Haloumi is a great source of calcium and a good low-fat cheese to include in salads, I love that it’s ‘meaty’ and substantial, albeit a little squeaky texture. It’s especially wonderful when sliced and pan fried. For something different, I marinate a whole block of haloumi in lime juice, then pan fry it whole, before slicing and serving, it turns out seared and crispy on the outside with a smooth and creamy centre.
- 200g puy lentils
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
- sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 100g quinoa, rinsed well
- 16 spears asparagus, woody ends removed, spears cut into 2.5cm pieces
- 1 x 180g piece haloumi, cut into thin strips
- Juice and finely grated zest of 2 limes, plus extra lime cheeks, to serve
- 1 punnet (250g) cherry tomatoes, quartered
- 3 spring onions, trimmed and finely sliced
- 1 long green chilli, deseeded, thinly sliced
- 1 large handful mint leaves, very roughly chopped
- Crusty bread, to serve
Serves 2 as a main or 4 as a side
- Place the lentils and 750ml cold water in a small saucepan, bring to the boil, the reduce the heat an simmer over a low heat for 25 minutes until cooked (they should be slightly soft yet still al dente and nutty in texture). Drain, then run under cold water to rinse. Transfer to a large bowl and set aside to cool completely before adding the olive oil and red wine vinegar and seasoning well with salt and pepper.
- Meanwhile, place the quinoa and 500ml cold water in another small saucepan, bring to the boil, then reduce the heat to a low and cook for 10-15 minutes until all the water has been absorbed and the grains appear translucent. Remove from the heat, fluff up the grains with a fork and transfer to the bowl with the lentils.
- Half fill a small saucepan with water, bring to the boil and add the asparagus. Cook for 2-3 minutes until al dente, then drain and plunge immediately into a bowl or iced water. Drain again and add to the bowl with the lentils and quinoa.
- Heat a chargrill pan over a medium heat and add the haloumi to the pan. Drizzle the lime juice over the cheese and sear for 2-3 minutes until golden brown all over. Cut into small squares and add to the lentil mixture, along with the tomatoes, spring onions, chilli, mint and lime zest, then season well with salt and pepper.
- Garnish with extra lime checks and serve with crusty bread.