Fast Recipes

Couscous with haloumi and honey-chilli apricots

A big, bold vegetarian dish, ready in minutes.

By The Gourmet Traveller team
  • Serves 4
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It's a quick and easy vegetarian recipe but no, it's not a salad. This dish has serious heft – a base of couscous and lentils, golden haloumi, plus spiced apricots for colour and brightness. The drizzle of honey is the final touch that binds it all together.


  • 300 gm wholemeal couscous
  • 400 gm canned brown lentils, rinsed and drained
  • Finely grated zest and juice of 2 lemons
  • 80 ml (⅓ cup) olive oil
  • 50 gm sunflower seeds, lightly toasted
  • ¼ cup (firmly packed) mint, plus extra to serve
  • 140 gm Greek-style yoghurt
  • 400 gm haloumi, sliced
  • 4 ripe apricots, cut into halves and wedges
  • 2 tsp cumin seeds
  • ½ tsp chilli flakes
  • 2 tbsp honey


  • 1
    Combine couscous and 300ml boiling water in a heatproof bowl. Cover and set aside until water is absorbed (3 minutes), then fluff with a fork and season to taste with salt and pepper. Add lentils, half the lemon zest and juice, 1 tbsp oil, seeds and mint and toss gently to combine.
  • 2
    Combine yoghurt and remaining zest and juice in a bowl and season to taste.
  • 3
    Heat 1 tbsp oil in a large frying pan over medium-high heat and cook haloumi until golden (1-2 minutes each side). Transfer to a plate and cover to keep warm. Heat 2 tbsp oil in same pan over medium-high heat and add apricots and cook, tossing occasionally, until just starting to caramelise (1-2 minutes). Add cumin, chilli and honey and cook until golden and fragrant (2 minutes). Serve couscous topped with apricot mixture, haloumi, lemon yoghurt and extra mint.