Can I interest you in a salad? No, not just any salad… In fact, this Halloumi & Lentil Salad is one of the most amazing plates of food I have had the joy of face planting recently and, with just a handful of ingredients, you can prep it at home and make your taste buds do a little dance too. Happy days!
I must admit, I am so pleased to be sharing this recipe today. You see, every week I make a meal plan so that I know what to cook each day and which recipes I would like to blog about. Some weeks things all go to plan, some others they simply don’t.
I’m talking about recipes that I’m not 100% happy about to publish here on the blog or others that perhaps do taste very nice but simply don’t look appetising enough. I love doing what I do but it can really be so stressful on those days when you’ve put in hours of work and it got you nowhere.
But this time round the food blogging Gods were with me and last week, when I made this Halloumi & Lentil Salad, everything just went exactly as I hoped it would. The food tasted amazing and I was really proud of the pictures I took as I believe they make the dish as exciting as it is to eat it.
Unlike other food bloggers who are totally amazing when it comes to talking about their creations and can make you feel hungry just by reading their posts, I have come to the conclusion that photography is more my way of expressing my love for good food.
So whilst perhaps writing about food doesn’t come very natural to me (apart from wanting to squeal “OMG, WANT NOW” which I do a lot), I am at my happiest when I’m trying to make my photos look as delicious as the food itself. Because this is the best way I know to inspire others to ditch meat and fish, by showing them how amazing and exciting vegetarian cooking is.
In fact, I have been investing a lot of time in improving my food photography and after 3.5 years since starting this blog (which was abandoned for a long time as we moved house and Dinky was tiny), I finally feel that I’m getting better at it. I have developed a workflow for both shooting and editing, I instinctively know what will work and what won’t (most times, not always) and, ultimately, photographing my recipes is something that makes me happy.
In a nutshell, food blogging is so much more than just whipping up a dish and taking a few snaps but it’s so rewarding when you achieve exactly what you wanted.
So, back to the recipe – I just love the simplicity of it. It’s a great example of how home cooking doesn’t have to be complicated but it’s just a matter of combining the right ingredients, flavours and textures.
Halloumi, puy lentils and cauliflower. Salty, earthy and sweet. It’s just a combination of flavours that can’t help but make you happy. Add the strong kick of the harissa & honey dressing which makes it big and bold and totally amazing.
It’s the kind of dish that I can picture being served in a posh pub for £10.99 or something silly crazy that. Nope, save your cash and make this beauty yourself…Print
Big, bold and totally amazing. This Warm Halloumi & Lentil Salad with Harissa & Honey Dressing will make your taste buds do a little dance.
For the harissa & honey dressing:
The juice of 1 lemon
2 tbsp olive oil
2 tsp runny honey
1 tbsp harissa paste
1 medium cauliflower, cut into florets
Extra virgin olive oil
2 250g packs of cooked puy lentils
Large handful of fresh parsley, chopped
250g vegetarian halloumi, sliced
Flatbread to serve (optional)
- Pre-heat the oven to 220C.
- Prepare the dressing by putting all the ingredients in a small glass jar and shaking well. Alternatively, just place them in a glass or mug and mix well using a fork. Set aside.
- Place the cauliflower florets on a roasting tray, drizzle with a little olive oil, season with a pinch of salt and roast in the oven for 20-25 minutes until golden brown.
- Heat through the lentils according to package instructions and place in a bowl. Add the cooked cauliflower and the parsley and mix well.
- Griddle or fry the halloumi for 1-2 mins on each side until golden and crisp, and the cheese is beginning to melt.
- Divide the lentils and cauliflower mixture between 4 plates and top each portion with the griddled halloumi. Drizzle with the dressing and enjoy warm with flatbread.
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What’s the best thing you’ve eaten recently? Was it something you made at home or a dish you ate at a restaurant?