Halloumi, red pepper and pumpkin seed salad

Halloumi Salad
I love halloumi. I mean, who doesn’t love halloumi! My husband recently discovered it goes beautifully with cucumber. Seriously, try a slice of each, just on top of each other and take a bite. Salty and refreshing all at once. Delicious!

The other night I had a couple of friends over for dinner and found this such an easy option. I added some garlic bread on the side, a glass of prosecco (of course) and we were sorted! By serving the salad on a large dish it looks really impressive, and it mean’s people can help themselves – I love this kind of dinner.

I find with the halloumi it is filling and satisfying enough to not feel the need to add meat. This means it’s also a great option when I have veggies to dinner (which I did on the night!). The pumpkin seeds had a nice crunch to the salad too.

This recipe feeds 5.

Ingredients

– 2 x packets of halloumi, sliced
– 1 x red pepper, sliced into strips
– 1 x yellow pepper, sliced into strips
– 1/3 cup pumpkin seeds
– 12 x cherry tomatoes, halved
– 1 x avocado, cubed
– 1/3 cucumber, sliced and then halved
– 1 x large bag of salad leaves
– Dressing of your choice (I love to use olive oil and balsamic vinegar drizzled over mine)

In a large frying pan add your halloumi and fry (no oil needed) on a medium to high heat. It will need about 3 to 4 minutes before it starts to brown. Once thats in the pan, in another frying pan add the peppers and fry on a medium heat. Stir occasionally. If you are accompanying it with garlic bread – remember to put it in the oven now!

Keep an eye on your halloumi – you don’t want it to burn. Once it’s got a nice brown colour turn all the halloumi to brown the other side. At this point, add the pumpkin seeds to the same pan as the peppers and leave to fry. Then start building your salad.

On a large dish, place a bed of salad leaves and top with the tomatoes, avocado and cucumber. For the last minute or so of cooking, add the peppers and pumpkin seeds to the halloumi pan. Give a good stir. I like to bring it all together in one pan at the end to add some saltiness to the peppers and seeds. Makes for a very tasty salad!

Then add the halloumi, red peppers and pumpkin seeds to the salad. I like to just place it on top of the salad you have prepared and take it out to the table for everyone to help themselves. I also bring out a couple of dressings for people to choose from and make their salad their own.

Halloumi Salad

I am loving serving up up a huge salad for friends when they come over at the minute – it’s quick and easy to whip up and it looks impressive too! It also went down a treat. I’ve got another great salad to share with you soon too, but in the mean time, I hope you enjoy this one!


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