It's Eating the Alphabet challenge time! This month's letters? ... P, Q, or R. Oh, wow, there were so many possibilities with this letter set. Despite that, though, it was not hard for me to choose my dish to share ... I immediately knew I was going to share this Couscous Salad with Pomegranate Seeds & Mint. It's one of my all-time absolute favorites!
I know, I know ... the flavor combination may sound a bit, well, ... odd. But believe me, it's soooooo good. The sweetness of the pomegranate seeds and dried currants, with the 'refreshingness' (yup, I think I just made that word up) of the fresh mint is wonderful. And the pomegranate seeds and walnuts also bring a fantabulous crunch. Mmmmmmm, mmmmm ... yummy for my tummy. It makes my tummy do a little happy dance.
Now, you can certainly seed your own pomegranate ... click here for a great tutorial on that. One word of caution on this topic ... do heed the advice to do this with the pomegranate underwater. I may have learned this lesson the hard way. I plead the 5th.
And this may .. or may not ... be why I now cheat with this little task. See? Beautiful pomegranate seeds all already out of their pomegranate wrapper. Ahhhhhhh, you gotta love Trader Joe's.
Aren't the colors of this salad gorgeous? I think so! ... Little currant, pomegranate, and mint leaf gems sprinkled throughout to make your eyes ... and tummy ... happy. So go ahead ... grab some pomegranate seeds and fresh mint and give your tummy a little happy dance!
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Couscous Salad with Pomegranate Seeds & Mint
Source: Adapted from Cooking Light magazine
1 (10 oz.) box plain couscous
1 T. extra virgin olive oil
1/2 c. pomegranate seeds (approximately 1/2 of a pomegranate)
1/2 c. chopped walnuts
About 1/3 c. chopped fresh mint
About 1/3 c. chopped fresh parsley
2 T. dried currants
1. Prepare couscous according to package directions. Fluff couscous with a fork and place in a large bowl. Mix in remaining ingredients.
2. Chill for about an hour prior to serving.
Note: This is also wonderful served immediately, while still hot, as a side dish.