative to my usual cous cous salad. This is sooo tasty and a very nice side dish for our BBQ. I am looking forward to having the leftovers for my lunch tomorrow.
27th Jun, 2012
Absolutely a hit in the family! I made it today and everybody especially my dad loved it! I didn't have spring onion at the moment so I substituted it with chopped red onion, it worked fine!! Will definitely make it again, what a fresh and healthy summer dish!!
27th May, 2012
Really easy to do and really tasty. I made it with Quinoa instead of cous cous, as one of our guests was gluten intolerant. It worked really well.
3rd Apr, 2012
Very tasty receipe, first time of preparing couscous myself and it has inspired me to try more receipes. The ingredients work really well together!
2nd Mar, 2012
I love this recipe now, excellent for lunches.
16th Jan, 2012
This is so delicious! Full of everything I love, it tastes so nice, I can't wait to have it for lunch tomorrow~!
13th Jan, 2012
Fantastic ! Had no cucumber in so I replaced it with courgette briefly fried in some garlic infused olive oil also added about 4 sundries tomatoes finely chopped - a winter version ! . Everyone loved this - will make it again soon !
11th Jan, 2012
I could eat this all the time, it's so good. A friend made it for a barbecue and then I had to track down the recipe - I was hooked! I often add more peppers in (different colours) and other salad veg, depending on what I've got in the fridge.


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