Recipe: Pomegranate, Cous Cous & Pistachio Salad

“They’re like precious little jewels, mum,” says C1
“Yes, rubies!” enthuses C2.
What are my kids talking about?


When we went to Bombay last Christmas, my dad (Papa Tony) used to bring home pomegranates (plus heaps of freshly cleaned and sliced pineapple, watermelon, papaya, guava…) from the Bandra bazaar all the time. The kids have been in love with pomegranate ever since.

Seeing that we had four pomegranates in the fruit bowl (B was going to blitz up some pomegranate, watermelon & mint juice), I decided to concoct a salad using pomegranate, cous cous and pistachios. It looked pretty and tasted pretty darn delicious, if I do say so myself!

pomegranate salad

Pomegranate, Cous Cous & Pistachio Salad


1 cup raw cous cous
Stock or water to cook cous cous

1/2 cup cleaned pomegranate
1/4 cup shelled pistachios
1/4 cup diced red onion
1/4 cup diced cucumber
100g haloumi, diced and pan fried until golden brown
(You can substitute haloumi for fetta or goats’ cheese)
Chopped herbs (mint, parsley, coriander, basil – whatever you have)

Ingredients all measured out

Ingredients all measured out

1/4 tsp cumin powder
1 tsp lemon juice
2 tbsp EVOO *
Salt to taste


Cook cous cous according to packet instructions. I like to cook it in stock instead of just plain water since it adds a depth of flavour to the cous cous.

Make a dressing by vigorously shaking together the EVOO, lemon juice, cumin powder and salt in a clean jam jar until it emulsifies. Empty dressing into a deep salad bowl.
Add all the other salad ingredients, one by one, mixing between additions.
I love how the flavours and textures combine: the sweet-tart pomegranate, the salty haloumi, the crunchy pistachios, the grainy cous cous, the fresh herbs…
This is a warm salad, so try to make it just before you eat it.
It can be eaten on its own (vegetarian). Or you can serve it as a tasty side to some barbecued meat like lamb. I paired it with some Moroccan-style grilled chicken.

Finger-lickin' Chicken and Pomegranate Cous Cous Salad

Finger-lickin’ Chicken and Pomegranate Cous Cous Salad

* In case you haven’t figured it out, EVOO stands for Extra Virgin Olive Oil. 😉

So tell me, do you think salads are substantial meals in themselves? Do you like pomegranate? What’s your favourite tropical fruit? Are there any fruits and vegetables you simply refuse to eat?

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