This lovely chickpea, quinoa, and halloumi salad can be prepared in about 30 minutes and has everything you need — crisp greens, lots of protein, and bursting with flavor. It’s very satisfying! 

Warm Halloumi with Chickpea Quinoa Salad
Serves 2
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Total Time
30 min
Total Time
30 min
  1. 1 cup quinoa
  2. 1 3/4 cup water or stock
  3. 1 teaspoon salt
  4. 1/2 small red onion, diced
  5. 1 handful mint leaves, roughly chopped
  6. 1 handful cilantro, roughly chopped
  7. 1 can cooked chickpeas, drained
  8. 1 small cucumber, diced
  9. 3 tablespoons olive oil
  10. 2 tablespoons balsamic
  11. a handful of pomegranate seeds
  12. sea salt and black pepper
  13. 4 slices halloumi cheese
  14. 2 large handfuls of watercress
  1. For the quinoa: Pour the water or stock into a medium saucepan with 1 teaspoon of salt and bring to a boil. Add the quinoa, cover, and let simmer until all the water is absorbed. Turn the heat off, give the quinoa a stir to fluff it up, and set aside to cool.
  2. Mix the rest of the ingredients (everything but the watercress) in a large bowl.
  3. Now add the quinoa to the other ingredients and mix well. Set aside.
  4. To prepare the halloumi, slice it into about 1/2 cm slices. Heat a small frying pan and add the halloumi. Brown for a few minutes on each side. You may add olive oil to this, but I fry my halloumi in a nonstick pan without oil and it works perfectly.
  5. To assemble the salad, place the watercress on a plate, top with the quinoa mixture, and place the golden halloumi on top. Bon appetit!
  1. About 550 calories per serving.
Sousan Alwan

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