Haloumi and Lentil Salad

Yep, it’s HOT in Sydney right now. I don’t function very well in the heat. It makes me incredibly sluggish, and unfortunately, I get quite cranky and flustered. The thought of cooking in the sauna that is our house is cringe-worthy (if only we had air-conditioning!). But we still need to eat, and this weather is perfect for light, fresh salads.

One of my favourite salads is Haloumi and Lentil, from Taste.com.au. I love the combination of lentils with crunchy cucumber, thinly sliced red onion, slightly sweet tomatoes, and fresh herbs. Topped with pan-fried haloumi cheese, lemon juice and good quality extra virgin olive oil, this is the perfect summer dinner. I use parsley in this salad since I’m usually anti-mint, but the garden had no parsley left… Being 35℃ at 6.30pm last night, my heat-addled brain decided that mint was probably a great addition to the salad to cool us down. And it was.

Haloumi and Lentil Salad (Serves 2)

  • 400g can of brown lentils, drained and rinsed
  • 1/2 a small red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 small Lebanese cucumber, chopped
  • 2 tomatoes, chopped – or use halved cherry tomatoes
  • Small handful of fresh mint leaves, chopped
  • Lemon
  • Block of haloumi
  • Olive oil, and extra virgin olive oil
  1. Combine lentils, onion, cucumber, tomatoes, and mint in a bowl. Season then toss to combine.
  2. Cut haloumi into 1 cm thick slices. Rinse and pat-dry with paper towels.
  3. Heat a pan on medium-high – I find non-stick pans don’t work with haloumi, so I use a regular pan. Add olive oil and pan fry haloumi 2-3 minutes each side, or until golden brown. Drain haloumi on paper towel.
  4. Dress salad in lemon juice and extra virgin olive oil, top with haloumi and serve with lemon wedges.

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Filed under Easy, Healthy, Quick, Salad

7 responses to “Haloumi and Lentil Salad

  1. Ooh two of my favourite healthy items! I love eating halloumi but I always have to finish the packet :P

  2. So delicious. I love this salad too! :-)

  3. These looks perfect for this crazy weather. I love haloumi. Delicious.

  4. Can’t get enough of that squishy texture of haloumi!:)

  5. Yum! I’m the same re heat and we still don’t have aircon either. Crazy! I like the sound of this . Simple. Easy. Delicious! Looks great x

  6. Yummy, haloumi and lentils, yep, two winners!

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