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Festive Couscous Salad

This couscous salad recipe is so easy and an attractive dish to add to your festive table. It is great as a side or even as a main for another night.

Serves: 6-8 as a side dish | Estimated Time: 20-25 min


  • 2 cups CLIC plain couscous
  • 1 cup CLIC Chickpeas (rinsed and drained)
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¾ cup raisins
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • ½ teaspoon ground coriander
  • Seeds from 1 pomegranate
  • ¼ cup cilantro (coriander), chopped


  1. Add two cups of boiling water to the two cups of couscous in a bowl. Add one tablespoon olive oil, salt, raisins and spices. Stir to mix.
  2. Cover and leave until the water is absorbed and the couscous is tender, about 5-10 minutes.
  3. Remove lid, fluff the couscous with a fork, add prepared chickpeas, and remaining ingredients.
  4. Reserving some for garnish, stir in pomegranate seeds and cilantro (coriander)

Pre-cooking dry CLIC Chickpeas: Soak chickpeas overnight in a large bowl containing 1 tbsp of salt and enough water to cover chickpeas completely. Drain and rinse chickpeas thoroughly. Place chickpeas in a large saucepan and add 3 to 4 cups (750 mL to 1 L) water per 1 cup of chickpeas. Boil for 10 minutes. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 60 to 75 minutes or until tender. Drain