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Author Notes: This salad represent a New Year blessing for as many good wishes for the up coming year as the number of the seeds in a pomegranate. You should have pretty good year after eating this salad since it is not only very tasty, sweet and sour, but also pretty healthy. Not your usual appetizer salad. You can make it both with couscous or burglar, the burglar version will be better the next day. —Cordelia
Serves 10-12 as appetizer
- 1 1/2 cups of instant couscous or 2 cups of medium course burglar
- 5 dates cut into small pieces
- 1/4 bunch parsley
- 3/4 cups pomegranate seeds
- 1/2 cup small red onion
- 1/2 cup pine nuts roasted lightly in a dry pan
- 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 2 tablespoons pomegranate concentration
- Juice from half a lemon
- 1 tablespoon honey
- salt & pepper
- Prepare the couscous: bring 2 cups of water to a boil. Add the instant couscous, cover the pot and remove from the heat. Wait 10 minutes. Transfer to a bawl, fluff with a fork and let it cool a bit. If you use burglar: submerge the burglar in a lot of hot tap water for an hour or so, until soft but not mushy. Drain well.
- Put in a bowl and add all other ingredients except for the pine nuts.
- 4. Mix all dressing ingredients in a jar, shake well and pour on the burglar mixture and mix well.
- Let it rest in the fridge for at least an hour and even over night.
- Add the pine nuts just before serving, so they won't become soggy.
- Optional: add thinly cut mint leaves from bout 3-4 springs
- This recipe was entered in the contest for Your Best Couscous Dish