One thing I am loving at the moment is the abundance of fresh vegetables available – thanks to Spring!
I decided to take full advantage of the lovely weekend we had and make a light, fragrant and fresh salad for dinner. A pea and haloumi salad with zucchini ribbon, spinach, lentils and a dill lemon dressing sounded perfect (all seasonal produce – high five!).
Other things I am loving at the moment is a glass of red wine, doing yoga at home before I start my day, feeling the sun and the wind on my arms (good riddance winter!) and spending time in the park. What are you enjoying at the moment?
Ingredients: 1 packet haloumi cheese, 100 grams rinsed baby spinach, 1 400gm rinsed tin lentils, 300 grams of green peas, 2 zucchini’s, 1/2 a lemon, 1/4 cup chopped dill, 1 tablespoon flour, 1 clove of crushed garlic, 1 tea spoon dijon mustard and olive oil
- Prepare the vegetables by having the rinsed spinach, drained lentils, cooked peas ready and set aside
- Peel the zucchini length ways with a peeler and peel ribbons of the zucchini but stop when you reach the seeds in the middle. That part isn’t too tasty raw- the rest is fine. Delicious in fact!
- Slice the haloumi into .75cm thich strips and then half into a smaller rectangle shape. Light dust each piece with flour and set aside.
- In a fry pan over a medium heat, heat a very light drizzle of olive oil or spray with cooking oil. When pan is hot add the haloumi and fry for 3-4 minutes on each side or until browned.
- Whilst haloumi is cooking make the dill lemon dressing. In a jar or mug mix 1 half of a lemon’s juice with double the amount of olive oil. Add the chopped dill, crushed clove of garlic, teaspoon of dijon mustard and season with salt and pepper, stir vigorously.
- When the haloumi is cooked, squeeze some lemon juice over and remove from pan. Let cool whilst you assemble salad
- In a bowl combine the zucchini ribbon, spinach leaves, peas and lentils and top with the haloumi. Dress when serving. Enjoy!
With the fresh zucchini, sweet peas, salty haloumi and the zesty dill drizzle this was a flavour sensation! A fresh and light salad to match the end of a lovely sunny day.
The lentils and the haloumi are both rich in protein so although this salad is very light, it kept me very full and satisfied after dinner.
I also got my daily dose of Popeye greens which I coudn’t function without. Whats a food you can’t function without?
Have a wonderful day, Bec xo