4 as a side

Jewelled Couscous

This is a simple couscous salad that’s great for adding colour and fantastic flavour to your meals. It’s refreshing, fruity and crunchy and the flecks of pomegranate shine like jewels making it a vibrant accompaniment for a summer BBQ, picnic or your week-night dinner.


Prepare the couscous according to the packet instructions and fluff with a fork to separate the grains. Allow to cool.

Toss through the herbs, pomegranate seeds, dried cherries, apricots and nuts. Season if required and finish with orange zest and a squeeze of juice.



  • 1 packet of Ainsley Harriott Couscous (Moroccan Medley or Spice Sensation work well)
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh mint
  • 2 tbsp chopped parsley
  • 50g pomegranate seeds
  • 1-2 tbsp dried sour cherries, barberries or cranberries
  • 4-6 soft dried apricots, chopped
  • 2 tbsp pistachios, roughly chopped
  • 2 tbsp pine nuts or flaked almonds, toasted
  • zest and juice of ½ orange or lemon