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Pumpkin Couscous Salad

Pumpkin Couscous Salad - sweet butternut squash salad with chargrilled capsicum, mint & couscous.

Course Side Dish
Cuisine Modern Australian
Keyword butternut squash couscous salad, pumpkin couscous salad
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4 as a side
Calories Per Serve 200 kcal
Author Lee-Ann Grace | Chef Not Required


  • 600 g butternut pumpkin / butternut squash (1.3lbs) chopped into 2cm / ¾" cubes
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • ½ cup dry couscous fine
  • ½ cup chopped chargrilled capsicum reserve 1 - 2 tbsp of packing oil
  • cup finely sliced shallots / scallions / green onions
  • ½ cup fresh mint leaves chopped
  • juice of 1 small lemon to taste
  • salt & pepper to taste


  1. Preheat oven to 180c /350f, and line a baking tray with baking paper and set aside.

  2. Add chopped pumpkin (600g/1.3lbs) to a bowl, then add ground cumin (1 tsp) and garlic powder (1 tsp) and mix to coat pumpkin in spices.

  3. Then add olive oil (1 tsp) and mix to coat, then place pumpkin on a lined baking tray (don't wipe out bowl) and bake for 20 to 25 mins or until pumpkin is tender.

  4. Cook couscous (½ cup dry) according to packet directions and set aside.

  5. When pumpkin is cooked, return pumpkin to original bowl. Add cooked couscous and mix gently to combine, then add chargrilled capsicum (½ cup), shallots (⅓ cup) and mint (½ cup) mixing to combine.

  6. Mix through chargrilled capsicum oil (1-2 tbsp to taste) and lemon juice to taste. Add salt and pepper to taste and serve.

Recipe Notes

  • I love using the oil that the chargrilled capsicum is marinated in as the dressing. It's cheap and full of flavour!
  • I don't wipe out the bowl after I mix the pumpkin and spices, because I don't want to waste the spiced oil that is still in the bowl after you tip out the pumpkin. We want every bit of flavour we can get!
  • The cooking time of the pumpkin will depend on what size you chop it. Mine is approximately 2cm (3/4") cubes. 
  • The secret to this being a quick recipe is to do all the other prep (other than chopping and seasoning the pumpkin) while the pumpkin is baking.

*Please note that the amount of calories per serve is provided as a guide only, as ingredients and cooking methods can vary greatly*