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couscous salad with asparagus, broad beans and peas in blue and white bowl

Broad bean and couscous salad

A fresh and tasty couscous salad with broad beans, peas and asparagus. Perfect for lazy summer lunches or as a BBQ side dish.
Course Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine British, Vegan
Keyword broad bean salad, couscous salad
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 321kcal


  • 240 g couscous
  • 300 ml boiling water
  • 200 g asparagus cut into thirds and woody stems discarded
  • 130 g double podded broad beans see notes below approx 8-10 pods
  • 150 g peas frozen or podded, cooked
  • Small handful pine nuts toasted
  • Small handful fresh mint or basil leaves torn up
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • Place 240g couscous in a bowl and cover with 300ml boiling water. Leave for five minutes to absorb the water and then fluff up with a fork.
  • While the couscous is soaking, chop your asparagus into thirds and place in a frying pan with a tablespoon of water. Heat up then reduce the heat to low, cover with a lid and cook for 2-3 minutes until just staring to soften. Set aside and allow to cool.
  • If you haven’t already double podded your broad beans* (see note below) and cooked your peas do so now.
  • Toast a small handful of pine nuts in a dry frying pan and leave to cool.
  • Add the asparagus, broad beans and peas, pine nuts and herbs to the couscous. Mix well then add 1 tablespoon olive oil and 1 tablespoon lemon juice. Mix again.
  • Season to taste with salt and pepper, adding more olive and lemon juice if needed.


  1. I prefer to double pod my broad beans. This means you get the vibrant green coloured inner beans and you don’t have to eat the grey-ish outer skin. Find out more about how to double pod broad beans
  2. Nutritional information is approximate and is intended as a guide only.


Calories: 321kcal | Carbohydrates: 58g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Sodium: 160mg | Potassium: 375mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 668IU | Vitamin C: 20mg | Calcium: 47mg | Iron: 3mg