Multi-Coloured Halloumi and Quinoa Salad

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5 from 2 votes

A deliciously fresh halloumi and quinoa salad with all the colors of the rainbow! Herby and zesty, topped with avocado, mango, and halloumi cheese, this salad has everything!

top view image of a plate full of colorful halloumi and quinoa salad, topped with a bunch of  cress

I’m growing to love salad more and more as the years go on.

To be honest I’m not a huge lettuce fan, I mean I’ll eat it but I wouldn’t choose to put a bunch of leaves on the side of a meal unless they have some good flavor of their own.

But salads like this, I can get RIGHT on board with.

All the flavors of the herbs are blended together and mixed with the quinoa base and woken up with a spritz of fresh lime, by now you must know that lime is one of my favorite things ever!

top view image of a plate full of colorful halloumi and quinoa salad, topped with a bunch of  cress

This salad is adapted from one of my absolute favorite books, Jamie Oliver’s 15-minute meals.

I have to say though, I consider myself to be a cook of a fairly decent skill level, but I have NEVER been able to make one of his meals in 15 minutes.

However, the recipes are SO good, I’m willing to let that slide ;)

The original version of this salad uses grilled chicken as the main topping, so I’ve subbed halloumi cheese instead to make a vegetarian version.

close up view image of a plate full of colorful halloumi and quinoa salad, topped with a bunch of  cress

I’ve made this salad so many times, friends, I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

top view image of a plate full of halloumi and quinoa salad
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5 from 2 votes

Multi-Coloured Halloumi and Quinoa Salad

A deliciously fresh halloumi and quinoa salad with all the colors of the rainbow! Herby and zesty, topped with avocado, mango, and halloumi cheese, this salad has everything!
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time25 minutes
Total Time35 minutes
Course: Salad
Cuisine: American, Mediterranean, Vegan
Diet: Vegan, Vegetarian
Servings: 4
Calories: 629kcal

Ingredients

Quinoa

  • 10.5 oz quinoa
  • 1 red chili medium, deseeded and deveined,
  • 4 spring onions
  • 1 fresh coriander bunch
  • 1 fresh mint bunch
  • 3.5 oz spinach
  • fresh lime juice squeeze
  • 1 tbsp olive oil

Salad Toppings

  • 1 red pepper
  • 1 orange pepper
  • 2 tsp paprika smoked
  • 1/2 mango ripe
  • 1 avocado
  • 9 oz halloumi cheese
  • 1 cup cress
  • 4 tbsp yogurt

Instructions

  • Cook the quinoa in a large pot of boiling water for 10-15 minutes, drain and rinse with cold water.
  • In a food processor, blitz the herbs for the quinoa with the spinach, chilli and spring onions until everythign is finely chopped.
  • Mix the mixture with the quinoa, olive oil and lime juice in a large bowl and place on a large serving platter.
  • Cut the peppers into strips and toss with the smoked paprika. Fry on a medium heat for 5-10 minutes until soft.
  • Cut the halloumi cheese into 1/4 inch thick slices and fry until golden brown on both sides.
  • Top the salad with the peppers, halloumi, chopped mango, avocado, cress and natural yogurt.

Notes

Serve immediately: Salad can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 days. Best eaten on the day it is made.

Nutrition

Calories: 629kcal | Carbohydrates: 60g | Protein: 28g | Fat: 32g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 13g | Cholesterol: 3mg | Sodium: 807mg | Potassium: 1038mg | Fiber: 11g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 4659IU | Vitamin C: 110mg | Calcium: 743mg | Iron: 5mg

Images by Lauren Caris Short.

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  2. Wow, this salad looks amazing! Although I think chefs often stretch (or shrink, I should say) the truth about how long things take, I’m so glad when the results turn out well. It’s the mango that really interests me in this salad. I can’t wait to try it.

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    • Haha definitely! Maybe it does take Jamie Oliver only 15 minutes… but the result is worth it even though it’s about double that for me! The mango adds such a delicious and surprising sweetness, I think that combined with the saltiness of the halloumi is really what makes it special.

      Thanks for the lovely comment – let me know when you’ve made it!

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  4. I absolutely love the recipes in Jamie’s 15 Minute Meal but I agree – they always take me much longer! I guess he doesn’t have to worry about cleaning up as he cooks.. he has someone to do it for him!

    This looks delicious – I’m definitely saving it to make when the weather warms up a bit!

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