Mediterranean Couscous Salad

Mediterranean Couscous Salad
Preparation time
15 minutes
Cooking time
10 minutes
  • Ingredients
  • Directions
  • 2 red onions
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 2 green chillies
  • 1 aubergine, sliced
  • 1 red pepper
  • 1 courgette, sliced lengthways
  • 125 g (4 oz) couscous
  • ½ teaspoon cumin
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • pinch of dried chilli flakes
  • 5 tablespoons olive oil
  • salt and black pepper
  • 1 bunch of coriander, chopped
  • 1 lemon, griddled and cut into wedges (optional)

Cut the red onions into wedges, keeping the root ends intact to hold the wedges together.

Thread the garlic cloves and chillies on to separate metal skewers, then cook all the vegetables on a hot barbecue as follows, removing them when charred on all sides to a large serving bowl: aubergine, pepper and red onions for 5 minutes on each side; courgette for 4 minutes on each side; chillies for 2—3 minutes on each side and garlic for 1 minute on each side.

Place the couscous in a bowl and add enough hot water to cover. Leave for 5 minutes to allow all the water to be absorbed.

Peel the chillies and pepper when cool enough to handle, then deseed them. Roughly chop all the vegetables and add them to the bowl of couscous. Add the cumin, paprika, chilli flakes and seasoning, and mix well. Drizzle with the olive oil and garnish with the chopped coriander and lemon wedges, if using.