Herby couscous with citrus & pomegranate dressing

Herby couscous with citrus & pomegranate dressing

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(14 ratings)

Prep: 15 mins


Serves 4
This colourful side dish goes beautifully with lamb chops, or Middle Eastern-style dishes

Nutrition and extra info

  • Vegetarian

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal189
  • fat6g
  • saturates1g
  • carbs32g
  • sugars6g
  • fibre1g
  • protein4g
  • salt0.01g
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  • 200g couscous



    Consisting of many tiny granules made from steamed and dried durum wheat, couscous has become a…

  • 5oz 150g pack pomegranate seeds



    Now mainly grown in America, Spain, the Middle East and India, pomegranates originated in the…

  • handful chopped herbs (we used mint and coriander)
  • juice 1 orange



    One of the best-known citrus fruits, oranges aren't necessarily orange - some varieties are…

  • 2 tbsp each white wine vinegar and olive oil


  1. Place the couscous in a shallow bowl, then pour over 200ml boiling water. Cover the bowl with cling film, then leave for 5 mins until the couscous has swelled up and absorbed all of the water. Ruffle with a fork to separate the grains, then stir through the pomegranate seeds and herbs.

  2. Make a dressing by mixing together the orange juice, white wine vinegar and olive oil, then stir into the couscous. Season well with salt and serve.

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Karen Barkell's picture
Karen Barkell
9th Feb, 2020
Delicious side dish for fruity lamb tagine recipe. My husband thought he didn’t like couscous, and now he’s changed his mind. Like the other reviews I used homemade chicken stock instead of hot water. Very tasty.
8th Sep, 2013
Just had it today.. i have used herbs stock instead of water and it was amazing! went lovely with tikka chicken and some rocket salad with roasted almonds..
13th Dec, 2012
Thus is an amazing couscous recipe! I agree with others, chicken stock is better than water. The pomegranate seeds add so much to this dish, don't be tempted to reduce the amount. Brilliant with Lamb Tagine.
13th Aug, 2012
Very tasty & so simple to make. I wanted something light for lunch so made this to eat on its own. I wasn't sure that there would be sufficient flavour from the ingredients alone so made it with vegetable stock instead of plain boiling water. The saltiness from the stock worked very well against the sweetness from the pomegranate and orange juice. I'll definately make this one again.
8th Jul, 2012
Served this as a side salad - really nice -the pomegranate seeds really made the difference - will be making again
8th May, 2012
Question: Why cant we pour the OJ/oil etc. mix into the couscous to fluff it up rather than boiling water? wont it fluff up if the liquid is cold?
23rd Jun, 2011
Always use this recipe for serving with my butternut squash tagine, real crowd pleaser and can be made very quickly in mamouth portions for easy buffet style meal. I tend to wack in a huge handful of both corriander and mint to pep up the cous cous. If you don't have pomegranates I've also found dried raisins /cranberries as a good alternative. Is also great the next day with some cubes of feta chopped and thrown in.
15th Nov, 2010
Really bland - will definitely be using the chicken stock and flaked almonds next time.
16th Oct, 2010
Like Sarah M, I used a chicken stock cube and chopped parsley! Lovely with Lamb and apricot tagine. I also put some flaked almonds in mine. And so quick and easy too.
4th Oct, 2009
Really enjoyed this. Used chicken stock instead of water and added chopped bunch of spring onions. Also used parsey instead of coriander (didn't bother with the pomegranate). Jooles - probably way too late but this is lovely cold - as it only takes about 5 mins to make, I'd make it fresh and take it to the BBQ)


20th Jul, 2013
what is the difference between couscous and bulghar? Are they the same? Can I substitute couscous for bulghar (which is harder to source in a supermarket)?
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