Wednesday 25 January 2012

Recipe - Halloumi Salad

This is not something you see every day on this blog - a vegetarian recipe. I have to admit that it did taste really nice, even if I say so myself. It was good enough for me to have it as dinner one day and then I had the leftovers for lunch the next day. Then swiftly I had lots of meat for dinner on the second day, just to even things out again.

Just to try and trick myself into thinking that I was eating meat I kept referring to the halloumi as moomin meat. One of my twitter friends, Johanna, soon informed me that cottage cheese is known as moomin mince. I'm not sure if the shops label it as that yet though.

Although vegetarian I'd say that this recipe is pretty much in the freestyling way I recommend. Use whatever stuff you got at home that you think could work together. Pickled beetroot could for example work really well with this.

I made a simple vinaigrette with some olive oil and Cabernet Sauvignon vinegar but you can leave that out or use any dressing you think would work with it.

Well, let's not spend too much time mulling over the fact that I assembled a vegetarian dish, let's have a look at the recipe.

Ingredients (serves 4)
Olive oil
Smoked Paprika
Halloumi (about 225g - 250g)
Black Beluga Lentils
Plum tomatoes, quartered
Red onion, thinly sliced
Edamame beans
Rocket leafs

Mix the flour and smoked paprika on a plate. Take the halloumi cheese out of its packaging and pat it dry with some kitchen towel. Press the halloumi onto the flour and paprika mix, making sure to coat all sides.

Heat a frying pan on a medium heat. Pour in some olive oil and let that heat up. Add in the halloumi and fry on all sides until it colours up nicely. Remove from the heat and dice up the halloumi.

Assemble all components on plates in a nice and orderly fashion.



  1. Michael, I certainly didn't expect to find a vegetarian recipe here! And, just think, if you used tofu instead of halloumi, it would be a VEGAN recipe! I'm astonished!

  2. Jean,

    What can I say - sometimes I can surprise in a good way too.

    I think that going vegan could be one step too far though. ;)

    As a good friend said to me about this dish - "it would be really nice as a side salad for a good steak".

    // Mike


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