Low-Calorie Pumpkin & Courgette Couscous Salad Recipe

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This salad recipe is not just your ordinary lettuce and tomato salad – this salad uses slightly different ingredients that can be eaten warm or cold. It makes an ideal low-calorie lunch or dinner that feels wonderfully hearty, thanks to the couscous and roasted vegetables.

Pumpkin, courgette and couscous combine to create a salad that’s full of flavour and texture and makes a really interesting low-calorie dish to support you on your weight loss journey.

Low-Calorie Pumpkin & Courgette Couscous Salad Recipe



  • 150 g instant couscous
  • 235 ml boiling water
  • 500 g baby spinach leaves, washed and blotted dry
  • 30 g pumpkin, peeled and diced into 1-inch cubes
  • 30 g courgette, washed and cut into 1-inch thick slices
  • 6 macadamia nuts, chopped
  • Juice of 1/2 lime
  • 2 tsp balsamic vinegar
  • Low-calorie cooking spray


  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C.

  2. Wash and slice the courgette and peel and dice the pumpkin into cubes. Spray a baking tray with low-calorie cooking oil and place the vegetables on it. Place in the oven and roast for 20-25 minutes, until softened and lightly browned. Remove from the oven and set aside to cool.

  3. While the vegetables are roasting, add the dried couscous to a large bowl and carefully pour in the boiling water. Cover and leave to stand for 5 minutes.

  4. Once the couscous has puffed up and absorbed all of the water, gently fluff with a fork and add the roasted vegetables and chopped macadamia nuts. Lightly stir to combine.

  5. To make the dressing, combine the lime juice and balsamic vinegar in a small bowl, then add it to the couscous mixture and stir to mix through. Portion into two bowls and serve.

Nutritional Facts

Amount per serving

Calories 394
Total Fat 5.3g
Saturated Fat 0.7g
Sodium 19mg
Total Carbohydrates 70g
Dietary Fiber 6.5g
Sugar 2.3g
Protein 12.72g

Allergens: contains wheat, nuts.

If you’re looking for more unusual salad inspiration, try out this cauliflower tabbouleh salad:

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2020-09-02 07:56:06By Health & Nutrition Expert

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