Couscous and Chickpea Salad is packed full of delicious foods that make a fresh meal for any spring day. In addition to great nutrition, it’s important to also make sure we are moving every day and soaking up plenty of vitamin D, spring’s sun is a perfect time to get out there and enjoy the warm breeze and fresh air.

Couscous contains some fibre, potassium and other nutrients, but when paired with other healthy ingredients like in this recipe, it really packs a punch! The great thing about this Couscous and Chickpea Salad is you can add the fresh salad vegetables you love and make it your own. You could use cucumber, carrot or avocado!

Chickpeas are high in fibre and protein, and contain several key vitamins and minerals like protein, carbohydrates. Olives are very high in vitamin E and other powerful antioxidants. Studies show that they are good for the heart and may protect against osteoporosis and cancer, and lifestyle diseases.


1 cup couscous
¼ cup currants
1 ¼ cup boiling water
300g can of chickpeas, rinsed and drained
1 red capsicum, chopped
2 spring onions, sliced
½ olives
2-3 tbsp chopped mint

150ml orange juice
2 tbsp apple cider or balsamic vinegar or lemon juice
1-2 tsp ground cumin
½ tsp salt
1 clove garlic, crushed

Step 1
Place couscous and currants in a bowl, and cover with boiling water. Cover the bowl and leave for 5 minutes

Step 2
Mix chickpeas, capsicum, spring onions, olives and mint through the couscous

Step 3
Combine dressing ingredients and mix well. Pour dressing over salad and mix well. Garnish with mint, parsley or oregano.

Serves 6

Per Serve

Energy 926 kJ (221 Cal)
Protein 8g (14%)
Carbohydrates 36g (71%)
Sugars 8g
Fat 4g
Fibre 5g
Sodium 815mg
Calcium 62mg

Try another chickpea recipe: Chickpea Korma