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Israeli Couscous Salad with Pomegranate Seeds, Pistachios, and Hummus Vinaigrette

Israeli Couscous Salad with Hummus Vinaigrette is a new favorite for me. It’s hearty, delicious, and delivers layers of contrasting flavors and textures.

Israeli couscous salad with pomegranate seeds

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Israeli Couscous Salad with pomegranate seeds, pistachios, and feta cheese

Ever since Juliana posted her easy pomegranate-seeding method, I’ve been keeping my eye out for recipes that use those precious little sweet-tart jewels. I wanted to put this magical secret to good use.

Israeli Couscous Salad is an ideal potluck dish

This Israeli Couscous Salad incorporates pistachios and pomegranate seeds, both beautiful and flavorful salad add-ins. I was going to a potluck luncheon, and this seemed like the opportunity to bust out my new pomegranate-seeding expertise.

As it turns out, most people don’t care that much about how to seed a pomegranate. Although my hosts did their best to humor me, they were rather nonplussed by my masterful way with this exotic Mediterranean fruit.

The good thing is that everyone loved my Israeli couscous salad. I used large Israeli couscous and added crumbled Feta cheese for extra flavor.

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Israeli Couscous Salad with Pomegranate Seed, Pistachios, and Hummus Vinaigrette

Robin Donovan
Adapted from Food & Wine. This is a great way to use up leftover cooked couscous. The dressing can be whisked together in a bowl, but is especially easy to make in a food processor—chop the parsley leaves in the processor first, then add the other ingredients and process until smooth.
5 from 3 votes
Course Salad Recipes
Cuisine Middle Eastern
Servings 4


  • 1/4 cup finely minced flat-leaf parsley or ½ cup whole flat-leaf parsley leaves
  • ½ cup prepared hummus
  • 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 4 cups cooked Israeli couscous
  • 1/2 cup coarsely chopped roasted unsalted pistachios
  • 1/2 cup pomegranate seeds
  • 4 ounces crumbled Feta cheese


  • Combine the parsley, hummus, white wine vinegar, and water and mix until smooth and well combined.
  • In a medium bowl, combine the cooked couscous and the vinaigrette, stirring to ensure that the pasta is well coated.
  • Stir in the pomegranate seeds and pistachios, reserving some of each for garnish.
  • Crumble the cheese over, top with the remaining seeds and nuts and serve.
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By on February 25th, 2011


Hi, I’m Robin! I am a full-time food blogger, recipe developer, and cookbook author. I spend my days cooking, writing about, and photographing food.

I’m the author of more than 50 cookbooks, including Ramen for Beginners5 Ingredient Cooking for TwoSushi at HomeThe Baking Cookbook for Teens, and the bestselling Campfire Cuisine.

My food writing has also been featured in major print and online pubications including Cooking Light, Fitness, San Jose Mercury News, San Francisco Chronicle, and others. → More about Robin

3 thoughts on “Israeli Couscous Salad with Pomegranate Seeds, Pistachios, and Hummus Vinaigrette”

  1. YUM!!! I’ve been fantasizing about this ever since I read Robin’s post. I finally made it today. So easy, delicious, and rather beautiful, too. I used mint instead of parsley since that’s what I happened to have had in the fridge. Delicious.


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