Happy Wednesday guys! The recipe of the day is Warm Lentil & Grilled Halloumi Cheese Salad.
I’ve been meaning to make a lentil salad for a long time and finally managed. This salad is perfect for the gloomy winter days, it’s very filling and gives you lots of energy. And it is simply delicious. Isn’t it Spring coming already. Seriously, every year in February I’m starting to ask for Spring. Well, we definitely need more sunshine here especially now when the weather’s getting colder by the day. Hopefully this is not for long and we all enjouy beautiful warm and sunny days. 🙂
Back to my salad now…There’s also nutty red quinoa and some toasted dry apricots. All the different ingredients make this salad bursting with flavour – it’s sweet, sour and nutty, lovely combination and healthy too. 🙂
What I did was to use lentils leftovers. I had made lentil soup the other day (which by the way our family absolutely love, should share the recipe) and I had a small bowl left. So I used it! 🙂 Well, I drained it but because the lentils were already flavoured from the soup it made the salad even tastier. I didn’t really use any dressing, as I said the lentils were already dressed. 🙂 But I added a splash of my favourite garlic sauce. Lentils and garlic is a must! 🙂
If you, however, decide to go with a dressing, I’d suggest simple olive oil, lemon juice and salt. Simple, fresh and tasty. 🙂
Oh, and what about the Halloumi cheese? What’s a salad without a bit of cheese? 🙂 I seriously love this. To me, it tastes like a mixture of gooey Feta and Mozzarella, so appetizing. Honestly, though, so far, I’ve been only using Halloumi in salads. Salads with Grilled Halloumi are not regular salads. 🙂 But my point is where else do you use it? Have you got any interesting and yummy recipes? I’d love to hear your ideas. Please share below. 🙂 Meanwhile, I’ll try and invent a ‘not salad recipe’ with Halloumi cheese. 🙂
Oh, and just to let you know, I had cooked all the ingredients in advance so I only had to combine everything. It makes things so much easier and quicker. I think I always have some cooked quinoa stocked in my fridge. And the lentils were leftovers. 🙂
Here’s what you need for this Warm Lentil & Grilled Halloumi Cheese Salad.
- 250g brown lentils, cooked
- 250g red quinoa, cooked
- 150g Halloumi cheese, grilled
- 7-8 dry apricots, sliced and grilled
- 2tbsp garlic sauce
- salt and pepper
- coriander leaves for serving
- In a bowl, combine the lentils and quinoa and season well. Mix the salad.
- Arrange the grilled halloumi cheese and apricots on top.
- If wished, add a splash of garlic sauce and then some coriander leaves.
- Serve warm!
Tip: You can even try adding some couscous to the lentils and quinoa. It’ll make the salad yummy and you know couscous like dry apricots. 🙂