Moroccan-inspired couscous with a cucumber salad

Don't have a lot of time but still craving a meal with lots of flavour? Then this Moroccan-inspired couscous with a sweet and sour cucumber salad is something for you!
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Main Course
Servings 2


For the cucumber salad:

  • 1/2 cucumber
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp white sugar
  • 1/2 tsp chili flakes
  • white vinegar

For the couscous:

  • 150 grams couscous
  • 1 courgette
  • 1 (small) onion
  • 1 bell pepper
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1/2 tbsp ground coriander
  • 1/2 tbsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tbsp ground cumin seed
  • 125 grams lima beans 1 can (200 grams) drained and rinsed
  • 200 grams tomato pulp
  • 1 vegetable stock cube
  • zest and juice of 1 lime
  • pepper and salt to taste
  • chili flakes optional


Cucumber salad

  • Take the skin of of the cucumber and cut the cucumber into very thin slices
  • Put the cucumber slices in a bowl and add the sugar, salt, and chili flakes
  • Pour over the white vinegar until the cucumber slices are covered with the vinegar
  • Let sit and when you’re almost finished with the couscous you can drain out the vinegar


  • Prepare the couscous according to the package
  • Cut the onion into small pieces and cut the bell pepper into cubes
  • In a pan, put some olive oil and add the onion and bell pepper
  • While the onions and bell peppers are in the pan, cut the courgette into large cubes and mince the garlic cloves
  • Add the courgette and garlic to the pan and let it cook for about 3 minutes
  • Add the ground coriander, ground cinnamon and ground cumin seed into the pan and mix until the spices look wet
  • Drain and rinse the lima beans and add them to the pan along with the tomato pulp
  • Crumble the vegetable stock cube into the pan and let simmer for about 5 minutes
  • Take the pan of the stove and add the lime juice, salt, pepper and chili flakes to taste
  • Garnish with the lime zest and serve the sauce alongside the couscous and the cucumber salad
  • Enjoy!
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Keyword dinner, healthy, quick