Tabbouleh with halloumi

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Serves: 4

By YumYumMummy

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  • 4 tsp olive oil

  • 1 bunch parsley

  • 1 lemon juiced

  • 250g bulgar wheat

  • 4 salad tomatoes

  • 1 lemon wedges (optional)

  • 1/3 cucumber

  • 1 bunch mint

  • 250g halloumi

  • 1 bunch spring onions washed


  1. Cook bulgar wheat according to packet instructions, drain and rinse under cold water.
  2. Chop a handful each of the parsley and mint as fine as you can be bothered.
  3. Chop spring onions, tomatoes and cucumber into small dice.
  4. Mix herbs, salad veg, bulgar wheat, lemon juice and oil in bowl.
  5. Season with black pepper and salt if desired (but remember the halloumi is quite salty).
  6. Put salad aside or refrigerate if making in advance of serving.
  7. Five minutes before you are ready to serve, cut the halloumi into about 0.5cm slices.
  8. Heat a small amount of olive oil in non-stick frying pan or griddle.
  9. Add slices and fry until the cheese turns brown on the outside.
  10. Serve the salad with a couple of the cheese slices on top, adding a little more olive oil to salad if needed.

Handy Hint

  • Serve with lemon wedges if using
  • Use more parsley and mint than you might think you'll need, it tastes best if really herby
  • Best served fresh but does keep in the fridge OK for a couple of days
  • For a side salad or picnic dish, use more bulgar wheat to make it go further, and chop the fried halloumi up and mix in to the salad - yummy!

Additional Information

  • Salad

  • Make Ahead

  • bbq

  • middle eastern

  • Summer

  • Spring

  • Starter

  • Side

  • Main Course

  • Vegetarian

  • Nut Free

  • Egg Free

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  • mamamiafigaro 05/08/10 22:27

    I make this with cous cous and add a smidgen of cumin for a little kick other wise a bit bland! will try with the halloumi tho (usually just pile it on top of ritz crackers) :)

  • barbaras942 02/05/08 10:18

    There's a really good Nigella Bites recipe for Halloumi that would work with this too, which basically tells you to - Fry the sliced halloumi till they start to turn golden and crispy on the edges, and then dress while hot with mixture of lime juice, chopped red chilli,olive oil and a little sugar. Eat immediately.

  • YumYumMummy 29/01/08 21:41

    Several dinner guests have declared this the best starter ever! Also successful as a "bring a dish" offering to a summer party