Couscous salad

Couscous salad

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(26 ratings)

Prep: 15 mins Cook: 5 mins


Serves 4
Four easy steps to a perfect summer salad

Nutrition and extra info

  • Vegetarian


  • kcal460
  • fat25g
  • saturates12g
  • carbs41g
  • sugars5g
  • fibre2g
  • protein20g
  • salt3.58g
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  • 250g couscous



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

  • ½ vegetable stock cube
  • knob butter (about 1 tbsp)



    Butter is a dairy product made from separating whole milk or cream into fat and…

  • 240g pack halloumi cheese
  • ½ 142ml tub natural yogurt
  • 1-2 tsp harissa paste
  • 200g can chickpeas
  • 2 roasted red peppers (from a jar is fine)
  • 50g bag wild rocket



    Rocket is a very 'English' leaf, and has been used in salads since Elizabethan times. It…


  1. Tip the couscous into a large bowl. measure 400ml boiling water into a measuring jug and crumble in the stock cube. Add the butter and stir until the stock cube has dissolved and the butter melted. Pour over the couscous, then tightly cover with cling film. Leave for 10 mins until all the stock has been absorbed.

  2. Meanwhile, heat a large griddle or non-stick frying pan over medium heat. Cut the halloumi into ½cm-thick slices. When the pan is really hot (a drop of water will sizzle immediately), place the halloumi slices in the pan. Cook for 2-3 mins until charred and lightly golden. Use a fish slice to turn cheese and repeat on the other side. Cut the slices in half.

  3. Tip the yogurt into a small bowl. Mix in the harissa, a little at a time, until you’re happy with the flavour. Tip the chickpeas into a sieve and rinse under the cold tap. Drain any liquid from the peppers, scraping away any seeds and tear into chunks.

  4. Remove the cling film from the couscous and use a fork to fluff up the grains and break up any clumps. Mix in the chickpeas, peppers and rocket. Toss through the warm halloumi slices, then drizzle over the yogurt dressing to serve.

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28th Aug, 2019
Very tasty but wish I had reduced the amount of couscous, 400g for four is way to much and made it very dry, otherwise a great recipe.
3rd Jul, 2017
I added more rocket (i.e. The whole packet) to make it more healthy/filling, and think the cous cous volume could be cut down a bit as it was a bit overwhelming to have so much. I think mixing through some herbs, even parsley, would have lifted the cous cous a bit more. Despite these comments, it's an easy and tasty meal!
19th Mar, 2013
Delicious, will definitely be making this again!
18th Feb, 2013
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6th Jan, 2013
add a little bit of lemon juice at the end- makes it nicer!
18th Oct, 2012
i love all these ingredients individually, but just found the combination bland and i needed to drink alot with it. not my fav way of using the ingredients
23rd May, 2012
Great recipe! My boyfriend got to taste Halloumi for the first time and loved it. I'm not a huge fan of roasted peppers and I wasn't blown away, but I'll keep the recipe and definitely make it again sometime :)
3rd Mar, 2012
This recipe is brilliant, quite easy to do and tastes amazing! One to add for future cooking.
31st Mar, 2011
Tried halloumi for the first time. So good and so tasty!
22nd Aug, 2009
Absolutely fab and very easy to make!


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