Spicy couscous salad

Spicy couscous salad

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(18 ratings)

Prep: 10 mins


Serves 2
This can be made as a main-dish salad (great for lunchboxes) or as a side dish for roast lamb

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal317
  • fat12g
  • saturates1g
  • carbs41g
  • sugars4g
  • fibre5g
  • protein14g
  • salt1.14g


  • 100g couscous



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

  • 220g can chickpea, rinsed and drained
  • 100ml hot chicken stock
  • zest and juice 1 lemon



    Oval in shape with a pronouced bulge on one end, lemons are one of the most versatile…

  • 1 roasted red pepper, chopped
  • 25g flaked toasted almonds


    arr-mund or al-mund

    Sweet almonds have a subtle fragrance that lends itself well to baking and also works well with…

  • handful mint leaves, chopped



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

  • 2 tbsp natural Greek yogurt
  • 1 tsp harissa



    This hot, aromatic paste made from chilli and assorted spices and herbs is spicy and…


  1. Tip the couscous and chickpeas into a bowl and pour over the stock. Cover and leave for 5-10 mins until the couscous has absorbed the stock. Allow to cool a little. Toss through the lemon zest and juice, pepper, almonds and mint. Spoon into a container, then top with the yogurt and a drizzle of harissa.

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Che Guevaraa's picture
Che Guevaraa
16th Mar, 2020
I forgot to add the lemon juice but it was still really nice. I think the lemon would’ve made it nicer. Nothing special but ideal for a nice lunch to pack for work.
2nd May, 2015
As other reviewers i roasted my own pepper. Also only added half of the lemon juice as recommended, definitely wouldn't need more. Also stirred harissa through. Lovely tasty recipe for lunches or side dish, will be making again.
7th Jul, 2014
Great fast day summer recipe!
RosieVimes's picture
11th Feb, 2014
I'm a huge fan of this recipe, its quick and simple to make, and has lots of big flavours. I often make double the quantity to make sure that there's some left over for my lunch box. I also roast some tomatoes along with the pepper as couscous can be a little dry in vast large quantities. Highly recommend it!
gfnatalie's picture
19th Jul, 2012
@Betty- Thanks for pointing out that this recipe includes chicken stock therefore has been mislabelled as 'vegetarian'. I've now amended the tag. Sorry about that. All the best, BBC Good Food web team
12th Jul, 2012
well this isn't vegetarian is it...
17th Jun, 2012
Tried the Falafel Salad version and it was very tasty. Served it with Goan spiced chicken and really enjoyed the lovely flavours.
7th Mar, 2011
Very good - having the yoghurt was good idea - sometimes find couscous a little dry but this made a difference. Served it with the lamb koftas (also on this website) went down a storm.
5th Jan, 2011
I made this using vegetable stock, I think the recipe would have been really nice if it was not completely over powered by the juice of 1 lemon I would suggest much less lemon juice!
25th Sep, 2010
I am about to try this dish couldanyone advise how I make harrisa couscus?


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