Cous Cous Salad Recipe

Cous cous is a great versatile pasta that can be used as a side dish or made up into a nice healthy salad. The recipe below is one that I make quite regularly. I have it as a lunch dish by adding a small tin of flavoured salmon or tuna, take it as a side dish to a BBQ, or serve at home for dinner as a side to grilled chicken, fish or steak.

This recipe makes a large bowl that lasts me approximately 3 lunches (but I am a big eater!) and is enough to take to a BBQ as a shared side salad. It is very quick and easy to make. It can be served warm or cold – so it is great for any season.


  • 2 cups of instant cous cous (found in the pasta aisle in your supermarket)
  • 2 cups of boiling water mixed with 2 teaspoons of powdered vegetable stock
  • 1 red capsicum, diced
  • 1 zucchini, diced
  • 2 shallots, chopped
  • 1 can of chickpeas, drained
  • 1/2 cup of sultanas, raisins or currants (I prefer currants)
  • 2 teaspoons each of dried cumin and coriander
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • Pinch of sea salt


  1. Place cous cous and currants into a large bowl and pour in water and stock mix, cover bowl and leave standing for 5 minutes.
  2. Place a non-stick fry pan on the stove over a medium heat.
  3. Add olive oil, shallots, cumin and coriander. Stir for 1 minutes.
  4. Add capsicum and zucchini, and stir for 4 minutes.
  5. Fluff up cous cous mixture with a fork and then add to fry pan. Mix in all ingredients.
  6. Turn off heat on fry pan. Add lemon juice, chickpeas and a pinch of sea salt. Mix into other ingredients.
  7. Serve straight away for a warm side dish, or place into a large salad bowl, allowing it to cool, then cover and put into the fridge to serve later as a salad dish.



Leave a Comment