One thing I am loving at the moment is the abundance of fresh vegetables available – thank you 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 reading 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, a 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!
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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 couldn’t function without. Whats a food you can’t function without?
Have a wonderful day, Bec xo