Couscous with Dates, Pine Nuts and Pomegranate Vinaigrette

Couscous with Dates, Pine Nuts and Pomegranate Vinaigrette


  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 teaspoon orange zest
  • 1/2 cup freshly squeezed orange juice, plus 4 tablespoons, divided
  • 1/8 teaspoon cardamom
  • 1 cup instant couscous
  • 2 tablespoons pomegranate molasses
  • 1 teaspoon, plus 1/4 cup olive oil, divided
  • 2 tablespoon fresh mint leaves, chopped
  • 1/2 cup dates, diced
  • 1/3 cup toasted pine nuts
  • 1/3 cup fresh scallions, sliced thin on the diagonal
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Garnishes: fresh mint leaves, orange slices, pomegranate arils


In a medium saucepan, bring the water, 1/2 cup of orange juice, orange zest, cardamom and 1 teaspoon olive oil to a boil. Stir in couscous, stir, cover pan and remove from the heat. Let rest, covered, for 5 minutes.

In a small bowl, whisk together the 4 tablespoons of orange juice and pomegranate molasses. Add 1/4 cup olive oil while whisking. Fold in the chopped mint leaves. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Uncover the couscous and fluff with a fork. Place in a large mixing bowl. Add the dates and the vinaigrette and toss until well coated. Serve sprinkled with the pine nuts, the scallions, some fresh mint leaves, orange slices, and PLENTY of pomegranate seeds. Bon appétit!

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