Grilled Zucchini & Halloumi with Herbed Couscous


If you don't love the idea of flipping each vegetable on the grill, enlist the help of a grill basket instead. Then you can just give the veggies a quick stir or toss halfway through cooking.

grilled zucchini and halloumi with herbed couscous
Photo: Jacob Fox
Active Time:
35 mins
Total Time:
35 mins


  • 1 ½ cups water

  • 1 cup whole-wheat pearl couscous, rinsed

  • 1 ½ pounds baby zucchini, halved lengthwise

  • 1 large red onion, cut into 8 wedges

  • 7 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided

  • ¾ teaspoon ground pepper, divided

  • ¼ teaspoon salt, divided

  • 1 (8 ounce) package halloumi, cut crosswise into 8 slices

  • Zest and juice of 1 large lemon

  • 1 tablespoon white-wine vinegar

  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard

  • ¼ teaspoon ground cumin

  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder

  • ¾ cup coarsely chopped fresh herbs, such as basil and/or mint


  1. Preheat grill to medium-high.

  2. Bring water to a boil in a medium saucepan. Add couscous, reduce heat to low, cover and simmer until tender and the liquid has been absorbed, about 15 minutes. Drain off any remaining liquid and rinse the couscous under cold water to cool slightly. Return to the pot and set aside.

  3. Meanwhile, toss zucchini and onion with 1 tablespoon oil, 1/4 teaspoon pepper and 1/8 teaspoon salt in a large bowl. Grill the zucchini, onion and halloumi, flipping once, until tender and lightly charred, about 8 minutes.

  4. Whisk lemon zest and juice, vinegar, mustard, cumin, garlic powder and the remaining 1/2 teaspoon pepper and 1/8 teaspoon salt in a small bowl. Slowly whisk in the remaining 6 tablespoons oil.

  5. Add herbs to the couscous and toss to combine. Serve the couscous with the vegetables and halloumi and drizzled with the dressing.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

633 Calories
42g Fat
48g Carbs
25g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Serving Size 1 cup couscous, 1 2/3 cups vegetables, 2 oz. halloumi & 2 Tbsp. dressing
Calories 633
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 48g 17%
Dietary Fiber 9g 32%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 25g 50%
Total Fat 42g 54%
Saturated Fat 14g 70%
Cholesterol 41mg 14%
Vitamin A 1258IU 25%
Vitamin C 70mg 78%
Vitamin E 3mg 22%
Folate 50mcg 13%
Vitamin K 34mcg 28%
Sodium 787mg 34%
Calcium 492mg 38%
Iron 3mg 17%
Magnesium 68mg 16%
Potassium 886mg 19%
Zinc 2mg 18%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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