Couscous Salad with Chickpeas, Dates and Cinnamon


  • 3 scallions
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 (14.5 oz) can chicken broth
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper
  • 1 cup couscous, uncooked
  • 3 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 6 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 (19 oz) can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 2 cups shredded carrots
  • 1 cup dates, pitted and roughly chopped
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts, toasted
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro


  1. Finely dice white end of onions. Slice green parts of onions and reserve for salad. Gently cook white onion pieces in olive oil 5-7 minutes in a medium saucepan. Stir in chicken broth, cinnamon, 1/4 teaspoon black pepper and red pepper. Bring to a boil; add couscous. Cover and remove pan from heat. Let stand 5 minutes.
  2. Whisk together vinegar, 1/2 teaspoon salt and olive oil in a small bowl.
  3. Fluff couscous with a fork; put in a large bowl. Toss in sliced green onions, chickpeas, carrots, dates, pine nuts, remaining salt and pepper; add vinaigrette and toss again. Serve right away or chill. Garnish with cilantro.

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