Summer couscous salad

Summer couscous salad

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(95 ratings)

Cook: 40 mins


Serves 4

A Middle Eastern treat, ready in minutes

Nutrition and extra info

  • Easily doubled / halved
  • Vegetarian

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal721
  • fat50g
  • saturates14g
  • carbs47g
  • sugars1g
  • fibre4g
  • protein23g
  • salt2.86g
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  • 250g couscous



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

  • 250ml vegetable stock, boiling
  • 400g can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1-2 tbsp vegetable or olive oil
    olive oil

    Olive oil

    ol-iv oyl

    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • 300g courgette, sliced on the slant



    The courgette is a variety of cucurtbit, which means it's from the same family as cucumber,…

  • 300g small vine-ripened tomatoes, halved



    A member of the nightshade family (along with aubergines, peppers and chillies), tomatoes are in…

  • 250g pack halloumi cheese, thickly sliced and then halved lengthways

For the dressing

  • 125ml olive oil
    olive oil

    Olive oil

    ol-iv oyl

    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • 3 tbsp lime juice
  • 2 large garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh mint



    There are several types of mint, each with its own subtle difference in flavour and appearance.…

  • ½ tsp sugar



    Honey and syrups made from concentrated fruit juice were the earliest known sweeteners. Today,…


  1. Tip the couscous into a bowl, pour the boiling stock over and mix well with a fork. Cover with a plate and leave for 4 minutes. Meanwhile, tip all the dressing ingredients into a bowl and mix well. Fluff up the couscous with a fork, stir in the chickpeas and follow with half the dressing. Mix well and pile on to a large serving dish.

  2. Heat 1 tbsp oil in a large frying pan and fry the courgette slices over a high heat for 2-3 minutes until dark golden brown. Lift out on to kitchen paper. Now put the tomatoes cut-side down into the pan, and cook for another couple of minutes until tinged brown on the underside. Top the couscous with the courgettes and then the tomatoes.

  3. If the pan is dry, pour in a little more oil and heat it up, then add the halloumi strips and fry for 2-3 minutes, turning them over from time to time, until crisp and sizzled brown. Pile on top of the tomatoes, and drizzle with the remaining dressing. Serve as soon as possible.

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1st Jul, 2014
Absolutely lovely. Even my meat crazy husband thought it was good. I added lentils instead of chickpeas and pepper and onion
30th Jun, 2014
This recipe has become a summer staple in our house. It has everything I want in a dish: lots of veggies, not too many calories, mostly good fats (from the olive oil) and packed with flavour. Tips: - You can easily use more courgette & tomatoes. Both will make the dish juicier, offsetting the couscous & chickpeas which can be a bit dry on their own. - Doing this will also allow you to use less oil in the dressing if you want to cut the calories. You might also consider grilling rather than frying the courgette & halloumi.
18th Jun, 2014
Really delicious and fantastically easy. Didn't add the halloumi because the dish needed to be dairy free.
13th Jun, 2014
This is a delicious combination and very easy to do. Although slicing cherry tomatoes is a bit of a faff, it;s worth it.
3rd Jun, 2014
Totally delicious and insanely easy. I made it with quinoa as a healthier option and ditched the stock to lower the salt. Super tasty and quinoa gave it a great texture.
16th Jan, 2014
brilliant recipe! it is my go to salad when in a hurry as always know its going to turn out great and taste Delicious. such a nice dressing!
8th Jan, 2014
Highly recommend this recipe. I've made it for bbqs and lunches. Always goes down a treat!
7th Dec, 2013
Great recipe highly recommended! everything that you love in a salad in one pot and I adored the halumi :)
15th Oct, 2013
This is delicious! I have made this a few times now and look forward to it every time. It's so moreish and the flavours are out of this world. It's one of my favourites by far.
9th Oct, 2013
this salad got such high ratings i had to make it, especially since im trying so hard to lose weight. just made it a few minutes ago, but didnt have any halloumi or chickpeas so subbed with homemade fried chicken strips. am so disappointed, its really nothing to rave about at all. i even spiced it up with red chilli and powdered cumin, but its still dull and forgettable. apart from tabbouli i find that couscous generally tends to disappoint me, and my kids refuse to eat it. each to his own i guess. the quest for the perfect salad continues.


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