festive pomegranate couscous salad

Overhead shot of pomegranate couscous salad with pearl couscous, fresh parsley, mint and pistachios in white bowl.

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Festive pomegranate couscous salad with pearl couscous, pomegranate seeds, pistachios, parsley, mint, scallions, lemon-ginger dressing – deliciously easy.


  • 1 ½ cups pomegranate seeds (1 larger pomegranate)
  • 2 cups (300 gm.) pearl couscous, rinsed and drained (you can also use regular couscous or quinoa)
  • 3 cups of water + a pinch of salt
  • 4 scallions (white and green parts) chopped
  • 2 cups flat-leaf (Italian) parsley loosely chopped
  • ½ cup mint leaves, chopped
  • ½ cup pistachios (opt for salt-free)
  • 1 cup lemon juice
  • 2 tsp. grated ginger
  • ½ tsp. salt (optional)
  • ½ - 1 tsp. red chili flakes
  • ¼ tsp. ground black pepper


  1. Remove the seeds from the pomegranate (look to my blog for advice on this).
  2. Add 3 cups of water plus a pinch of salt to a medium saucepan and bring it to a boil. Add the rinsed couscous, stir, reduce the heat and cover. Allow the couscous to simmer until the liquid is absorbed (15 minutes). For best results , follow the package instructions.
  3. While the couscous is cooking, prepare the dressing by combining 1 cup lemon juice, 2 tsp. grated ginger, ½ tsp. salt and ½ - 1 tsp. red chili flakes and ¼ tsp. ground black pepper in a small bowl.
  4. Prep the green onions, parsley and mint. Add these ingredients, plus the pomegranate seeds and pistachios to a medium salad bowl.
  5. Once the couscous is done, allow it to cool. I find it easiest to transfer it to a small mixing bowl and stir it a few times. Once it has cooled a bit, add the dressing to the couscous and mix well.
  6. Add the couscous to the rest of the salad ingredients and mix well.


  • The prep time includes 10 minutes to cool the pearl couscous.
  • You can use regular couscous for this salad or if you want a gluten free option, use quinoa in the same amounts (2 cups).
  • You take a twist on the dressing by adding ½ cup of lemon juice and ½ cup of lime or even orange juice.

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