couscous salad

Sweet Couscous Salad with Dried Dates & Apricots

A creamy couscous salad with goat cheese, dried fruit and sweet spices. Fingers-licking good!

“We should cook with couscous more often”, said my boyfriend Maarten recently. I nodded and agreed. The jar of couscous stood on the counter untouched for too long already.

I pulled open the refrigerator and together we inspected the shelves, looking for leftovers that we could use in the couscous dish. We found a cucumber, goat cheese and a red bell pepper that we needed to finish. “With cinnamon and mint!”, Maarten suggested.

I added some sunflower seeds, dried dates and apricots to it and half an hour later we had a deliciously sweet, summery couscous dish on the table.

Of course I can’t keep the recipe to myself:

Serves: 2
Prep time & cooking time: 20 minutes total

2.3 cups couscous (dry)
8 dates dates, cut into pieces and soaked in hot water for 10 minutes
8 dried apricots, cut into pieces and soaked in hot water for 10 minutes
2 tablespoons pumpkin seeds
1 red bell pepper, finely diced
1 small cucumber, peeled and cut into small cubes
3 1/2 OZ goat cheese
2 tablespoons agave syrup
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon cardamom
1/2 teaspoon mint (freeze-dried)

Bring 2 cups water to the boil in a saucepan. Optional: add a pinch of salt.
Turn off the heat as soon as the water boils and add the couscous. Leave for 2 minutes.
Put the couscous in the refrigerator to cool for about 5 minutes.
Add the bell pepper, cucumber, apricots, dates, pumpkin seeds, cinnamon, cardamom, mint and agave syrup and stir.
Divide the salad between 2 plates and crumble the goat cheese on top.


We used soft goat cheese. Mixed with the couscous makes this salad creamy. If you like your salad to have a dryer texture, opt to use hard goat cheese.
Instead of agave syrup you can use honey.

Tip >> you’ll love this sweet quinoa salad!

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(c) Image. Note: this recipe is not gluten free. These grains are gluten free.

About Angela

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  1. Het ziet er héérlijk uit 😉 maar hoeveel calorieën zitten er in deze salade? Ik hoor graag.

  2. Mmm, klinkt lekker! Een combinatie waar ik zelf niet aan gedacht heb, maar ik ga het zeker eens proberen.
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  3. Oh dit ziet er echt heerlijk uit. Ik ben dol op dit soort combinaties.
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