Bad Boy Layered Salad with Haloumi, Chicken and Roasted Veg

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February 21, 2013

This has been a favourite of my hubby's and mine since I threw a whole lot of stuff together one night about 10 years ago and it worked brilliantly! I've never altered what's gone in it because it just worked so perfectly. Don't you love it when that happens?

For me, my favourite dishes tend to have lots of varied textures. I know flavour combinations are very important to perfect but I place as much importance on textural combinations. This one has the squeak on your teeth of the haloumi, the melting softness of the pumpkin, the crunch of pine nuts and rocket and the chewiness of the chicken.

It's also great to make for week night dinners as well as entertaining, as it can be done in stages and left and then come back to, and then left again etc. You will notice I'm not exact with measurements of all ingredients as it really depends on how much you personally would like of certain things. Ok, on with the show....

What You Will Need

A frypan and a baking dish
1 packet of haloumi
1/4 jap pumpkin (largely diced) as much fresh rocket as you wish for the base
1/2 red capsicum (cut into strips)
1/2 red spanish onion (cut finely into 1/2 rings)
3-4 tblspns pine nuts coconut oil for baking
At least 10 fresh basil leaves
some cooked chicken - can be left overs from a roast or just from a bought roast chook at supermarket (make sure its a lilydale free range!) This one is definitely optional, I only add it in if we have left over chicken to beef it up a bit if we are more hungry than usual as there is enough protein in the haloumi alone.

 

First stage

Simply toss the pumpkin in some coconut oil and bake in oven at 180 degrees till browned and soft. In the last 10 mins of baking, toss in your capsicum strips.

Dry fry pine nuts quickly in fry pan until browned

Arrange rocket on 2 or 4 plates depending on whether you want 2 large salads as mains or 4 entree size salads, arrange pumpkin, capsicum and pinenuts on top.

*at this point, you may need to feed/bathe kids, make the dressing (see further down) or simply sit down with a wine and collect your thoughts and check facebook, all perfectly acceptable things to do at this point of the procedure*  

 

Second Stage

Slice haloumi into 1cm thick clices and fry in same pan that you dry fried pine nuts, cook on each side until nice and brown and then transfer onto some paper towel.

pull apart some chicken and just scatter pieces over the top

once haloumi has cooled slightly, also rip into pieces and scatter over the top

now scatter the sliced onion and pop basil leaves as the crowning glory in the centre

 

Third stage - Dressing

Easy Peasy dressing that works well with a lot of salads. In a small bowl or jar, add about 1/3 cup of extra virgin olive oil, half that amount of balsamic vinegar and 1 tspn of a good raw honey. Stir or shake and drizzle over your salads.

 

Easy Peasy (most of my recipes are) as that's my kind of cooking, but flavoursome, healthy and pretty to look at!

Bon Appetit!

 

Yours in health,

 

Alisha x


7 Responses

naughtynaturopathmum
naughtynaturopathmum

February 17, 2014

;) Let me know how you go Nicola!

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Bek Mugridge
Bek Mugridge

March 12, 2013

Oh Yum, yum! I want this for dinner now! :)
I love haloumi! We have a locally made one here on the sunshine coast too, buffalo! XX

Naughty Naturopath Mum
Naughty Naturopath Mum

March 12, 2013

Oh it’s a winner Bek! I want it tonight and I want your scrolls right now! Pity I can’t be bothered even cooking tonight! Pooped! x

Nicola
Nicola

February 17, 2014

Love the perfectly acceptable pause in proceedings!!! You are clearly on my wavelength :) can’t wait to try this xx

Tracy Rullo
Tracy Rullo

February 21, 2013

Yum :) My kind of cooking. Thanks for the share *adding items to shopping list.

thenaughtynaturopathmum
thenaughtynaturopathmum

February 21, 2013

Enjoy Tracy! x

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