Couscous Salad


  • 250g couscous 
  • 1 tbsp butter 
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed 
  • 2 tomatoes, seeds removed, finely chopped 
  • 1 carrot, grated 
  • ½ yellow and red pepper, finely diced 
  • 2 spring onions, finely sliced 
  • 6 tbsp olive oil 
  • 1 unwaxed lemon, juice and zest 
  • 50g fresh flatleaf parsley, finely chopped 
  • pinch salt 


  1. Put the couscous and butter into a bowl with enough boiling water to cover the couscous by about 1cm (about 300ml). Cover with cling film and set aside while you prepare the rest of the ingredients. 
  1. Put the crushed garlic, tomatoes, carrot, red and yellow pepper, spring onions, olive oil, lemon juice and zest, parsley and salt into a large bowl and give everything a really good mix. I like to do this using my hands – it gets all the juices released ready for when the couscous is added, so it can absorb them all. 
  1. Uncover the couscous and fluff it up, using a fork. Add it to the parsley mixture and stir through. Serve. 

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