This salad is bright and colourful and uses a mixed salad for colour and crunch. It is perfect for a summer lunch or dinner al fresco. The halloumi can be replaced with feta if you want, but both can be cooked outside on the BBQ and placed on top of the salad at the last minute.
This recipe has been shared for Shavuot 2020.
- 8-10 carrots, peeled and cut into batons
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 2 tsp cumin seeds
- 1 tsp ground cumin
- 6 shallots, peeled and halved
- 2 garlic cloves, peeled and chopped
- 2 tin chickpeas, drained
- 425g freekeh or quinoa cooked according to pack instructions
- 200g rocket, spinach, or mixed leaves
- 250g halloumi
- 30g black and golden sesame seeds
For the dressing:
- 4 tbsp olive oil
- 2 tbsp lemon juice
- 1tbsp maple syrup
- ½ tsp cinnamon
- ½ tsp ground ginger
- ½ tsp cumin
- ½ tsp coriander
- ¼ tsp sea salt
- pinch of chilli flakes
- Line a baking tray with foil. Toss the carrot batons with olive oil, cumin seeds and ground cumin. Season with salt and pepper. Roast in the oven at 180C for 40 minutes until the carrots are caramelised and golden.
- Line another baking tray with foil and toss the shallot halves with olive oil, garlic and season with salt and pepper. Roast for around 30 minutes until the shallots are golden.
- Mix all the ingredients for the salad dressing.
- Cut the piece of halloumi into 6 slices and dip into the mixed sesame seeds. Set aside to BBQ or griddle or fry just before serving the salad.
- Mix the freekeh (or quinoa) and chickpeas with 4 tablespoons of dressing.
- Line a large platter with the salad leaves. Top with the freekeh/chickpea mixture.
- When the carrots and shallots are roasted, leave to cool for 5 minutes whilst you cook the halloumi.
- The halloumi can be cooked either on a BBQ, in a griddle pan or in a frying pan. Cook until the slices are golden, but be careful you don’t burn.
- Arrange the vegetables on top of the salad and then top with the halloumi slices.
- Serve with more dressing. For an even more delicious salad, drizzle with a tahini dressing