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Wednesday, 2 June 2021

Asparagus and Halloumi Salad


With the sixth month of the year here and hopefully some nice warm summer days perhaps your thoughts are turning to salads. I saw this recipe on Diet Doctor site and with its lovely ingredients it will certainly be appearing in my summer menu plans. Have a look and see what you think.

Ingredients
Serves Four
Pesto dressing
60 ml (¼ cup) mayonnaise
2 tbsp green pesto
1 tbsp lemon juice
Salad
400 g green asparagus, woody ends removed
300 g halloumi cheese (see tip)
1 tbsp ghee or olive oil
85 g 
watercress, or arugula (rocket) lettuce
85 g baby spinach
200 g cucumber, spiralized or sliced
140 g cherry tomatoes, chopped
140 g avocados, sliced
salt and pepper
Tip
For a dairy-free substitution, (or if you do not like halloumi) replace the halloumi cheese with (1) large, poached egg, per serving.
Instructions
can be seen here

Did you know that watercress was once considered a weed. It was first cultivated in the UK in the early 1800s but is now grown in watery beds throughout the world. It is an often overlooked leafy green that packs a powerful nutrient punch. Its small, round leaves and edible stems have a peppery, slightly spicy flavour. It is part of the Brassicaceae family of vegetables, which also includes kale, Brussels sprouts and cabbage. Read more here

You can also use Arugula/ Rocket lettuce in this recipe. This leafy green vegetable stands out as a rich source of many vitamins and minerals. Read more here


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All the best Jan

39 comments:

Tom said...

...asparagus is such a wonderful spring vegetable.

William Kendall said...

I'm not entirely sure I've heard of halloumi cheese.

Lowcarb team member said...

William Kendall said...
I'm not entirely sure I've heard of halloumi cheese

Hello William, many thanks for your comment.
A little bit of information about Halloumi.
It's pronounced ha-loo-mee, and it's a semi-hard chewy, white cheese originating from Cyprus and made from cow's, goat's or sheep's milk, or a combination. It has a mild salty flavour and lends itself beautifully to cooking due to its firm texture which is retained even when cooked and exposed to high temperatures. It has become a firm favourite in our household and sometimes we just cook a couple of slices and enjoy them as a snack! However Halloumi does lend itself so well to recipes such as the one shown here.
Another nice recipe is this one Halloumi, courgette (zucchini), green bean and tomato salad, see it here
https://thelowcarbdiabetic.blogspot.com/2017/05/halloumi-courgette-zucchini-green-bean.html

All the best Jan

Victor S E Moubarak said...

Halloumi cheese is lovely. Also feta cheese would be just as tasty in this meal.

How about feta cheese, pitta bread and watermelon? Great in sunny summer days.

God bless.

Christine said...

Delicious!

The Joy of Home with Martha Ellen said...

We love pesto anything and this salad looks wonderful! Along with the asparagus and cheese I'd be happy. Thank you for the inspiration for a lovely salad.

Martha said...

Perfect summer meal. I love halloumi cheese, but have a hard time finding it. Next time I get some this is going on my menu plan. :)

J.P. Alexander said...

Se ve muy rica me gustan mucho los espárragos y ese queso se ve muy rico

peppylady (Dora) said...

Never heard of halloumi cheese.
Coffee is on and stay safe

Susan Kane said...

This sounds tasty. My husband might like it.

Elephant's Child said...

Thank you. Haloumi is too salty for my tastes, but replacing it with an egg would work.

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

It's too bad my tomatoes and basil aren't ready for picking at the same time as asparagus is. I would love this salad, though, because I love everything in the salad, including avocados and watercress.

Betty said...

I love haloumi and am going to try your dressing next time I have some- thanks :)

Jo said...

That looks delicious. I had a salad for lunch yesterday, perfect in this warmer weather.

Crafty Green Poet said...

This looks lovely, specially with the halloumi which is such a great cheese.

Margaret D said...

Looking good.

Valerie-Jael said...

A delicious meal for summer days! Thanks for sharing, Valerie

Little Wandering Wren said...

I think I could eat this every day for lunch! Looks so healthy!
Have a good day
Wren x

eileeninmd said...

The salad looks delicious, I love asparagus and cheese.
Take care, enjoy your day!

It's me said...

Mmmmmmmm..... Love from me Ria 🍀💕🍀

CJ Kennedy said...

I don't like cheese, but I bet I could substitute chicken for it in this recipe.

R's Rue said...

Yum

Snowbird said...

That looks delicious. How I miss halloumi, it was always by far my favourite cheese.xxx

DVArtist said...

Now this is my kind of meal.

Salty Pumpkin Studio said...

Deliscious.
Pesto sauce made with parsely is sometime I need to perfect. Summer is big on parsely for me, and I want to make recipes that will enhance summer.

Miss Val's Creations said...

This sounds delicious. I have still yet to try halloumi. I am intrigued by it!

happyone said...

Delicious. We've been getting asparagus out of our garden. It grows so FAST!!

Debbie said...

what amazing ingredients, this salad looks so good!! i will have to google "halloumi" to see what kind of cheese it is, i have never heard of it BUT, i am cheese lover!!

Conniecrafter said...

It amazes me half of the things that people have found to eat.

Margaret D said...

Interesting article on Vitamin K..

baili said...

delicious dish and salad

thank you for sharing dear Jan!

Bob Bushell said...

I LOVE 'EM, LOTS OF SALAD.

Francisco Manuel Carrajola Oliveira said...

Hummm uma deliciosa salada.
Um abraço e bom Feriado.

Andarilhar
Dedais de Francisco e Idalisa
Livros-Autografados

Laura. M said...

Tiempo de verano y de ricas ensaladas.
Cuidaros.
Un abrazo.

Sue said...

I'm very late to the Halloumi party, but I love it grilled and warm. Yum! xx

Magic Love Crow said...

Very yummy! Thanks Jan! Big Hugs!

Phil Slade said...

June is a great month. Lots of Asparagus in the shops. We like just blanche, grill, salt and black pepper and finish with butter.Fabulous.

Teresa said...

Me encantan las ensaladas. Besos.

Martha said...

Very yummy!