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Spiced Chickpea Salad with Halloumi

Happy May Bank Holiday to all my UK readers! Despite the fact that it’s cookies and cupcakes galore on this space, in every day life I *attempt* to eat as healthily as possible. Which never needs to mean bland and boring. Here’s another vegetarian friendly recipe that’s packed with flavour and is super filling. You’ll definitely have leftovers, and this is one of those dishes that tastes even better the next day after all the leftovers have marinated in all the spices and lemon juice in the refrigerator overnight.
Spiced Chickpea Salad with Halloumi
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So filling and so full of flavour.
1 large baking potato
1 teaspoon of cumin
1 teaspoon of paprika
1/4 teaspoon of ground coriander
1/4 teaspoon of cayenne 
3 tablespoons of olive oil
1 chili, chopped
400 g of canned chickpeas
200g of baby spinach
1 red bell pepper
1 red onion
250 g of halloumi
juice of 1 lemon

Spiced Chickpea Salad with Halloumi

I love halloumi more than I love most things.
Preheat your oven to 425 F. Chop your potato into 1” chunks. Toss the potatoes with the spices and two tablespoons of the olive oil. Put them in the oven to bake for about 25 minutes (or until tender and golden.)

Chop your bell pepper and onion. Put them on a roasting tray with a bit of olive oil and after the potatoes have been in for about 15 minutes, put the veggies in the oven with them. (Give the potatoes a shake at this time.) When the potatoes have been in for about 25 minutes and the veggies for about 10, check them and turn the oven off. 

Heat the remaining olive oil in a pan and gently fry the chili for 1 minute. Stir in the chickpeas and spinach.  Cover and cook gently for 3-4 minutes, stirring occasionally until the spinach has wilted and the chickpeas are warmed through.

At the sametime, heat a non-stick pan until it is piping hot. Cut the halloumi into slices and quickly fry them for 1-2 minutes on each side.

Toss your potatoes, roasted veggies, and chickpea mixture in a large bowl. Add in the juice of 1 lemon and toss again to evenly distribute it. Salt and pepper it to taste. Serve topped with the grilled halloumi. 

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This is one of those meals I could eat for the rest of my life.
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  • Amy @ the tide that left

    This looks delicious and, more importantly, like something I could manage myself! I actually made a really nice chickpea and halloumi salad for our New Years dinner this year. Was really good, but I have no idea where I found the recipe. This can be the replacement!

    What did the cheese say to itself when it looked in the mirror? Halloumi

    • I don’t know what’s more cheesy (pun not intended) your joke or the fact that it made me laugh! It’s so simple, I’m sure you could manage it wonderfully! x

      • Amy @ the tide that left

        Which cheese can you use to coax a bear out of a tree?


        • This is why I like you so much πŸ˜€ xx

          • Amy @ the tide that left

            πŸ˜€ I’ve got one more! xx

            Which cheese do you use to hide a horse?


            (That’s it now, I promise!)

          • You and Betsy could start a cheese jokes club! x

  • This looks amazing! Adding this to my dinner board! I just tried halloumi for the first time in Cambridge (where have I been)…and I love it. Thanks for sharing this one πŸ™‚

  • This looks yummm but sadly all I could think was hmmm perhaps I should add some bacon!!

    • Hahaha I usually advocate adding bacon to everything but halloumi is super salty + bacon mght be salt overload! x

  • I have never heard of halloumi so I will have to give it a try!

    • If you have any Turkish meze restaurants close to you, it’ll probably be on the menu. Order it and this cheese will change you life (in that you will always crave it!) x

  • That looks so good! And like you unlike halloumi more than I like most things!!

  • Real life: just had to Google what halloumi is. Brb, hanging my head in shame for the next few hours.

    • Ha, that’s not shameful at all! I haven’t ever really seen it sold in stores in the US. But it tastes so much better than any description would make it sound. x

      • Everything I’m reading says it tastes like a more traditionally cheesy version of goat cheese. Accurate?

        • Yes this is true, but I don’t love goats cheese usually. It’s blended with cow cheese in a way that takes out some of the tang and just leaves delightfulness…. ! x

    • me, too…

  • Fi Evans

    Oh wow, this looks delicious and super easy too! I’m definitley adding it to my to-be-cooked list. Thanks for sharing!

  • I felt the same way about your tacos today! x

  • Janeen

    I’m not really a salad person but this looks delish!!

  • OMG, amazing! And I’ve been looking for recipes with chickpeas. Neeeeed to make this! Your last pic is so nicely presented. I just kind of shove the food in a bowl and take a hasty pic before shoving it down my throat πŸ˜‰

    • Haha thank you! But some dishes are just so much easier to look pretty than others! Some times I make things and just don’t even bother taking photos because no matte how delicious it tastes, it just kind of looks like a blob! x

  • Ooooh this looks good! Next time I can get my hands on halloumi……

    • It seems to be rare in a lot of parts of America, but really common in London so I take it that it’s a rarity in the Czech Republic as well? x

      • Yep, definitely… although I did see it at a store last week as part of a special “ethnic foods promotion” and I wish I grabbed it! But the Czechs actually have a cheese that’s a bit similar to halloumi, maybe I can try it πŸ™‚

        • What’s this similar cheese called? (Just so I know for future reference!) xx

          • Buhhh… something long in Czech. If I find out I’l let you know πŸ˜‰

  • This sounds lush, it’s going straight on my ‘to cook’ list (ahem Pinterest board) It’s so hard sometimes to get that mix of healthy & tasty!

  • I am scowling at your bank holiday, but grinning at a veggie meal for meatless Monday! I need to expand beyond thai food every Monday and get more creative, and you’re definitely helping!

    -Rachel @ With Love, Rachel

    • Don’t worry, the tables will be turned around the 4th of July when you all have a long weekend and everyone’s stuck in London working on a beautiful summers day. But thank you for the recipe compliment! xx


  • Thank you so much! xx

  • I’ve never bought halloumi to use at home, but ordered it loads from restaurants. This sounds so good!

  • Sophie Crameri

    That seems delicious, thanks for the recipe πŸ˜€

    I write a blog about travelling and about my life as an expat in Spain, it would be awesome if you could go have a look at it and leave me your opinion πŸ˜€ Thanks!

  • That does look packed with flavour! You have been taking incredible pictures of food lately. Must be the new camera….>!

    • Thanks! I really appreciate it! I’m still working but hopefully I’ll just get better :)xx