Easy couscous salad recipe

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This easy couscous salad is really quick and simple to make and there's no cooking involved. A great idea for picnics and lunches

Easy couscous salad
  • Vegetarian
  • healthy
Preparation Time15 mins
Total Time15 mins
Cost RangeCheap
Nutrition Per PortionRDA
Calories303 Kcal15%
Sugar12 g13%
Fat10 g14%
Saturated Fat1.5 g8%
Salt0.6 gRow 4 - Cell 2
Salt0.6 gRow 5 - Cell 2

This easy couscous salad recipe is really quick and simple to make - there's no cooking involved, just soak the couscous in stock for 10 minutes, then mix in loads of crunchy veg.

This easy couscous salad is a great go-to recipe and serves 4 people working out at only 303 calories per portion. This light and easy couscous salad is the perfect side dish at a BBQ. This salad is packed full of veggies and fruit including apricots, red onion, sweetcorn and cucumber - amazing flavours that all work really well together. It can be eaten as a side dish to complement your favourite meaty grills (we love it with these mini lamb kebabs). Or you can dig into it on its own for a delicious light meal. The easy couscous salad is convenient to whip up on a Sunday so you can cook up a big batch and divide it up into containers in the fridge. This delicious easy couscous salad can be stored in the fridge in an airtight container and kept for two days. This really has to be one of the simplest salads.


  • 200g couscous
  • 270ml hot vegetable stock
  • 4 tomatoes, chopped
  • 340g can sweetcorn, drained
  • ¼ cucumber, chopped
  • 1 small red onion, finely chopped
  • 6 dried apricots, chopped
  • 2tbsp olive oil
  • Juice ½ lemon
  • 3tbsp chopped parsley
  • 2tbsp pumpkin or sunflower seeds




  1. Put the couscous into a large bowl add the stock. Cover and leave to soak for 10 mins.
  2. Meanwhile, prepare all the vegetables and put them in another bowl with the apricots, add the olive oil and lemon juice, season and mix together.
  3. Use a fork to fluff up the couscous then add the vegetable mixture, the chopped parsley and seeds. Toss together and serve.

Top tip for making this easy couscous salad:

Try serving this salad with a dollop of thick Greek yogurt flavoured with chopped mint and a pinch of cayenne pepper.

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