Summer couscous with falafel

Falafal and summer cous cous salad

This is a gorgeous light and healthy meal, perfect for a light dinner on a summer evening or a delicious take-to-work or picnic lunch. It’s packed full of big flavours and just shouts out summer.

I used shop bought falafels for this dish, simply because I was a bit short on time and wanted something I could throw together quickly, but if you have the time, homemade falafel would be delicious.


12 shop bought falafel (warmed through)

1 cup dried couscous

1 vegetable stock cube

1/2 small red onion, finely diced

1/2 red pepper, finely diced

1 cup cherry tomatoes, quartered

2 handfuls baby spinach, shredded

1 clove garlic, minced

1 small red chilli, seeds removed and finely chopped



400ml boiling water

Greek yoghurt, to serve

Mint sauce, to serve


Boil your kettle while the falafel are heating in the microwave (follow pack instructions on timings). Chop all of your veg and set aside. Add the couscous and crumbled stock cube to a large mixing bowl then add the boiled water, stir well then cover with a tea towel and leave for 5 minutes until all the liquid has been absorbed. After 5 minutes, fluff up with a fork and season well with salt and pepper. Add the chopped chilli, garlic and diced veg to the couscous and mix well.

To serve, spoon the couscous onto a serving platter or plate and top with the heated falafel. Spoon over some greek yoghurt and a drizzle of mint sauce. Easy peasy, a healthy delicious family meal in less than 15 minutes.

Serves 4

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