Christmas presents wrapped – tick.
Guest bedroom tidied – tick.
Christmas menu planned – tick.
Train timetable sent to guests – tick.
You get the drift. It is full on Christmas mode Chez Recipe From A Pantry and I am loving every moment of it. I think I am even more excited than the kiddoes. I am the one who wakes up every morning and ticks the it is only 30 more sleeps till Christmas calendar. Sad but true.
And trying this orange pistachio pomegranate couscous salad makes it even more christmassy.
Tips On How To Make Couscous Salad
The first thing is obviously making the couscous. You need the perfect fluffy couscous which forms the base of the salad. The secret to getting couscous right every time is the right couscous to liquid ration which volume wise is 1 to 1. So 1 cups / 180g couscous to 1 cup / 240ml of liquid. Read this post to find out more about how to cook couscous in 10 mins.
For savoury couscous salads, you can use either hot water or stock as the liquid. However, for fruity couscous salads it is worth using only water as you get to add taste later on with salad dressings and fruit juices.
My preference for dressing couscous is either adding in some citrus juice ie orange, lemon or lime juice or adding a bit of balsamic vinaigrette dressing. A little bit of citrus zest works wonder too.
For a fruity couscous salad, you need to add fruits of course. Don’t be hesitant to add a mixture of fresh fruits, burst in your mouth juicy fruits and dried fruit for texture and taste. Nuts also make a great addition along with spring onions (scallions) which add a little bit of a bite.
For more savoury couscous salads you can think about adding items like cheese, chicken and other meats, spices and spice pastes and you can also add in a few fruits for that little extra sweetness.
Ingredients for this orange pistachio pomegranate couscous salad
So the ingredients of this christmas couscous salad are
Chopped pistachio chopped
Dried sweetened cranberries
All good stuff really and hopefully lots of stuff that you already have in your pantry or fridge. Make the couscous, add the rest of the ingredients, mix it all together and if you have time then let it stand for an hour for all the flavours to meld together.
And guys, this couscous salad is on the Christmas menu this year as it is certainly full of Christmas flavours – sweetness from the cranberries and the juicy pomegranate, nutty crunch from the pistachios and flavours from the oranges and mint. It is super easy to make and so colourful and welcoming that it deserves its own song and dance moment in the festivities. Your vegan and vegetarian friends would be pretty happy with this offering.
If you want more quick and easy salad recipes then why not check out these below.
And if you want more vegan recipes, check out this list of 10 vegan Instant Pot recipes.
Here is how to make this orange pistachio pomegranate couscous salad. Please do try it and if you do make it, then please do tag #recipesfromapantry on Instagram or twitter so that I can pop over and have a look. It is really, really awesome for me when you make any one of my recipes. You can also share it on my Facebook page.
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This post has been updated in Oct 2017. The previous picture from Dec 2014 is here.
- 360 g (2 cups) couscous
- 500 ml (2 cups) boiling water
- 2 tbsp lemon juice
- 8 tbsp orange juice
- 5 large oranges peeled, pitted and finely chopped
- 50 g (1/2 cup) pistachio chopped
- 100 g (1 cup) dried sweetened cranberries
- 4 large spring onions scallions, finely chopped
- 2 large handfuls of chopped mint
- Seeds from one pomegranate
- Add the couscous, salt and water into a bowl mix very well, then cover with a plate and let it stand for 5 minutes.
- Then stir it again and cover for another 5 minutes.
- Using a fork fluff up the couscous and add everything and mix well.