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Haloumi Salad Recipe

Haloumi Salad
Haloumi and chilli pack a flavour punch. This is an “adults only” dish at our place as the children are not particularly thrilled with haloumi and they are not chilli fans (yet).  I like to make this for visitors or as a treat for Mr Fresh and I. 
Chick peas add an element of goodness (is that a word?) to the dish and also some substance. The nutty flavour of the chick peas compliments the saltiness of the haloumi. 
Grab some Spaghetti Bolognese from the freezer for the kids and everyone will be happy. If you want to keep with the vegetarian theme, try my veggie pasties for the kids.
Serves: 2 adults or 4 as a side or entree
Preparation Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes


  • 3 tablespoons of olive oil (1 tablespoon is used in each part of the cooking method)
  • 2 garlic cloves – chopped finely
  • zest and juice of 1 lemon
  • 425 gram tin of chick peas – rinsed
  • handful of fresh thyme leaves
  • 10 cherry tomatoes or 2-3 tomatoes of choice – quartered
  • salt and pepper to season
  • pinch of chilli flakes
  • 1 teaspoon chilli flakes
  • haloumi cheese – 250 grams sliced into pieces about 2cm wide
  • fresh rocket leaves fresh – 100 grams
  • 1 lemon cut into wedges to serve


  1. Heat the oil in a pan and add the garlic and lemon juice and zest. Add the chick peas and thyme and stir for a few minutes to warm and coat
  2. Remove from heat and let sit for flavors to meld
  3. Add the tomatoes to a small bowl and season with salt and pepper and a pinch of chilli flakes. Add 1 tablespoon of good quality oil and mix to combine and set aside
  4. In a heated frying pan add a splash of oil and chilli flakes – when hot add the sliced haloumi and cook for a couple of minutes each side until golden 
  5. Put the rocket leaves onto a plate. A dd the chickpeas, haloumi and then the tomatoes
  6. Drizzle the juice from the tomatoes over the top of the salad
  7. Serve with lemon wedges

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  • Miss Piggy November 5, 2012, 5:37 pm

    I love a good squeaky cheese salad…love the salty flavour of haloumi. Great to meet you this weekend!

    • Kyrstie November 5, 2012, 8:23 pm

      Great to meet you too Miss Piggy 🙂 Lovely to see the great crop you came home to from your balcony garden!

  • Liz November 5, 2012, 9:59 pm

    I do enjoy a haloumi salad, I haven’t tried it with chickpeas before though – I can sense a bbq coming on. My kids (Miss 6 & Mr 3) love haloumi but I suspect its as much the salt as anything else…

  • Catherine Bedson November 6, 2012, 12:16 pm

    Hi Kyrstie,
    Haloumi is one of my favourite cheeses next to fetta. I’m looking for new salad recipes now that Spring has begun and this is one I know my family will enjoy. Lovely photo and it was great to meet you too last weekend, I’m still playing catch up. Catherine 🙂

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