This was one of those accidental salads that worked so well I felt duty bound to write it down and share it with you. Therefore, apologies for the photo because, as so often happens, it wasn’t until it was half-eaten that I realised how good it was!
It’s a really good, hearty, healthy salad that tastes delicious, fills you up, looks interesting and takes minutes to make. It stores well too, if there’s any left.
- 150g halloumi
- 2 cups cauliflower ‘micro florets’
- 1 cup cooked beluga or puy lentils (I buy the Merchant Gourmet sachets when I’m in a hurry)
- 50g pine nuts (toasted if you like) or walnuts
- 1 ridge cucumber cut into 1cm dice
- Generous handful of pitted black olives
- Zest and juice of 1 lemon
- 2 tbsp finely chopped fresh herbs (basil, mint, coriander, parsley, wild garlic)
- 1 tbsp finely chopped dried seaweed
- a good slug of XVOO
- salt and pepper to taste
- Cut your chunk of halloumi into 5mm slices and dry fry until golden brown and slightly crispy on both sides. Allow to cool and break slices into 4 pieces to add to your salad.
- While the halloumi is cooking, make your cauliflower micro florets by cutting the cauliflower in half then taking a boning or paring knife and running it about 1cm underneath the cauliflower florets, separating the florets from the stalk. You will end up with dozens of tiny cauliflower pieces and a prehistoric looking stalky bit that you can set aside to roast or purée later. It’s very quick, honest!
- Add the halloumi and cauliflower micro florets to a large mixing bowl with the lentils, pine nuts, cucumber, olives, and the rest of the ingredients, tossing it all thoroughly to blend the flavours.
- Works well with any sort of roasted meats or, as I did, simply with a wild rocket salad and a blob of cottage cheese.
Since this salad happened by accident, you can pretty much vary any of the ingredients to make a happy accident of your own! Cooked courgette would work well in place of cucumber, broccoli instead of (or as well as) cauliflower, any type of nuts, a handful of raisins… the options are endless.
If you are extremely carbohydrate sensitive, or following a completely strict ketogenic diet you could leave out the lentils.