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Orange oval plate with a pile of couscous salad topped with vibrant red, crispy chickpeas. The plate is shot from a 45 degree angle, against a concrete effect background.

Couscous Salad

This super simple couscous salad is packed with kale, herbs, a kick of chilli and served up with well-spiced chickpeas. Perfect for a light lunch.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Course Dinner, Lunch, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine Salad
Servings 4 people
Calories 434 kcal


  • 75 g Kale
  • 15 g Coriander including stalks
  • 15 g Parsley including stalks
  • 5 g Mint Leaves
  • 1 Red Onion finely chopped
  • 1 Red Chilli deseeded and finely chopped
  • 2 cloves of Garlic finely chopped
  • Juice of a Lemon
  • 360 ml Vegetable Stock
  • 240 g Couscous
  • 380 g Chickpeas
  • ½ teaspoon Chilli Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Smoked Paprika
  • 1 teaspoon Onion Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Ground Cumin
  • 1 teaspoon Dried Oregano


  • Bring a large pan of salted water to the boil, add the kale and cook for 2 - 3 minutes. Drain the kale and run under cold water until completely cooled. 
  • Place couscous in a large mixing bowl, pour over the vegetable stock and cover for 10 minutes. 
  • Heat a pan over medium-high heat with a glug of oil, add the chickpeas and the dried herbs and spices. Cook for 7 - 8 minutes stirring frequently. 
  • Finely chop cooked kale, coriander, parsley, mint, red chilli, garlic and red onion.
  • Fluff the couscous using a fork and stir in the chopped vegetables and herbs. Squeeze over the juice of a lemon and stir. Season to taste. 
  • Serve a pile of couscous with spiced, crispy chickpeas on top and a smattering of extra coriander if that takes your fancy.


Make ahead: If you're getting ahead and making this for lunches, it'll keep in the fridge for up to 3 days, and is delicious, even when the chickpeas have cooled.


Calories: 434kcalCarbohydrates: 84gProtein: 19gFat: 4gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 394mgPotassium: 664mgFiber: 13gSugar: 8gVitamin A: 3156IUVitamin C: 63mgCalcium: 133mgIron: 5mg
Keyword 15 minute meals, vegan
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