Giant Couscous, Courgette and Rocket with Halloumi


Halloumi and couscous is such a tasty combination and takes no time at all to put together

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  • Serves 4

  • Prep time 15 mins

  • Cooking time 30 mins

  • Prepare ahead yes


  • 500g (1lb 2oz) courgettes, trimmed and sliced
  • 200g (7oz) giant couscous
  • 500g (1lb 2oz) halloumi, sliced
  • 2tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 1tsp sugar
  • 4tbsp olive oil, plus extra for frying
  • 75g (3oz) wild rocket leaves


For a great couscous recipe that takes no time to throw together but tastes really great, try this giant couscous, courgette and rocket with halloumi dish this week.

This courgette recipe is really healthy as it combines plenty of veg with healthy carbs and will keep you fuller for longer. Plus it’s served with a lovely dressing made from red wine vinegar, Dijon mustard and a pinch of sugar – so you know it’s going to be full of flavour. Elements of this dish can be cooked ahead to so it’s a great one to try if you’re entertaining.


  1. Heat a frying pan with a large splash of olive oil. Season the courgettes and fry on both sides until crispy. Set aside on kitchen paper.
  2. Put the couscous into a pan, cover with boiling water, return to the boil; simmer for 6 minutes. Drain; coat in a little oil. Return the frying pan to the heat; when hot, add a little oil; fry the halloumi on both sides until crisp.
  3. Make the dressing by thoroughly combining the vinegar and mustard with the sugar, then season and gradually add the olive oil.
  4. Combine the rocket, courgettes, couscous and some dressing. Divide between 4 plates and top with halloumi and a little more dressing.
  5. Get ahead Cook the couscous and courgettes up to a day in advance and leave in the fridge. Only cook halloumi at the last minute, though.