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Halloumi with Chickpea Salsa and Couscous

Meatless Mondays aren’t really a challenge for me because I go long periods of time without eating meat. That’s not to say I could ever be a vegetarian though – I really do love meat. But it’s expensive and sometimes I just can’t be bothered to cook it. (Even you beloved chicken.) But a lack of meat doesn’t mean that dinner has to be dull!

Halloumi with Chickpea Salsa and Couscous


(Adapted from BBC Good Food)
250 g of couscous
250 ml vegetable stock
400 g of chickpeas, drained
140 g of cherry tomatoes, halved
3 tablespoons of olive oil
3 tablespoons of red wine vinegar
1 red chilli, deseeded and chopped
small bunch of mint and coriander, chopped
250 g of halloumi, thickly sliced

Put the couscous in a bowl and pour the hot vegetable stock over it. Cover and let sit for 10 minutes.

In another bowl, mix the chickpeas with half the olive oil and the vinegar. Then add in the chopped tomatoes, coriander, chilli and mint.

Fry your halloumi on a hot griddle for 2-3 minutes per side. Fluff up the couscous with a fork. Then add in the rest of the oil and vinegar. Then mix in the couscous “salsa” and top with the grilled halloumi.

halloumi dish
Guys, there are genuinely few things I love more than a good piece of halloumi! Sorry for the strange tinge to my photos this day. Awful late night artificial light!

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  • Valerie

    Oh nice! This sounds relish and healthy <3 I was just gathering some recipes ideas for next week so thank you 🙂 xx

  • This looks so delicious and right up my alley, food-wise. I don’t think about “meatless Mondays” much, either, because if I wasn’t married to a meat-eating man, I’d probably be an accidental vegetarian 90% of the time. Love chickpea salads and halloumi! This looks so good. Nom.

    <3 dani

    • “Accidental vegetarian” is a great way to describe my diet! But I love meat when I do eat it, that’s for sure! Thank you so much! x

  • Mm, I love halloumi! These sounds a great vegetarian main dish. I’m trying to cook with meat less so it’s nice to have some inspiration! Thanks for sharing!

    • Thank you! Let me know if you try it! I’m definitely a halloumi addict. I can’t get enough of it- it’s probably because I love anything salty and it’s such a salty cheese! x

  • I love couscous but mine always turns out like a giant goopy mess!

  • Yoink! Stolen for my dinner since every day is meatless Monday for me 🙂

  • Halloumi is one of my faves but I never think to cook it anymore…I may have to give this a try when my veggie friend comes to visit this week! Looks delicious! X

    • I know I found halloumi hard to come by in Atlanta! You’ll have to let me know if you find it for next time I’m back in Atlanta visiting (and for some reason want to cook halloumi?!) Thank you so much, by the way! x

      • So you wrote this awhile ago but I’m just catching up! You can get halloumi at the Dekalb Farmers Market! Next time you’re back (and for some reason you want to cook halloumi!) you know where to get it! x

        • That’s good to know. And I’m always cooking halloumi so you never know when it’ll come in handy! x

  • Your posts always make me hungry!! I agree, meat can be overrated at times! I’m all about eating a mostly vegetarian diet without being a vegetarian!

  • Coincidentally, I’ve been eating SO much couscous and halloumi lately. A friend introduced me to halloumi not so long ago (slightly embarrassing that I’d never had it) and now I’m a tiny bit addicted. And couscous just because it’s so easy to make and can accompany almost anything 🙂 x

    • Halloumi is so addictive. It’s just all things good, saltiness mushy cheesy goodness. I can’t even speak eloquently about it because I appreciate it so! 😉 x

  • Chickpeas are my favorite stomach-filler in lieu of meat. I’ve never tried halloumi. It looks a bit like chicken in your photo! Yet another recipe I’d like to try 🙂

    • Chickpeas are SUCH a great meat substitute! They are super filling. If you like chargrilled cheese then you’ll love halloumi 😉 x

  • Adrienne

    I am a big lover of Halloumi too, though it doesn’t really exist in the US so our love affair is new. Recipe looks delicious, I will have to try it!

    • When I’m at home in America I have really hard time finding it as well. I know it’s in specialty Greek stores but those are hard to come by. I’ve seen it in Whole Foods on some occasions though. Good luck! I hope you can find more of it as it’s so delicious! 😀 x

  • I second you on this one – sometimes vegetarian options can simply be SO scrumptious! And Halloumi, oh Halloumi!

  • This looks delicious!

    Growing up, every single meal involved some kind of meat. Even now when we visit my dad food is usually meat, potato and some kind of vegetable. And when my siblings and I were children we were always told if we were full we had to at least finish our meat because that was the most expensive part! Now I cook for myself I’m gradually expanding my range of meat-free meals. I do love my cottage pie and sausage rolls though!

    • Without a doubt, the biggest reason we have a lot of meatless meals is that meat is so expensive! When I can get chickpeas for 30p a can why spend £4 on chicken. I’m totally a meat, potato and vegetable kind of person at heart though! x

  • Yummy!! We are big fans of couscous in our household! It’s so versatile and makes for the perfect side! I’m really keen to give this chickpea salsa a try – sounds delish! Xx

  • halloumi is my FAVORITE FAVORITE FAVORITE but it’s so expensive in the States! I guess because it gets imported from Cyprus… and that’s farther away from America than from England? Damn shame.

    • Do you have a hard time finding it as well? Lots of people in American have a ridiculously hard time and I thought maybe it’d be easier somewhere like DC? x