Friday, 17 May 2013

Recipe | Halloumi & Chickpea Salad


Definitely one of the yummiest salads that I've ever created! I can't remember for the life of me where I found this recipe as I have a tendency to scribble ones I find in magazines and online into a little recipe book which I have - I think it was from the Good Food Magazine though? ANYWAY. I thought I'd share my take on this dish as I did decide to add a couple of ingredients! :)

What you'll need:
  • 2 handfuls rocket salad mix (I used 1 handful rocket & 1 handful spinach)
  • 2 tbsp tinned chickpeas (drained and rinsed)
  • 80g green beans (blanched and chopped)
  • 1 tbsp grated carrot
  • A few sundried tomatoes
  • Some semi-sundried (I think!!) red peppers
  • 2 slices grilled halloumi ( I used low fat)
  • 1 tbsp low-fat dressing (I used low-fat balsamic)
My sundried tomatos and red peppers also had some feta and mini mozzarella balls thrown (advantages of using the deli counter at Tescos!) but I'm a huge cheese lover so just used it as an excuse for a bit of a treat. The rest is easy - simply throw it all together in a bowl, give it a toss and chuck the grilled halloumi on top!
If you've never cooked halloumi before it's super easy, just cut a couple of slices that are about 3-5mm thick, spray some low-cal spray into a pan and fry on a medium heat for a minute or two each side. Halloumi is also great at BBQs because you can grill it on there as well without it going all gooey and soggy!

I love recipes like this as it is SO easy to add and drop ingredients depending on what food you have in your cupboards and fridge. I also fed this to the boyf although I added some chopped-up chicken breast, and also replaced the balsamic dressing for some Sriracha sauce to spice things up a little which he really enjoyed! I even got the highly acclaimed comment of "You're starting to get pretty good at cooking to be honest.." which is high praise indeed coming from this fussy eater! (Love you really!!)

So there we have it I guess! If you have any recipes that you think I should give a go, then leave them in the comments below!! :)

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