The weather was kind this weekend, Mr TS wandered off to Portland to do a bit of essential maintenance on the boat’s bottom, DG disappeared to the river with her chums, BB and I gardened, biked and played and my teen boys revised. Again. It’s endless. I’m going to write a parenting manual warning people of the fool hardiness of leaving a two year gap between children – it works really well right up to the point where they are sitting GCSEs and A Levels at THE SAME TIME! As I wrote for Tesco Living, there isn’t much I can do for them other than listen a lot and keep them well fed. This cous cous salad eaten under the shade of the apple tree is full of goodness and summer promise – the exams will finish, you will be free to enjoy the sunshine or to sleep until the afternoon but, in the meantime, get this in your tummy.

Couscous salad with butternut squash and feta, on the lawn in the shade of a tree.

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Couscous salad in the shade of a tree.

Couscous Salad in the Shade of My Apple Tree

A light summer salad with butternut squash, cranberries and feta/tofu
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Course: Salad
Cuisine: Vegetarian
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 2
Calories: 491kcal


  • 125 g couscous
  • 200 ml hot vegetable stock made with 2 tsp vegan Marigold bouillon powder and 1tsp chilli oil
  • 2 spring onions sliced
  • 50 g roasted butternut squash I always roast more than I need for a recipe and freeze the rest for just such an occasion
  • 100 g sugar snap peas
  • 30 g vegan greek cheese or tofu diced
  • Sprig of thyme finely chopped
  • Sprig of parsley roughly chopped
  • 2 tbsps dried cranberries or to taste, I didn't measure them out, I just threw in what I fancied!
  • Omega seed mix the one I used included pumpkin, sesame, sunflower linseed and golden linseed
  • 2 tbsp chilli oil
  • 1 tbsp tamari soy sauce
  • Freshly ground black pepper


  • Pour the stock over the couscous, cover and leave to stand for 5 minutes
  • Gently fry the seeds in the chilli oil until they just begin to change colour, add the tamari and sizzle briefly, remove from the heat
  • Steam the sugar snaps for 5 minutes - you want them crunchy not soggy
  • Fluff up the couscous with a fork
  • Combine all the ingredients in a bowl
  • Stir in the seeds with their oil and tamari
  • Serve


Nutritional information is only an approximate guideline. Calculations will vary according to the ingredients you use and your cooking methods.


Calories: 491kcal | Carbohydrates: 71g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 13mg | Sodium: 1082mg | Potassium: 344mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin A: 3597IU | Vitamin C: 38mg | Calcium: 131mg | Iron: 2mg
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This serves two as a generous lunch, four as a side salad.

Couscous salad with feta, butternut squash, sugar snap peas and dried cranberries.

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