What did the cheese say when it looked in the mirror? Halloumi!
Now I don’t know about you but I’m obsessed with Halloumi, and all my friends are too. Nobody cares what drinks are served at a party these days just as long as fat, salty slabs of Halloumi appear on the menu.
Living in a predominantly veggie household Halloumi is our go to treat to pimp up tried and tested dishes. No paneer? Try Halloumi with daal instead. Salad leaves not doing it for you tonight? Brighten it up with a couple of slices. Bored of parmesan on your pasta? My friend swears by grated Halloumi as a topping.
One of the simplest dishes you can make is a Halloumi salad. I like my salads to be substantial (like this shredded chicken and avocado number) and by pairing Halloumi with quinoa you’ve got yourself a filling meal. Pimp it up with some toasted pine nuts if you’re really out to impress.
Halloumi and quinoa salad recipe
Cook the quinoa as instructed on the packet and leave to cool.
Dice the cucumber and set aside. Slightly toast the pine nuts in a dry frying pan whilst the quinoa is cooling.
Once cool, mix the quinoa with a large handful of salad leaves (I like a mix of spinach, rocket and kale) and the cucumber.
Slice the Halloumi and fry in a splash of oil over a medium heat, turning when golden marks appear.
Place the Halloumi on top of the salad and finish by sprinkling the toasted pine nuts on top.