This is a super-healthy dish packed full of omega-3. Sumac is made from the dried berries of a flowering plant that are ground to produce an acidic, reddish- purple powder that is very popular in the Middle East.

Serves 4


  • 250g (9oz) couscous
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil, plus a little extra, if liked
  • 500ml (18fl oz) boiling water
  • 75g (3oz) rice flour
  • 1 tbsp sumac, plus extra to garnish
  • 150g (5oz) salmon portions, skinned
  • 75g (3oz) toasted pumpkin seeds
  • 2 tbsp flax seeds
  • finely grated rind of 1 lemon
  • 2 large handfuls of watercress
  • 1 small pomegranate, halved and seeds removed (skin discarded)
  • lemon wedges, to garnish

Harissa Yoghurt:

  • 2 heaped tbsp thick Greek yoghurt
  • 2 tsp harissa paste
  • sea salt
  • freshly ground black pepper

To Cook:

Place the couscous in a heatproof bowl and season well, then stir in 1 teaspoon of the oil. Pour over the boiling water, cover tightly with cling film and set aside.

Heat the rest of the olive oil in a large non-stick frying pan over a medium to high heat. Put the rice flour in a shallow dish with the sumac and season generously with salt and pepper. Dust the salmon in the flour mixture, shaking off any excess. Add to the heated oil in the frying pan and cook for 2–3 minutes  on each side, until crisp and golden.

Meanwhile, fluff up the couscous with a fork, then fold in the pumpkin seeds and flaxseeds with the lemon rind. At the last moment, roughly chop the watercress and toss it through the couscous with the pomegranate seeds.

Mix the yoghurt and harissa together in a small bowl and season to taste. Cover with cling film and chill until needed.

Arrange the crispy salmon on plates and add an extra light sprinkling of sumac. Add a small mound of the couscous, then drizzle over a little extra olive oil, if liked. Garnish with lemon wedges and add a spoonful of the harissa yoghurt to serve.



Recipe and image courtesty of Bord Bia