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Couscous Salad

By: Jonathan Webb - Updated: 25 Apr 2013 | comments*Discuss
Couscous Salad

A couscous salad is not only healthy and delicious but can be made in approximately 45 minutes without too much fuss and requires no cooking.


To serve 2 you will need:

  • 1/2 a bunch of fresh coriander, that has been chopped
  • 1/2 a cucumber that has had its seeds removed and been finely diced
  • 100g of couscous
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 1/2 of a red onion that has been finely chopped
  • 1/2 a bunch of fresh parsley that has been finely chopped
  • The zest and juice from half a large lemon
  • Some salt along with some freshly ground black pepper
  • 10g of sunflower seeds that have been toasted
  • 10g of sesame seeds that have been toasted

First take the couscous and submerge it in twice its own volume of hot water, before leaving to soak for approximately 15 minutes. Next, take the remaining ingredients and mix well together before leaving to stand for approximately 45 minutes. During this period the flavours from within the ingredients should be released and develop. Once this has happened you may serve your couscous salad.

A Mediterranean Couscous Salad

If you are feeling more adventurous it is possible to give your couscous salad a Mediterranean twist without too much effort. You can make a Mediterranean couscous salad in less than an hour.

For your Mediterranean couscous salad you will need:

  • 50g of black olives
  • 100g of couscous
  • 7 sunblushed tomatoes that have been sliced into quarters
  • 1/2 a handful of mixed nuts, including almonds and cashews
  • 250ml of hot vegetable stock
  • 70g of salad leaves
  • 100g of roughly crumbled feta
  • A large avocado that has had its stone removed and has been peeled before being sliced into large chunks
  • To make your dressing to go with your Mediterranean couscous salad you will need
  • A tablespoon of lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil

First take a large bowl and place the couscous inside before mixing in the hot stock. Once you have done this cover the bowl leave the contents to soak for approximately 10 minutes. Next you need to make the dressing that will go with your Mediterranean couscous salad. First take the salt and pepper, lemon juice and olive oil and mix 2 tablespoons into the couscous.

Once you have done this mix the avocado, nuts, olives, tomatoes and feta. Once this has been completed take the salad leaves and mix with the dressing, ensuring that they are well coated. Next place the salad leaves on plates and top with couscous.

Tangy Couscous Salad

To make a tangy couscous salad is very easy and quick.

You will need:

  • 200g of couscous
  • 1/2 a tablespoon of olive oil
  • 70g of crumbled feta cheese
  • The juice of 1/2 a lemon
  • 1 large courgette
  • vegetable stock
  • 10g of chopped parsley

First cook the couscous in your vegetable stock and then take the courgettes and after having sliced them, drizzle oil over them before placing under a hot grill for approximately 3 minutes before turning them over and cooking for another 3 minutes. By this time the courgettes should be relatively soft. Once you have done this take a large bowl and place the courgette slices inside and mix well with the ingredients that are left.

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