Wednesday, April 20, 2011

You had me at haloumi...

Let’s be honest - lentils are just about the most drab sounding food out there. However, with a bunch of fresh ingredients and the wonder of haloumi, you have yourself one seriously tasty dish. If you don’t believe me, try it for yourself - I dare you.

I whipped this dish up tonight in no time with my sister, Bel, and buddy, Bec, and we concluded that it will be a definite favourite this summer.

Haloumi & Lentil Salad

1 tin brown lentils, drained, rinsed
1/2 red onion, thinly sliced
1 Lebanese cucumber, halved, sliced
2-3 tomatoes, chopped
1/2 cup mint leaves, shredded
1/2 tin of corn kernels, drained, rinsed
couple of handfuls of fresh baby rocket (arugula)
juice of half a lemon
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
250g block haloumi cheese
2 tablespoons vegetable oil

  1. Combine lentils, onion, cucumber, tomatoes, mint, corn, rocket, lemon juice and oil in a bowl. Season with fresh cracked pepper then toss to combine.
  2. Cut haloumi lengthways (about 4mm thick).
  3. Heat oil in a non-stick frying pan over medium heat. Cook haloumi for 2 minutes each side, or until golden.
  4. Serve lentil salad topped with warm haloumi. Sprinkle with a little balsamic vinegar for extra zing, if desired.

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