You had me at ‘fried cheese’ …

Without a doubt – my favourite salad in the entire world.  You can add all sorts of things to this – peppers (aka capsicum), chili’s, mix it up with some cilantro (aka fresh coriander) or roasted butternut squash (aka pumpkin)— the sky is the limit!  Just don’t make the same mistake I did when I tried to make this the first time…havarti is not the same as haloumi (havarti will melt!)

Haloumi with Lentil Salad 3 

Make the lentil salad an hour or so before grilling the haloumi — this will allow the lentils to soak up the yummy flavours — tastes great the next day too! 

Haloumi and lentil salad

Serves four

  • 2 x 400g cans brown lentils, drained, rinsed
  • 1/2 – 1 small red onion, thinly sliced (depends on how much you like onion)
  • 1 English cucumber, halved, sliced (about 1 cup total)
  • 3tomatoes, chopped (or 1 cup of cherry tomatoes)
  • 3/4 cup mint leaves, shredded
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 250g block haloumi cheese
  • 2 tablespoons plain flour
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • Salt and pepper to season

Combine lentils, onion, cucumber, tomatoes, mint, lemon juice and oil in a bowl. Season with salt and pepper and mix to combine.  Allow this to hang out for an hour if you can, if you cant — its still good!

Cut haloumi lengthways into about 8 slices. Pat-dry with paper towels. Dust lightly with flour and shake off excess.

Heat oil in a non-stick frying pan over medium heat. Cook haloumi, in batches, for 2 minutes each side, or until golden.  Drain

Top the salad with the haloumi — done!

Haloumi with Lentil Salad 

1 thought on “You had me at ‘fried cheese’ …

  1. I LOVE this salad. I make a travel friendly version that uses feta instead of the fried haloumi. Delicious and healthy… it’s a thing of beauty.

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