Couscous Salad With Chickpeas, Dates & Cinnamon

Total Time
Prep 20 mins
Cook 15 mins

The richness of Saigon Cinnamon flavors this salad, created by Chef Suzanne Goin of Lucques in Los Angeles. Dates, carrots and toasted pine nuts add color and complexity to the couscous.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Finely chop white part of green onions.
  2. Slice green parts; reserve for salad.
  3. Heat 1 tablespoon of the oil in medium saucepan on medium heat.
  4. Add white onion pieces; cook and stir 5 minutes.
  5. Stir in chicken broth, cinnamon, 1/4 teaspoon of the black pepper and red pepper and bring to boil.
  6. Add couscous; cover. Remove pan from heat. Let stand 5 minutes.
  7. Whisk vinegar, 1/2 teaspoon of the salt and remaining 6 tablespoons oil in small bowl.
  8. Fluff couscous with fork; spoon into large bowl.
  9. Add sliced green onions, chickpeas, carrots, dates, pine nuts, remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt and remaining 1/4 teaspoon black pepper; toss lightly.
  10. Add vinaigrette; toss again.
  11. Serve immediately or refrigerate until ready to serve.
  12. Garnish with chopped cilantro, if desired.
Most Helpful

This has been my goto recipe for years when having guests over midday or overnight guests that you want to feed on the way out the door. Fabulous when slightly warm and even better the next day.

4 5

Good recipe, but felt like it needed just a bit more depth in the taste. I ended up adding some curry powder. I liked the mix of textures in the dish, though.

5 5

Very good! I used vegetable broth and plain white vinegar (and I didn't toast the pine nuts). I'm sure we will have this again! Thank you! Reviewed for Newest Zaar Tag 08A.