Double Halloumi Burger with Tapenade

Happy Wednesday guys! Recipe of the day is Double Halloumi Burger with Tapenade – Β a real meat free treat that even the meat lovers can’t resist! πŸ™‚

Double Halloumi Burger with Tapenade

The original idea was a bit different to be honest, but I think it actually got better this way. Much better. πŸ™‚ I topped this massive burgers/open sandwiches up with a poached egg and a splash of spicy sauce. There are chunky grilled halloumi pieces underneath the egg and a few on top, hence the double halloumi burger or should I say open sandwich? A bit confused about what to call it. πŸ™‚ I used toasted english muffins and loads of tapenade.

Double Halloumi Burger with Tapenade

Let me tell you about the tapenade..I only recently discovered it but I feel I can’t get enough of it. It is so delicious that I generously add it to everything – salads, sandwiches, pasta. I really enjoy it as a dip too with some homemade pita chips. To make the tapenade I also added a few sun-dried tomatoes. They really make a big difference (in my opinion) and make it all taste even more delicious. Tapenade is great for tapas and nibbles which I’ve been obsessing recently, especially during the weekends. But seriously, what’s not to love about tapas? Lots of small and cute looking dishes to choose from. Thus, there’ll be a little something for everyone, plus you get to enjoy a few different dishes. That’s the food lover in me talking. πŸ™‚ My family love this kind of dinner too so everything is working fine! πŸ™‚ And most of the time there are no leftovers at all. πŸ™‚

Double Halloumi Burger with Tapenade

Here’s how to make the Double Halloumi Burger with Tapenade

Double Halloumi Burger with Tapenade

Double Halloumi Burger with Tapenade

Ingredients

  • 2 English Muffins, cut in halves and toasted
  • 200g halloumi, cut in pieces and grilled
  • 2 eggs, poached
  • rocket salad for serving, if wished
  • For the tapenade:
  • 150g black olives, pitted
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 1-2 anchovy fillets
  • 3-4 sun-dried tomatoes
  • 1tbsp capers
  • 1tbsp lemon juice
  • 1tbsp olive oil
  • salt and pepper

Instructions

  1. To make the tapenade, simply blitz the ingredients in a food processor till a desired consistency - chunky or smooth.
  2. To build the burger, start with the muffin bottom, add a generous amount of the tapenade, a few pieces of the grilled halloumi cheese and finish it off with a poached egg. If wished, close the burger with the other half of the muffin. Repeat with the other english muffin.
  3. Serve with some rocket salad on a side and some spicy sauce.
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These Double Halloumi Burgers with Tapenade are perfect for brunch. I really can see myself this weekend enjoying one of these beauties topped up with lots of hot sauce. πŸ™‚

I hope you like this recipe. Stay tuned for more coming soon. xx And don’t forget to use your sun lotion. πŸ™‚ I still ca’t believe we’ve got this amazing weather this week so let’s enjoy it until it lasts. πŸ™‚ xx

Smoked Salmon Kale Salad

Happy Thursday all! The recipe of the day is Smoked Salmon Kale Salad – super rich, with lots of yummy ingredients this salad will full you up! It’s more like a main dish really! πŸ™‚

Smoked Salmon Kale Salad

This Smoked Salmon Kale SaladΒ is packed with so many ingredients – apples, carrots, sun-dried tomatoes, avocado and even walnuts! So lots of vitamins and nutrients to fuel your body.

You might think there’s way too much stuff on this salad (well, you might be right πŸ™‚ ) but it really tastes lovely. Salads like these are definitely a favourite of mine. You get to have various ingredients in one meal – fruit, veg, nuts and fish! πŸ™‚ And it’s quite healthy too. I didn’t expect kale and smoked salmon to go well but I was wrong. It turned out to be a really delicious combination. Don’t forget to massage the kale though – just add a dash of olive oil Β and massage o gently for a few minutes. πŸ™‚ Otherwise it could be quite tough and not very edible. πŸ™‚

Smoked Salmon Kale Salad

For the dressing I used tahini, lemon juice, olive oil and salt. I love the lemon tahini dressing but I’m aware it’s not everyone’s favourite so if you’d rather prefer, you can skip the tahini. It just gives more flavour and nuttiness to the salad but on the other side, skipping the tahini makes the salad tastes lighter.

Here’s what you need to make the Smoked Salmon Kale Salad

Smoked Salmon Kale Salad

Smoked Salmon Kale Salad

Ingredients

  • 150g smoked salmon, shredded
  • 1/2 ripe avocado, sliced
  • 1/2 apple, roughly chopped
  • 4-5 sun-dried tomatoes
  • 1 carrot, chopped
  • 50g walnuts
  • 100g kale
  • For the dressing:
  • 1tbsp olive oil
  • 1tbsp tahini
  • 1tsp lemon juice
  • salt to taste

Instructions

  1. In a bowl, gently massage the kale with a bit of olive oil for a few minutes.
  2. Start building up the salad - add the salmon, sliced avocado, apple and carrot.
  3. Arrange the sun-dried tomatoes and finally the walnuts.
  4. Whisk the dressing ingredients together and dress the salad.
  5. Serve with some oat cakes or crackers.
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If you’d rather make a bigger portion and keep it in the fridge for a few days make sure to live the salad dry. Don’t add the dressing as it’ll go soggy and not so appetizing. You can easily divide it inΒ a few small containers and keep the dressing in a small pot/container. Thus you’ll have a tasty packed lunch. Don’t recommend keeping it more than two days though. Fresh is best! πŸ™‚

Smoked Salmon Kale Salad

MM: Grilled Vegetables & Bulgur Salad Wraps

Happy Meatless Monday guys! Today’s recipe is GrilledΒ Vegetables & Bulgur Salad Wraps – healthy, tasty and really simple to make, loaded with grilled veggies, halloumi & chickpeas.

Grilled Vegetables & Bulgur Salad Wraps

I’ve actually made the salad in advance and then thought it would be a good idea to have it in a wrap. The salad was quite similar to the one here –Β MM: Grilled Vegetables & Halloumi Bulgur Salad, almost the same actually. All I added was some chickpeas and grilled halloumi, oh and some sweet tomato sauce.

The result was really tasty and quite filling. These wraps are not only healthy but they will keep you full for longer. And that was a great way for me to clean up my fridge. πŸ™‚ Every timeΒ I do that the result is quite delicious. πŸ™‚

I absolutely hate wasting food so I make sure I use every bit of food left in my fridge. Well, sometimes this is not possible but most of the time I manage to use everything I have left. πŸ™‚

Grilled Vegetables & Bulgur Salad Wrap

They’re perfect for a healthy lunch or a snack on the go. Why not make a few ahead and sort your lunch during the week. I actually really recommend prepping your lunch in advance, of course if it’s possible. From what I know and have experienced quite often as I’m starving I grab not so healthy and tasty options which I usually regret afterwards. However, If there’s a healthy meal ready in the fridge, I’m more than happy to satisfy my hunger with it. Not only that, but making your meals in advance saves me a lot of time. By the time I collect the kids from nursery and we get home, we are all starving. But my first priority is to settle them for lunch and feed them. If there’s nothing prepped for me I usually grab whatever I find in the fridge, which as I mentioned might not be the best option. πŸ™‚

Here’s how to make the Grilled Vegetables & Bulgur Salad Wraps

MM: Grilled Vegetables & Bulgur Salad Wraps

MM: Grilled Vegetables & Bulgur Salad Wraps

Ingredients

  • 4-5 flour tortilla wraps
  • 1 grilled zucchini, sliced
  • 1 grilled eggplant, sliced
  • 150g halloumi cheese, grilled and sliced
  • 100g chickpeas, cooked
  • 2tbsp tomato sauce
  • 1tbsp lemon juice
  • 2tbsp olive oil
  • salt to taste

Instructions

  1. In a bowl, mix the bulgur with grilled veggies and halloumi cheese.
  2. Add the chickpeas, tomato sauce and then season with salt, olive oil and lemon juice.
  3. Mix the salad well and fill in the tortillas with it and closed the wraps.
  4. Ideal for lunch or a snack on the go!
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Grilled Vegetables & Bulgur Salad Wraps

I hope you enjoy this recipes. Stay tuned for more and let’s hope for some warm and sunny days soon. πŸ™‚

MM: Grilled Vegetables & Halloumi Bulgur Salad

Happy MondayΒ guys! The recipe of the day is Grilled Vegetables & Halloumi Bulgur Salad – packed with crunchy veggies, grilled Halloumi and bulgur wheat, this salad is not only super delicious but very nutritious and healthy!

MM: Grilled Vegetables & Halloumi Bulgur Salad

And because it’s Meatless Monday, it’s a great meat free option to have today.

It seems I haven’t posted a MM recipe for a long time! So it was about time! The truth is I post whenever I can. I know I should probably make a schedule and stick to it but it’s really difficult and my plan almost never works.

For example, I had quite interesting recipes to test, photos to edit and of course blog posts to share. And of course, lots of other stuff to do. πŸ™‚ What happened? Well, chickenpox happened. πŸ™‚ Not me, but my daughter got it so we stayed at home for the whole week. And I had to make sure to entertain her and the little one too. I barely had time to cook. But this is over now, so we are back to our normal schedule – nursery, playgroups with the baby and Β the only time I’ve got is when they nap. So the longer the nap, the better the work I manage to do. Hopefully I’ll be able to upload a few yummy recipes this week! Fingers crossed! πŸ™‚

MM: Grilled Vegetables & Halloumi Bulgur Salad

Anyway, I think you get the point, back to this gorgeous Grilled Vegetables & Halloumi Bulgur Salad…

It’s one of the simplest recipes to make and yet it’s so delicious and very filling. Bulgur in general is quite filling so if you need a meal to keep you up for longer this is the one. There are tinned veggies you can use, if it’s more convenient for you, but the freshly grilled veggies would taste better.

I also added a generous serving of hummus which I had in the fridge for a couple of days. It worked really well with the veggies and even the bulgur. πŸ™‚ It also probably doubled the calories! πŸ™‚

And I used Chilli Halloumi which is so tasty! Now that I found it in my local shop I always get in my weekly shopping and add it to salads, bbqs, sandwiches. It is quite spicy, so if you’re not hot food lover go with the normal Halloumi.

MM: Grilled Vegetables & Halloumi Bulgur Salad

Here’s how to make this salad.

MM: Grilled Vegetables & Halloumi Bulgur Salad

MM: Grilled Vegetables & Halloumi Bulgur Salad

Ingredients

  • 300g bulgur wheat, cooked
  • 1 eggplant, grilled and sliced
  • 1 zucchini, grilled and sliced
  • 10 sun-dried tomatoes
  • 150g Halloumi, grilled and sliced
  • 2tbsp olive oil
  • 1tbsp lemon juice
  • salt to taste

Instructions

  1. In a bowl, combine the bulgur with the vegetables.
  2. Add the olive oil and lemon juice, season with salt. Mix well.
  3. Arrange the grilled Halloumi cheese pieces on top and serve.
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I hope you enjoy this recipes, stay tuned for more quick, easy and tasty recipes coming soon..

Warm Lentil & Grilled Halloumi Cheese Salad

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 especiallyΒ 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. πŸ™‚

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. πŸ™‚

Warm Lentil & Grilled Halloumi Cheese Salad

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! πŸ™‚ 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. πŸ™‚ But I added a splash of my favourite garlic sauce. Lentils and garlic is a must! πŸ™‚

If you, however, decide to go with a dressing, I’d suggest simple olive oil, lemon juice and salt. Simple, fresh and tasty. πŸ™‚

Warm Lentil & Grilled Halloumi Cheese Salad

Oh, and what about the Halloumi cheese? What’s a salad without a bit of cheese? πŸ™‚ 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. πŸ™‚ 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. πŸ™‚ Meanwhile, I’ll try and invent a ‘not salad recipe’ with Halloumi cheese. πŸ™‚

Warm Lentil & Grilled Halloumi Cheese Salad

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. πŸ™‚

Warm Lentil & Grilled Halloumi Cheese Salad

Here’s what you need for this Warm Lentil & Grilled Halloumi Cheese Salad.

Warm Lentil & Grilled Halloumi Cheese Salad
 
Prep time
Total time
 
Serves: 10
Ingredients
  • 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
Instructions
  1. In a bowl, combine the lentils and quinoa and season well. Mix the salad.
  2. Arrange the grilled halloumi cheese and apricots on top.
  3. If wished, add a splash of garlic sauce and then some coriander leaves.
  4. Serve warm!

Warm Lentil & Grilled Halloumi Cheese SaladTip: 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. πŸ™‚

10 Simple & Healthy Salad Recipes

Happy Friday Guys! So today’s post is a round-up of the 10 Simple & Healthy Salad Recipes I love.

To be honest, they’re much more than that, but these are the ones I picked for you.

I do make and consume lots of salads so for me it’s important to make them different and tasty every time. I often add fruit, cheese, seafood, meat and seeds. And some of them get so filling that they can easily pass as a main. πŸ™‚ I’ve got some really skinny ones but most of them are packed with goodies.

Here we go…

MeatlessMonday: Pumpkin & Black Quinoa Salad with Tahini Dressing

So this beauty is made of black quinoa, roasted pumpkin and creamy tahini dressing. Oh, there’s a handful of sunflower seeds for that extra crunch. It’s perfect for the cold days, especially during the pumpkin season. πŸ™‚ It’s super filling and amazingly tasty. Definitely one of my fav!

Pumpkin & Black Quinoa Salad

Meatless Monday: Raspberry Rocket Salad with Cottage Cheese & Avocado

This one is a typical salad I eat during a hot summer day. It’s very light and refreshing but at the same time it’s very nutritious. It’s packed with vitamins and minerals so it’s really good for you. And of course, it tastes delicious! The combination of cottage cheese and fresh ripe raspberries is divine. πŸ™‚

Raspberry & Cottage Cheese Salad

Loaded Shrimp Salad

Well, let me see, this one is a bit on the naughty side, but I every bite of it is pure happiness. πŸ™‚ It’s more of a taco bowl/salad, inspired by my love of Tex/Mex food. What’s not to love about it – succulent shrimp, ripe avocado, crunchy tortilla chips, pinto beans, Mozzarella cheese and a generous serving of sour cream – all in one comforting bowl. πŸ™‚

Loaded Shrimp Salad

Kale, Blueberries & Blue Cheese Grilled Chicken Salad

I’ve been having lots of kale salads recently(recent years I think) so I really tried to mix things ups and make them tasty and pretty. πŸ™‚ This is definitely the one I like most from the kale variety. The blueberries and blue cheese work so well together and the grilled chicken add some extra deliciousness. It’s all taste crunchy, juicy and fresh. πŸ™‚

Kale, Blueberry & Grilled Chicken Salad

Leftover Beef & Pear Rocket Salad

This one I actually made from leftovers. I used some lean beef, ripe pears, rocket and raisins. It turned out the combination was really satisfying and quite filling. You can easily use it as a main dish, plus you get your five a day. πŸ™‚

Beef & Pear Salad

MeatlessMonday: Kale & Orange Quinoa Salad

Simple, but very refreshing salad, ready in just a few minutes. The orange got this salad to a whole different level. πŸ™‚

Kale & Orange Quinoa Salad

MeatlessMonday: Black Quinoa, Farro & Rice salad with Radishes

Next one – earthy and nutty flavour and packed with goodness. This grain salad will keep you full for a long, long time and will give you the energy you need for the busy day ahead.

Black Quinoa, Farro & Rice Salad with Radishes

Grilled Halloumi & Sweet Baby Peppers Quinoa Salad with Raisins

Grilled Halloumi Cheese? Yes, please. Grilled Baby Peppers & Rocket to go with it? Perfect. It’s more of a cheese with salad this one, but as I love Halloumi it’s perfect for me. Well, may be a few pieces less next time. πŸ™‚

Grilled Halloumi & Baby Peppers Salad

MeatlessMonday: Zucchini Spaghetti & Kale Salad with Radishes

For all of you who are on a raw vegan diet, this is delicious, absolutely lovely salad to make in the summer days, either to accompany your mains or as a side. You might’ve noticed, I do like radishes. πŸ™‚

Zucchini Spaghetti & Kale Salad with Radishes

Pomegranate & Feta Cheese Quinoa Salad

I remember I made this pomegranates during the festive period last year and they got really popular amongst my friends and family. Not only they look pretty but they’re also very yummy, with my favourite feta cheese and quinoa – simple but tasty.

Stuffed Pomegranate with Quinoa & Feta Cheese Salad