Pearl Couscous Salad with Za’atar Halloumi And Pomegranate
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Pearl Couscous Salad with Za’atar Halloumi And Pomegranate

A Nod to Middle Eastern Flavours with This Delicious Salad That Is Super Light to Eat but Packs an Earthy Punch. This Za’atar Halloumi and Pearl Couscous Salad Makes A Perfect Weekday Dinner.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Salad
Cuisine: Middle Eastern
Keyword: Cooked Salad, Light Sides, Spring Salad, Summer Salad
Dietary: Gluten Free, Nut Free, Vegetarian
Food Group: Dairy, Fruit, Grains/Pasta/Rice, Spices, Vegetables
Servings: 4
Calories: 429kcal

Ingredients

Salad

  • 250 g halloumi cheese
  • 100 g cherry tomatoes
  • 1 cup pearl couscous, uncooked
  • 1 cup spinach, leaves
  • ½ pomegranate
  • ½ bunch mint
  • 2 tbsp za'atar
  • 2 tbsp Greek yoghurt, plain

Dressing

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp wholegrain mustard
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 2 tsp lemon juice
  • salt, to taste
  • pepper, to taste

Instructions

Salad

  • Cut halloumi into thick slices approximately 0.5cm and lightly brush with olive oil, then cover both sides with za’atar.
  • Fry halloumi slices in a large pan over medium heat for approximately 1-2 minutes each side or until golden brown.
  • In a medium pot, add tbsp olive oil and gently toast the dried pearl couscous for 1-2 minutes. Then add 1 ½ cup of water and simmer in a covered pot for approximately 10 minutes. Use a fork to separate the grains and remove to cool down.
  • To pop pomegranate seeds, roll the fruit to loosen the seeds. Then score the fruit in the middle and tear it in half. Over a bowl, hold the fruit face down and use a spoon to tap the back of skin and squeeze the fruit a little for the seeds to pop out.

Dressing

  • In a small bowl, add olive oil, lemon juice, wholegrain mustard, honey, salt & pepper and whisk well together.

Assembly

  • In a large mixing bowl, place pearl couscous, cherry tomatoes, pomegranate seeds, spinach leaves and mint together and mix well.
  • Add the dressing to the pearl couscous salad ingredients and mix well.
  • Using a dinner bowl, pile pearl couscous salad and then layer za’atar halloumi on top.
  • Add a generous dollop of plain Greek yoghurt to serve.

Notes

  • Za’atar can be found in Mediterranean or Middle East food stores in the spice section. If you can’t find it, try mixing dried thyme, sumac and toasted sesame to coat halloumi.
  • Can substitute pomegranate seeds with dried cranberries. Still gives a great tangy taste.
  • This serving is great for a side dish but can also work perfectly as an easy weekday meal for 2.

Nutrition

Calories: 429kcal | Carbohydrates: 48g | Protein: 21g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 873mg | Potassium: 267mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 938IU | Vitamin C: 13mg | Calcium: 696mg | Iron: 3mg
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