Warm Giant Couscous and Spicy Pumpkin Salad


Try this easy to prepare flavour filled warm salad. The perfect accompaniment to a winter dinner or work lunches.

Warm giant couscous and spicy pumpkin salad



  • 1 medium butternut pumpkin
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 125g giant couscous (Israeli)
  • 15g butter
  • 75g pine nuts, toasted
  • 1 red chilli, deseed and finely chopped
  • 4 spring onions, finely sliced
  • Bunch coriander, roughly chopped
  • Bunch flat leaf parsley, roughly chopped
  • Bunch mint, roughly chopped
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 50ml olive oil
  • 1 tsp vinegar


  1. Heat oven to 220C. Peel and deseed the pumpkin and cut into 1.5 cm cubes. Place in a roasting tin, drizzle over 2 tbn of the olive oil and sprinkle over the spices and a little salt. Toss pumpkin to coat evenly, then roast in the oven for about 30 minutes or until tender and browned. Remove and set aside to cool.
  2. To cook couscous, bring 1 litre of water to the boil in a medium saucepan with a pinch of salt. Add the couscous, bring back to a simmer for 15 - 18 minutes. Drain well, place in a large bowl and stir in butter and remaining oil and set aside.
  3. Add roast pumpkin, pine nuts, herbs, chilli and spring onions to the couscous.
  4. For the dressing, mix the olive oil, vinegar and 1 tbn lemon juice together with salt and pepper then pour over the couscous mixture.
  5. Toss, taste and serve.


Approx. 4 serves

    Recipes thanks to Kathy Kordalis, Home Economist

    Ingredients for Warm Giant Couscous and Spicy Pumpkin Salad

    Pumpkin Butternut (whole)

    $5.98 ea

    Pumpkin Butternut - Cut (600g - 1kg)

    $3.49 ea

    Spice & Co - Cumin Ground (50g)

    $2.99 ea

    Spice & Co - Coriander Ground (60g)

    $2.99 ea

    Spice & Co - Paprika Hot (60g)

    $2.99 ea

    Spice & Co - Paprika Smoked (60g)

    $2.89 ea

    Spice & Co - Paprika Sweet (70g)

    $2.99 ea

    Westgold Butter Salted 250g

    $2.49 ea

    Spice & Co - Pine Nuts (20g)

    $2.99 ea

    Coriander (bunch)

    $2.99 ea

    Parsley Curly (bunch)

    $4.49 ea

    Mint (bunch)

    $3.49 ea

    G Grinder Sea Salt 95g

    $3.49 ea

    G Grinder Black Pepper 50g

    $3.49 ea

    Lemons (each)

    $1.04 ea

    Cuttaway Creek Vinegar 250ml

    $13.69 ea

    Lemons Imperfect Pick Value Range (Each = min 500g)

    $2.00 ea

    The Market Grocer - Pinenuts (250g)

    $15.99 ea

    Harris Farm - Pinenuts (100g)

    $8.99 ea

    Chillies Habanero Red (35g punnet)

    $4.49 ea