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
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  • 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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12th Aug, 2009
Have made this a couple of times now - it's a light dish for a hot day and I usually have all the ingredients in. I use lime instead of lemon and added spring onions at the end. Like Belkey I roasted my own pepper and left out the almonds as I don't like them. Served with spinach leaves or whatever salad leaves I had in the fridge. My 2 year old eats more of it everytime I make it.
8th Aug, 2009
Contains chicken stock but claims to be a vegetarian recipe.
16th Jul, 2009
Very tasty. Used rose harria which is mild and very complex in flavour. Great base for many variations; i roasted some baby plum tomatoes instead of the peppers and added a tsp of garlic oil to the finshed salad. I used wholemeal couscous as it is nuttier and holds up better in salads
7th Jul, 2009
I did this for lunchboxes as suggested and thought it was great, although I did forget to include the almonds - whoops! I also used a tired looking fresh pepper that was in the bottom of the fridge that I roasted myself.
Frantic Flapjack
3rd Jul, 2009
This was a very good salad - the addition of the yogurt toned down the spiciness of the harissa. Served with lamb burgers. Went down well with everyone.
25th Jun, 2009
This salad was fantastic. The youghrt is a must. We had it along with chicken grilled with harissa paste and honey. Yum Yum.


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