February 27, 2013

Warm haloumi and vegetable pasta salad

This is one of my favourite salads, it can be served as a meat free meal or a side dish if entertaining for a large group of people.

What you will need:
240g penne pasta
250g haloumi cheese
1 zucchini
1 bunch of asparagus
100g rocket
8 cherry tomatoes
1 avocado
1 teaspoon of lemon juice
1 heaped tablespoon of sour cream
1 heaped tablespoon of basil pesto
Salt and pepper

1. Bring a pot of water to the boil, once water is boiling add the dry penne pasta.
2. Slice haloumi cheese into thin slices.
3. Spray a grilled fry pan with olive oil, once heated add haloumi and fry on both sides until golden brown.
4. Dice the zucchini and avocado. Chop the asparagus into 3cm pieces and the cherry tomatoes in half.
5. The haloumi should now be golden brown and can be removed from the fry pan.
6. Add the zucchini, asparagus and cherry tomatoes to the fry pan and cook.
7. Once the pasta is cooked to your perfection, remove from heat and drain.
8. Combine the lemon juice, sour cream and pesto to the pasta, season with salt and pepper.
9. Add the rocket to a large serving bowl and fold in the pasta.
10. Combine the haloumi, zucchini, asparagus, cherry tomatoes and avocado and fold into rocket and pasta.
11. Enjoy!

Serves 4 as a meal, can serve between 6-8 as a side dish.