Backpacking Food Recipe – Quick and Tasty Couscous Salad

For me one of the most versatile foods ever is probably couscous, you can eat it with practically anything. What makes it such a great backpacking food is the fact it’s super quick, easy and cheap.

A box of couscous lasts for a long time (for one person you only need half a cup of couscous per meal!) – combine that with an easy salad and you can’t go wrong.

Here is a quick and very simple recipe, which is one of my favorites for hot days.

It’s a little luxurious, but the vegetables used are generally quite cheap, and pesto is something we always have since we use it for so many things (pasta, sandwiches, gnocchi etc).


Quick & Tasty Couscous Salad

– Serves 2
– Estimated prep. time: 10 min

  • 100 g or 1 cup Couscous
  • 200 ml (or 3/4 of a cup) of vegetable stock
  • 1 large onion (or 2 spring onions if you have them)
  • 1/2 cucumber
  • 1 red pepper
  • (optional: any other vege you like and want to add to the salad)
  • 2 tbsp pesto
  • 50 gram feta cheese


Put the couscous in a bowl and add the stock (200 ml of boiled water mixed with vegetable stock, cubicles is fine). Cover and let it sit for 10 minutes until it’s fluffy and has absorbed the water/stock.

Meanwhile, dice the cucumber and slice the onion and pepper.

Add this to the couscous, mix with some pesto and crumble in the feta cheese.

Plate it and then EAT! 😉

Tip! – If you can afford splurging out, the salad is even nicer with some pine nuts sprinkled on top, it really adds that extra flavor!

14 Responses to Backpacking Food Recipe – Quick and Tasty Couscous Salad

  1. Ant Stone November 2, 2010 at 1:20 pm #

    I like couscous, but there is no way I can survive on just half a cup of it for a main meal — add an extra one in, and fuel the journey.

    Loving the new design, very fresh and clean… well done.

    • Sofia November 3, 2010 at 3:05 pm #

      Yeah, I guess for a guy you would need a little more.
      Thanks, I’m glad you like it!

  2. GlobalButterfly November 2, 2010 at 4:56 pm #

    Yum I love couscous!!!

    • Sofia November 3, 2010 at 3:05 pm #

      Me too, it’s so versatile!

  3. Globetrottergirls November 3, 2010 at 12:05 am #

    You should make a backpacker cookbook (ebook of course, for the weight 😉 …) out of this! We really appreciate the recipes! Keep ’em coming :-)

    • Sofia November 3, 2010 at 3:08 pm #

      We have actually been working on something related, maybe it will be released next year. I’m so glad you like it!

  4. Rachelle November 5, 2010 at 2:32 am #

    Looks like I can have a delicious and healthy meal whenever I want it. This would definitely be a good recipe. Will cook this as soon as possible. :) Thanks for this.

  5. enrolled agent cpe November 11, 2010 at 2:28 am #

    This is certainly a good recipe for a backpacker. I would often bring a few cup noodles with me on my trips as I am too lazy to prepare stuff sometimes.

  6. eurostar prices December 14, 2010 at 2:55 pm #

    I love such delicious things :p

  7. Fiona January 24, 2011 at 2:53 pm #

    mmmm. couscous! I eat this when I’m NOT traveling, thats how much I love it! So easy to make and add things in for different flavors.


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