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Summer couscous salad

Summer couscous salad

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(92 ratings)

Cook: 40 mins

Easy

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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Ingredients

  • 250g couscous
    Couscous

    Couscous

    koos-koos

    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
    Courgette

    Courgette

    corr-zjet

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

  • 300g small vine-ripened tomatoes, halved
    Tomato

    Tomato

    toe-mart-oh

    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
    Mint

    Mint

    mi-nt

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

  • ½ tsp sugar
    Sugar

    Sugar

    shuh-ga

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

Method

  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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Jennabean
15th Jul, 2013
This was so yummy! I added chicken and red onions to it too and it was delicious, clean plates all round :)
jobarr
13th Jul, 2013
I've made a couple of times now. Missed out chickpeas - didn't remember first time and was good without, so left out again. Used red onion,tomatoes, courgette and pepper first time. Switched aubergine for courgette the second - all good. Having read comments, I changed dressing - less oil, abt 50ml, 2 tbsp lime/lemon juice and 1 clove garlic. Still used 1/2 tsp sugar. Have used mix of basil and mint and just basil - both good. Really tasty. I roasted veg, so probably a bit of extra oil from that. Used halloumi both times - grilled on griddle pan - and served with chicken and new/jacket potatoes. This has converted my previously non couscous eating husband - he says the dressing makes the difference. Leftovers are great for lunch.
mrsjamtart
11th Jul, 2013
really nice summer recipe - used tenderstem broccoli as i don't like courgette, and found 2 garlic cloves to be a bit too much in the dressing but otherwise delicious!
bluebell1811
8th Jul, 2013
Really liked this. Added sugar snap peas, some broccoli florets and asparagus and cut out the halloumi and it was really nice. Didn't use the dressing though. Made it as instructed but just didn't like the taste, so we made something else instead. But otherwise, we really liked it.
mavrakakis
31st May, 2013
5.05
I tend to include aubergines as well as courgettes which makes cooking time a little longer, but its worth it. A hit with everyone!
Richb437
30th May, 2013
5.05
Very nice. Loved it. First time we had Halloumi. The cheese can be switched with feta I suppose... This would be good with chicken too...
winnann
26th May, 2013
4.05
Enjoyed this for lunch with veggie friends who commented it was tasty. Served with jaket with jacket potatoes it makes a large portion.
winnann
26th May, 2013
4.05
Enjoyed this for lunch with veggie friends who commented it was tasty. Served with jaket with jacket potatoes it makes a large portion.
deeanne23
8th May, 2013
5.05
LOVE this! My favourite meal of the moment!
sarahw1986
7th May, 2013
5.05
Delicious summer recipe, we had with chicken rather than cheese and it was so tasty

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