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Date and lemon couscous salad with lemon dressing

  • 10 minutes
  • 12 minutes
  • 4
Date and lemon couscous salad with lemon dressing

Great to addition to the summer BBQ's.


  • 1½ cups hot water or chicken stock
  • 1 cup instant couscous
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 10-12 dates, pitted and quartered
  • grated rind of 2 juicy lemons
  • ¼-½ cup fresh parsley or coriander leaves
  • Lemon dressing
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons oil, olive or avocado is nice here
  • 1 teaspoon prepared mustard


  1. Pour the boiling water or stock over the couscous and stand for 10 minutes.
  2. Fluff with a fork and drizzle over the oil. Cover with plastic wrap.
  3. Microwave on high power (100%) for 2 mnutes. Fluff again and allow to cool a little.
  4. Stir in the dates, lemon rind, parsley or coriander leaves and lemon dressing.

Cooks Tips


- Add a handful of stuffed green olives, pistachio nuts or toasted almonds if wished.

- Fresh or dried dates can be used. Fresh dates are readily available and are far softer and sweeter than dried. To soften dried dates, toss into the couscous before pouring over the water or stock.

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