A bottle pouring dressing over mediterranean couscous salad
Mediterranean Couscous salad
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
15 mins
A light lunch or a side dish for dinner, this couscous salad is healthy, flavorful and easy.
Course: Salad
Cuisine: Mediterranean
Keyword: chewy, crunchy, fruity, tart
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 281.9 kcal
Author: Amira
For the couscous:
  • 1 cup (5oz / 145gm) dry pearl couscous.
  • 1 teaspoon unsalted butter.
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil.
  • 1 1/4 cup (300 mL)water or broth.
  • Salt and pepper to taste.
For the salad:
  • 3 cups (65 gm) baby arugula.
  • 1/2 cup (3 oz / 87gm) pomegranate seeds.
  • 1/4 cup (2oz / 60gm) red onion chopped.
For the dressing:
  • 1 teaspoon sugar.
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt or to taste.
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper.
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin.
  • 3 Tablespoons (44 ml) pomegranate molasses.
  • 1/4 cup (60 ml) extra version olive oil.
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon water.
For garnishing:
  • 1/2 cup (2oz / 54gm) chopped pecan/walnuts or pistachios.
Cook the couscous:
  1. In a sauce pan over medium heat, add butter and olive oil stir until butter melts.
  2. Add couscous and toast for 1-2 minutes.
  3. Pour water in and season with salt and pepper.
  4. Bring to a boil then cover and simmer for 10 minutes.
  5. Remove from heat and use a fork to fluff and separate couscous, let it cool down.
  6. Couscous might clump together but it will separate when making the salad.
Make the dressing:
  1. In a jar or measuring cup whisk the dressing ingredients well together until sugar and salt dissolves. Set aside.
Make the salad:
  1. In a large bowl, combine salad ingredients and couscous.
  2. Pour over dressing and toss to coat well.
  3. Garnish with chopped nuts.
  4. Serve immediately
Recipe Notes

Nutrition Facts
Mediterranean Couscous salad
Amount Per Serving
Calories 281.9 Calories from Fat 159
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 17.7g 27%
Cholesterol 1.7mg 1%
Sodium 200.7mg 8%
Total Carbohydrates 25.7g 9%
Dietary Fiber 1.7g 7%
Sugars 8.1g
Protein 1.6g 3%
Vitamin A 10.6%
Vitamin C 7.7%
Calcium 5.7%
Iron 5.4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.