Heavenly Halloumi Salad – Curb Your Hunger
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What did the cheese say to herself in the mirror?
Ok then, if you’ll forgive me, onto the halloumi salad. No more cheese jokes. Not even the one about the explosion at the cheese factory. Which was awful.
De-brie was everywhere and the Swiss riddled with holes. Sorry! I’ll gouda way now.
Ok, seriously, onto the halloumi salad. I know you’re not here to read terrible jokes. Even if they’re awesome.
This halloumi salad is one ridiculously tasty mofo. That squidgy, squashy succulent halloumi goes sooooo well the with slightly salted quinoa and zesty lime. It makes my stomach rumble just to think of it.
This also the kind of dish that is just incredibly versatile.
Not only can it be packed and taken to work (it’ll stop you falling prey to all that rubbish, expensive and ultimately unsatisfying convenience food out there) – it’s perfect for any season, too.
It goes without saying that the lovely lime nods you towards a sunny summer’s day, but it works equally well as a comforting winter food or in the run up to Christmas.
Actually, it’s a great Christmas starter idea (there are more Christmas ideas here, too).
Halloumi salad is also a great choice if you’re looking to eat more healthily.
It packs in looooads of protein, fiber, plenty of nutrients and certainly keeps you feeling full – important to stop us from unhealthy and unwanted snacking.
New Year – New Halloumi Salad
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Dave, tired after two days in our Berlin kitchen studio but proud of our halloumi salad 😀
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The 30 Day Vegan Challenge – the same as above but with a focus on cutting out the eggs and dairy, too. It’s a great way to start the new year.
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For the quinoa:
- ⅔ cup quinoa
- Salt to taste (for the quinoa)
For the dressing and salad:
- 2 tsp olive oil
- 1.5 cups chickpeas (drained and rinsed, 1.5 cups = 1 can)
- 2 cups arugula (rocket)
- 1 tsp sweet paprika
- 1 lime (juiced and zested)
For the cheese:
- 5 oz halloumi cheese
- 6 tbsp hummus
- Cook the quinoa according to packet instructions with a little salt. We find it best to use double the amount of water to quinoa, and cook until water has evaporated. Take off heat and cover with a tea towel for five minutes.⅔ cup quinoa, Salt to taste
Dressing and salad:
- In the meantime, drain and rinse the chickpeas. Give the arugula/rocket a quick wash and shake. Put them into a large bowl.1.5 cups chickpeas, 2 cups arugula
- Mix the juice and zest of the lime with the olive oil. Add the sweet paprika.2 tsp olive oil, 1 lime, 1 tsp sweet paprika
- Fry the halloumi for 2-3 minutes each side, then chop it into bite-size pieces.5 oz halloumi cheese
- When the quinoa is ready, combine it with the chickpeas and arugula/rocket. Stir through the lime-oil mix. Serve in bowls with the halloumi on top and hummus. Enjoy!6 tbsp hummus
Looks great but what is Rocket? Another word for some kind of green? Never heard of Halloumi cheese
Haha right, rocket is also known as arugula. I always forget that! Will add it to the recipe. Halloumi is a Greek cheese popular throughout Europe. It can also be found in the US quite easily, we’ve been told 🙂
Oooooh Dave, halloumi is definitely not a Greek cheese, it’s aCypriot.
Ah what?! How did I get that wrong? You’re absolutely right, I just rechecked on wiki. Looks like I’ve got some re-writing to do. Thanks Johan!!
Thanks for your quick answer. I can now try the recipe. Yeah
No problem, enjoy! I hope you can find the halloumi 🙂
well, yum, apparently. But where would I get halloumi? Or can I make it?
Hi! Are you in the US? I have heard it isn’t as popular there as in Europe…yet! I would definitely try a Greek or Cypriot or general Mediterannean store of you have one nearby – or maybe a speciality supermarket? A quick google also says making your own shouldn’t be too hard: https://cheesemaking.com/products/halloumi-cheese-making-recipe
I’d say it’s worth it for the salad 😀 enjoy!
Hello from Greece! The recipe looks great! Here we don’t usually buy chickpeas in a can so could you tell me how many grams are in a can? (I buy chickpeas locally and boil them in batches and then freeze the quantity that won’t be used).
Hey Evi! Yes, good question. I just checked, and the can I have is 400g, and the weight without water 240g. So however many dried chickpeas you need to make 240g when wet is the same amount. I had a quick look, and it seems like dry makes about 2.2 – 2.5x the weight in wet. So something like 100g of dried chickpeas should be about right. I hope that helps (and makes sense!). Enjoy the recipe!
Thank you for this healthy recipe, guys !
First time cooking halloumi 🙂 also, the proportions are perfect.
Just did it for 1 portion – such a fresh for a light nutritious dinner for the summer.
Very happy to help! Glad you enjoyed the halloumi, I love it as well!
Can I make this for 2 and keep some in the fridge for the following day?
Oh absolutely! You might want to ‘re-fry’ the halloumi again or actually fry the 2nd serving of halloumi on the following day. It only takes a couple of minutes.