Chickpea couscous salad with pomegranate seeds and a cumin vinaigrette is the perfect side to any weeknight meal. It’s filled with feel-good ingredients and comes together in just 30 minutes.
Chickpea Couscous Salad with Cumin Vinaigrette
This light yet flavorful pearl couscous salad is filled with so many fresh flavors like mint, parsley and pomegranate seeds. It gets tossed in a zesty cumin vinaigrette which brings all of the flavors together.
I love salads that can double as meal prep, and this recipe is just that. You can serve it cold or at room temperature, and it will keep fresh in the fridge for 3-4 days.
Plus, it comes together in just 30 minutes which is always a huge win in my book.
How to prepare pearl couscous
Pearl couscous is easy to make and, unlike regular pasta, doesn’t require draining the water. For added flavor, you can toast the couscous in olive oil until it browns before adding the water. I also love using couscous with turmeric for added color and flavor.
Let the couscous cook in boiling water for about 15 minutes until all of the water is absorbed. Let it rest for 5-10 minutes, then fluff it with a fork.
What you’ll need to make Chickpea Couscous Salad
Pearl Couscous: pearl couscous, also known as israeli couscous, is lightly toasted pasta pearls, and makes for one of my favorite bases for a hearty salad
Chickpeas: canned chickpeas add texture and crunch, while also providing some plant-based protein and fiber
Veggies: radishes and rainbow carrots add a pop of color
Pomegranate seeds: for a little added sweetness
Herbs: fresh mint and parsley add some extra fresh flavor
Walnuts: for a little crunch and omega-3 fats
Everything gets tossed in a zesty cumin vinaigrette made with olive oil, lemon juice, sweetened with date syrup, and flavored with cumin, salt & pepper. One of my favorite things about this salad is the longer it sits in the dressing, the better it tastes!
I love to crumble feta cheese over the top before serving it for some extra saltiness and flavor.
Pair this salad with your favorite protein for a fresh & delicious weeknight dinner. You guys are going to love this simple recipe! Be sure to tag me on Instagram if you try it 🙂