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Kale Couscous Pomegranate Salad

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Kale Couscous Pomegranate Salad is a healthy salad combining massaged kale, whole wheat couscous, pomegranate arils, silvered almonds and an olive oil and lemon dressing. This salad is beautiful and makes a nice addition to a brunch or your weekly lunches or dinners. 

Kale Couscous Pomegranate Salad - salad

Kale Couscous Pomegranate Salad

Does anyone else love couscous? It is a staple food in many North African countries and in some Middle Eastern countries. Many people use it as a side with meat or vegetables and some use it as a base for stew. You have probably noticed there are different types including a pearl couscous which is slightly larger, and that is the one I like to use in salads

While those are good options, my favorite way to use couscous is in salads.  It works really well because it doesn’t overpower the rest of your salad ingredients and just blends in to create texture.  I recently found aWhole Wheat Pearl Couscous that Bob Red Mill makes but any type of couscous pearl couscous will work just fine. I like the whole wheat version because it is a little bit healthier.

Kale Couscous Pomegranate Salad - the best salad

Kale Couscous Pomegranate Salad mixes sweet pomegranate arils {or seeds} with soft, freshly massaged kale, fresh mint and parsley, silvered almonds and olive oil and lemon juice. This salad is simple to make but is beautiful, fresh and light. If you are having a brunch or party this could be a nice salad to add to the menu. I like to make a batch on Sunday and eat it for lunches and dinners throughout the week.

Kale Couscous Pomegranate Salad - healthy

Lets talk about that kale for a minute. I love kale. I know a lot of people don’t feel the same way but I have slowly grown to really love it. I use it a lot in soups, pastas and salads. Sometimes I will eat kale in salads that hasn’t been massaged but a lot of time I like to massage kale that is going in my salads to help create a softer texture and bring the flavor out.

Speaking of massaging kale, a friend of mine could not figure out why people say “massaged kale.” But it really is that simple. You are using your hands to massage olive oil or whatever dressing or oil you want into the kale. By doing this for 3 to 4 minutes you are helping to break down the kale and create a softer texture and bring out the flavor.  I promise that is works and makes kale manageable for those that can’t handle the tough texture. If you want to give it a try start with this Simple Massaged Kale Salad with Lemon Dressing.

Kale Couscous Pomegranate Salad - healthy lunch

So with today’s Kale Couscous Pomegranate Salad you will massage the kale using olive oil and a dash of salt for 3 to 4 minutes while the couscous cooks. Then you will combine all of the ingredients in a large salad bowl, toss to combine and you have yourself this healthy, pretty salad.

Kale Couscous Pomegranate Salad - packed with flavor

For those that enjoy couscous you have to give this salad a try. The sweet pomegranate arils, soft kale, crunchy silvered almonds and the olive oil lemon dressing pair so nicely together.

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This is the Whole Wheat Pearl Couscous that I use. 

Kale Couscous Pomegranate Salad - salad

Kale Couscous Pomegranate Salad

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

Kale Couscous Pomegranate Salad is a healthy salad combining massaged kale, whole wheat couscous, pomegranate arils, silvered almonds and an olive oil and lemon dressing. This salad is beautiful and makes a nice addition to a brunch or your weekly lunches or dinners.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup whole wheat couscous {cook according to the directions}
  • 4 cups chopped kale, ribs removed and discarded
  • 2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup pomegranate arils {the seeds in the pomegranate}
  • 1/4 cup freshly chopped mint
  • 1/4 cup freshly chopped parsley
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup silvered almonds
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Cook the couscous according to the package directions. Remove when done and run under cold water in a strainer and set aside.
  2. In a large mixing bowl or salad bowl combine the olive oil, kale and a dash of salt and pepper. Using your hands massage the kale for 3- 4 minutes {or until the kale is reduced down to about half the size it was}. Add the pomegranate arils, fresh mint and parsley, lemon juice, silvered almonds and salt and pepper to taste and toss the salad to combine. Add the couscous into the salad and toss again to combine.
  3. You can serve this warm as a side dish or refrigerate it for a few hours and serve it cold.

Notes

If this salad sits overnight you will want to add more olive oil and lemon to taste.

Try adding crumbled feta cheese to this salad.

Other vegetable ideas that would go nicely in this salad are cucumber, tomato and red onion.

I have also tried kalamata olives in this salad which is a nice addition.

Serving size is about 1 1/4 cups of salad.

Kale Couscous Pomegranate Salad - nutritional information

 

More couscous salad recipes:

Autumn Pearl Couscous Salad with Roasted Butternut Squash // Little Spice Jar

Israeli Couscous Recipe // Skinny Mom

Mediterranean Chopped Salad // The Cafe

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Kale Couscous Pomegranate Salad - easy to make

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Wendi

Thursday 11th of February 2016

Wow! That is a beautiful salad - and I bet it is yummy too. I had no idea about massaging Kale - I'm glad you explained it. I have seen kale salads in the past and avoided them because my impression of uncooked kale was, "Ewww, leathery and chewy and it grows in your mouth". Perhaps this would work out a lot better. Thanks for sharing!

Julia

Thursday 11th of February 2016

Yes! It really makes the kale so much softer and less bitter. You have to try it. It might change the way you think about kale salads! ;)

Jessica @ A Kitchen Addiction

Wednesday 10th of February 2016

I love using couscous in salads! This looks so good!

Julia

Wednesday 10th of February 2016

I love it too! Thanks so much!

Bita

Tuesday 9th of February 2016

Beautiful dish! I would love to try that sometime. Thank you for sharing! Love pomegranates and almonds - great crunch!

Julia

Tuesday 9th of February 2016

Thanks Bita! It is one of my favorites for lunch. And yes, I love the crunch too!

Medha @ WhIsk & Shout

Tuesday 9th of February 2016

So delicious! I love pearl couscous and this whole wheat version sounds so hearty- pinning!

Julia

Tuesday 9th of February 2016

Thanks Medha! Pearl couscous is great in salads!

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