• Serves 8
  • 15 minutes
  • Difficulty Easy
  • 7 Ingredients
May 27, 2020


Halloumi is such an all year round ingredient but it’s never better than when it’s cooked on the barbecue and served as a warming winter side dish.

This Warm Halloumi, Couscous and Fig Salad is always a crowd pleaser and comes together in minutes – especially if you have the convenience of instant boiling water at the touch of a button with a Zip HydroTap in your kitchen.

Leaving you more time to mingle with your guests or enjoy a little down time with your family.

Feel free to have a little fun with this recipe by making changes to suit your family’s tastes.

  • If your family adores halloumi, double the amount.
  • If you prefer your halloumi uncooked, simply chop into smaller cubes and mix through the couscous when assembling the salad.
  • This dish would work beautifully with a huge handful of fresh mint mixed through just before serving.
  • Add a few pitted olives.
  • Switch out the semi dried tomatoes for fresh tomatoes.

This recipe works brilliantly as a ‘make ahead’ dish. Simply make the base (without the figs, herbs and halloumi) and store it in an airtight container in the fridge. When you are ready to finish off, quickly toss in some olive oil in a non stick pan to warm through. Then at the last minute, add the halloumi, fresh figs and herbs and drizzle with a little olive oil.

This Warm Salad is an absolute winner as a side to so many different meals.  Imagine serving this with a warming winter Lamb Tagine, alongside a perfectly barbecued steak or as the base layer for a butterflied and roasted Lemon & Oregano Chicken. Delish!

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Ingredients (serves 8)

  • 1.5 cups couscous
  • 500g halloumi
  • 10 - 15 green beans
  • 4 - 5 semi dried tomatoes
  • 1 lemon
  • 4 - 5 fresh figs
  • fresh herbs to garnish


  1. Top and tail the green beans and chop into 3-4cm pieces. Place the beans, a little lemon zest, a pinch of salt, a crack of pepper and the couscous in a large heatproof bowl and give a quick mix to distribute the zest.
  2. Cover the couscous mix completely with instant boiling water from your Zip HydroTap, until there is about half a centimetre of water over the couscous. Allow to sit for 10 minutes.
  3. While the couscous is soaking up the boiling water, slice the halloumi into chunks and cook lightly in a griddle pan or on the barbecue.
  4. While the halloumi is cooking, slice the figs into quarters, slice up the semi-dried tomatoes and make a quick dressing of a little semi-dried tomato oil, lemon juice, salt & pepper.
  5. Take a fork and fluff up the couscous - the best result will be if you drag the fork across the top of the couscous gently. Each stroke of the fork will lift the pieces of couscous which separates it beautifully.
  6. Once the couscous is fully fluffed up, add the semi dried tomatoes and the dressing and mix through. Then simply top with the figs, halloumi and fresh herbs and it's ready to serve.

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  • I love figs. Thanks for the recipe.


  • A great side dish that is new to us,thanks!


  • This is a new recipe l would be very happy to share with family.


  • If you haven’t tried halloumi you are really missing out. Never thought of this salad combo, but like everything individually, so will give it a go. Will definitely take the advice to double the halloumi.


  • Will try this without the fig


  • Yum delish and so easy


  • I’m yet to have haloumi or fresh figs for that matter. I’m picturing hot oozey cheese tho, which is always yum


  • I can not wait to try this. It looks utterly amazing. Thank you for sharing!


  • This sounds delicious. Good for lunches


  • I made this recipe last night for dinner. It was so fresh and so delicious . The flavours were very nice. I didn’t have figs so I left them out. I love halloumi . Fairly quick to prepare. Family loved it.


  • This looks really flash. Great presentation.


  • I love haloumi!
    I’ve never really cooked with cous cous much so this will be a nice new recipe for our family to try.
    Thank yso much for sharing.


  • I love halloumi cheese ,love couscous and love fig so this is a perfect salad for me.


  • I grew up with a fig tree in the back yard so figs give me happy memories. Thanks


  • I’m not a huge fan of figs, but will use this as a base recipe as I do have some haloumi to use up!


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