Jewelled couscous

Jewelled couscous

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(6 ratings)

Prep: 12 mins Plus soaking no cook


Serves 8 - 10
Serve your grain with cucumber, apricot, peppers, olives and tomatoes then drizzle with lemon-infused oil for a mellow finish

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable
  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan

Nutrition: per serving (10)

  • kcal249
  • fat7g
  • saturates1g
  • carbs40g
  • sugars20g
  • fibre6g
  • protein6g
  • salt0.7g
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  • 400g couscous



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

  • 2 tbsp lemon-infused oil
  • 500g soft dried apricot, chopped
  • 1 cucumber, deseeded and chopped
  • 1 large yellow pepper, deseeded and chopped
  • 140g pitted black olive, chopped
  • 140g sundried tomato, chopped
  • small bunch parsley, chopped



    One of the most ubiquitous herbs in British cookery, parsley is also popular in European and…

  • 12 cherry tomatoes, halved


  1. Place the couscous in a bowl and cover with 700ml boiling water. Cover with cling film and leave for 10 mins, until all the liquid has been absorbed.

  2. Pour over the oil and some seasoning, mix and fluff up the couscous with a fork.

  3. Gently stir through the remaining ingredients and serve.

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17th Jun, 2017
I've just made this for a BBQ party so followed the recipe using the same quantities. Firstly there are far too many apricots in this so I wonder if it's a mistake in the recipe? I would halve the quantity next time as apart from being too sweet and overpowering it took an age to snip them all! The lemon oil is lovely but we couldn't really taste it so I would add more. The rest of the ingredients really make the dish and it tastes delicious (well it did once I'd picked out some of the apricot on my plate!!)
7th Aug, 2014
Good recipe, far superior to supermarket salads. I didn't have lemon infused oil so used lime juice as I had one, left out peppers as OH doesn't like them, but all other ingredients the same and blow me I had them all at home! I added fresh ground black pepper. I made about a quarter of the quantities, enough for a side for two.
mamma mia
3rd Jun, 2014
Fabulous receipe although I reduced the amount of dried apricots to 300g as too sweet for me; also used fresh baby plum tomatoes rather than sun-dried as prefer the fresher taste; its an adaptable receipe much recommended
22nd Apr, 2014
It gave me great quinces, and the recipe that I am not happy, I am very grabs! thank you in advance I board a good recipe already dealt a site like this http://le-couscous-marocain.blogspot.com
22nd Apr, 2014
It gave me great quinces, and the recipe that I am not happy, I am very grabs! thank you in advance I board a good recipe already dealt a site like this http://le-couscous-marocain.blogspot.co
3rd Nov, 2013
Really easy, quick and yummy. Works well with lamb. Have cooked it with sea bass and substituted the apricots for feta. Would recommend more olive oil though.
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