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pomegranate couscous salad.

Pomegranate Couscous Salad

Keri Bevan
Ready in 15 minutes, this tangy jewel colored vegan couscous salad is the perfect festive side dish. It's also a perfect make-ahead dish as the flavors marry and intensify as it rests.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Mediterranean
Servings 6 servings
Calories 206 kcal


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil extra virgin
  • 1 cup pearl couscous *aka Israeli couscous
  • cups vegetable stock *or hot water
  • ¾ cup pomegranate seeds *see note 4
  • 1 cup flat leaf parsley finely chopped
  • ½ cup mint finely chopped

For The Citrus Dressing

  • 1 orange *juiced
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil divided


  • Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a saucepan. Add the couscous and toast for 3 minutes. *see note 1
  • Add the vegetable stock to the pan and simmer, uncovered for 10 minutes. *see note 2
  • While the couscous is simmering, chop the parsley and mint finely with a food process or a sharp knife.
  • Transfer couscous to serving bowl. Stir in chopped herbs, chickpeas and pomegranate seeds. Drizzle the dressing over the top, stir and enjoy.


  1. Toasting the couscous is optional, but I highly recommend it.  It adds a sweet, nutty flavor to the couscous.  Just be sure not to burn it.
  2. The typical ratio of water (or stock) to Israeli couscous (aka pearl couscous) is 1:1 ½.  So, that's one cup of couscous to 1 ½ cups of liquid.  Be sure to keep the heat fairly low so that the water doesn't boil off straight away.
  3.  Gluten Free Option:  Couscous is not gluten free.  For a gluten free salad, simply substitute quinoa.  Follow the package instructions for cooking the quinoa.
  4. If you're using a whole pomegranate, have a look at this article for instructions on how to easily remove the seeds.


Calories: 206kcalCarbohydrates: 30gProtein: 5gFat: 8gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 5gSodium: 245mgPotassium: 214mgFiber: 3gSugar: 5gVitamin A: 1176IUVitamin C: 28mgCalcium: 41mgIron: 1mg
Keyword 15 minute meals, make ahead meals
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