Fetta and couscous salad

Apart from being an excellent source of starchy carbohydrate, couscous is a great background for other ingredients. In this lunch salad, both raw and lightly steamed vegetables are added to the couscous together with toasted almonds, fresh mint and creamy fetta.

Fetta and couscous salad


  • 1¼ cups (230 g) couscous
  • 300 ml hot vegetable stock
  • 170 g slim asparagus spears, halved
  • 2 zucchini, cut into thin sticks
  • 1 red capsicum, seeded and cut into thin strips
  • ⅓ cup (30 g) toasted flaked almonds
  • handful of fresh mint leaves, finely chopped
  • 170 g fettaChilli dressing
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • grated zest of 1 lemon
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 clove garlic, finely chopped
  • ½ teaspoon dried red chilli flakes
  • salt and pepper


  1. Put the couscous into a large bowl and pour over the hot stock.
  2. Set aside to soak for 15–20 minutes, or until all the liquid has been absorbed.
  3. Meanwhile, steam the asparagus for 3 minutes.
  4. Add the zucchini and continue steaming for 2 minutes, or until the vegetables are just tender but still retain some crunch.
  5. Tip the vegetables into a colander and refresh under cold running water.
  6. Drain well.
  7. To make the dressing, combine the oil, lemon zest and juice, garlic, chilli flakes, and salt and pepper to taste in a screw–top jar.
  8. Shake well to blend and emulsify the mixture.
  9. Fluff up the couscous with a fork, then fold in the capsicum strips, almonds, mint, and asparagus and zucchini.
  10. Pour over the dressing and stir gently together.
  11. Crumble the fetta over the top, and serve.

Serves 4
Preparation: 30 minutes
Cooking: about 5 minutes


Milk, Eggs and Cheese

Click here for more cookbooks...

More Recipes

The 11 crazy pizza toppings that are actually delicious

The 11 crazy pizza toppings that are actually delicious

Sure, you've been eating your pizza with extra cheese, pepperoni, and mushrooms for years, but that's child's play compared to the craziest new pizza toppings out there.
Cooking for Chemo

New free cookbook aims to help those battling cancer

Australia’s Leukemia Foundation has worked with qualified dietitians and celebrity chefs to produce a range of easy, tasty and nutritious recipes for blood cancer patients.

Need To Lose Weight? Start With Butter In Your Coffee

Need Help To Lose Weight? Start With Butter In Your Coffee

It may sound strange - and downright disgusting - but wellness experts are singing the praises of this buttery beverage.

Rendang Wrestling: To Crisp or Not to Crisp

The Great Rendang Scandal: to Crisp or Not to Crisp?

What was all the recent fuss surrounding chicken rendang? We give you the lowdown on the kitchen kerfuffle.
Easy Peasy Chocolate Cake

Easy Peasy Chocolate Cake

Here's a no-fuss, yet impressive, cake for a special occasion. Serve with a generous dollop of cream or a spoonful of good ice-cream.