Tricolore couscous salad

Tricolore couscous salad

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(51 ratings)

Prep: 15 mins No cook


Serves 4
A quick and easy salad that teams well with chicken, lamb and tofu. Of have it as a barbecue extra

Nutrition and extra info

  • Easily doubled / halved
  • Vegetarian

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal456
  • fat32g
  • saturates8g
  • carbs30g
  • sugars3g
  • fibre3g
  • protein13g
  • salt0.6g
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  • 200g couscous



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

  • 2 tsp vegetable stock (or use a cube)
  • 250g pack cherry tomato, halved
  • 2 avocados, peeled, stoned and chopped



    Although it's technically a fruit, the mild-flavoured avocado is used as a vegetable. Native…

  • 150g pack mozzarella, drained and chopped
  • handful rocket or young spinach leaves



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

For the dressing

  • 1 rounded tbsp pesto



    Pesto is a generic Italian name for any sauce made by pounding ingredients together.


  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 3 tbsp 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…


  1. Mix the couscous and stock in a bowl, pour over 300ml boiling water, then cover with a plate and leave for 5 mins.

  2. For the dressing, mix the pesto with the lemon juice and some seasoning, then gradually mix in the oil. Pour over the couscous and mix with a fork.

  3. Mix the tomatoes, avocado and mozzarella into the couscous, then lightly stir in the rocket or spinach to serve.

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Baker-Elfriede's picture
26th Sep, 2017
Delicious and simple, great quick salad to make when having a barbecue.
23rd May, 2017
Very good lunch recipe with other salads and bread. Followed recipe (unusually for me) and thought it was very quick and tasty.
23rd Jun, 2016
Made this tonight for the first time after my 11 and 12 year old boys said they wanted more 'salad based' meals. My oldest has always refused to eat tomatoes or avocados and they both absolutely loved this. I added less boiling water to the couscous as I thought the dressing would make it too soggy and also used mini mozzarella balls cut in half. That worked for me. Will definitely be making again.
8th Jan, 2015
This was delicious and I certainly didn't find it bland. I added lots of fresh ground pepper and also wilted the spinach slightly. Served it with some slices of pastrami. Lovely!
Summer cook
24th Nov, 2014
Delicious! I made this for my Italian boyfriend who at first wasn't keen on the idea of adding couscous to a traditional tricolore salad (He hates messing with his country's food), however, he absolutely loved it! I might try adding a few olives next time, as I feel they could work quite well with it.
22nd Nov, 2014
Very nice, full of flavour. Definitely will make again!
marmiteetponpon's picture
24th Apr, 2014
check these recipies adding fresh fruits to the green salads, quiet interesting...
8th Jun, 2013
Loved this! added bacon lardons for a more salty flavour.
wikkiwoodles's picture
11th Apr, 2013
It's nice to have with other things but all by itself i found it a bit bland. Even when putting extra lemon, salt and pepper over it.
7th Feb, 2013
Everyone asked for the recipe....yummy!


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