Pumpkin, Haloumi Salad with Baby Kale
No matter how I try I can’t get Skater to like roast potatoes. It probably is a blessing in disguise because I can’t resist them. Just the thought of roast potatoes is enough to prompt me to turn on the oven.
Instead, a piece of pumpkin fell out of the fridge onto my foot and it’s fate was sealed. So, ever hopeful, while I was chopping it up to be roasted into the most delicious salad, I enquired if Skater may be tempted by Roast baby Lamb Leg with a side of Roasted Pumpkin. To my enormous surprise he said yes. O.M.G I knew if I just kept cooking, one day it would get eaten!
You can eat this warm as a side dish or at room temperature depending on just where you are in the world. Salty crispy haloumi seems like it could almost be the most perfect match to pumpkin ever, and just so happened to be lurking in the crisper too. I’ve used a giant wholemeal (wholewheat) couscous or Moghrabieh. I love the shape and texture and it soaks up dressing making them little bombs of flavour. You could use any other grain you want including Quinoa. The beauty of this is the sweet sweet pumpkin and the salty squeaky cheese.
I have the tiniest tender baby Kale here. Now stop. I know you are going to laugh at me because I am usually SO anti- Kale, but it’s not that I am against Kale as a green vegetable no… green is beautiful in peas, spinach, rocket, beans, broccoli etc etc. I just don’t want to deal with Kale. Baby Kale is good, it’s sweet and crunchy and tender. But I just refuse to jump in and massage my Kale or anyone else’s Kale for that matter. No I haven’t gone mad. Don’t you know, now that everyone has given up on making their Kale into Chips ( what?) the new trend is “massaging” kale leaves to make them palatable. Bwahaha! No
This is so simple and it goes with so many things. Chicken, Steak, Lamb and add a little more lemon or some chopped preserved lemon and pair it with fish.
I made enough to last for a day or so, cause it keeps so well. The next day, just to prove I have no real green prejudice I added green beans because Skater also said he would eat these. I wonder if you can hear me whooping from your place. Sometime soon I will be able to cook all the things I want to eat.
- 500 gm Kent (Jap) Pumpkin (1 quarter of any Pumpkin that is sweet)
- 200 gm Haloumi sliced
- ½ cup of Moghrabieh
- 2 handfuls of baby Kale or Baby Spinach or Rocket
- ½ bunch or chives
- 2 tablespoons of Dukkah ( mine had sesame, cumin and hazelnut crumbs)
- 80 ml olive oil ( or more) for browning the Haloumi and baking the pumpkin
- 80 ml Olive Oil (1/4 cup for the dressing)
- 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
- 40 ml white balsamic ( or lemon juice, 2 tablespoons )
- ¼ teaspoon smoked paprika
- ¼ teaspoon cumin
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- a little sugar to taste ( if required depending on the vinegar you use)
- Put a small pot of water on the stove to boil and add a little salt when boiling, add the giant couscous and simmer until tender. Drain and set aside.
- Cut the pumpkin into even sized slices and toss in a little oilve oil and salt and pepper in a bowl. Then spread them onto the baking sheet and sprinkle with 2-3 tablespoon of dukkah. Roast 15-20 minutes or until just tender
- Meanwhile heat the frypan making sure it is quite hot before adding a little oil and then the Haloumi in batches. Turn when golden on one side and then turn and brown the other side. Put onto a plate or onto the side of the pumpkin tray.
- Make the dressing by mixing all of the dressing ingredients and shaking or mixing well. Taste. Adjust if necessary.
- Toss the couscous and the chives in the dressing. Layer the Pumpkin and Haloumi on a plate and pour over the couscous mixed with dressing and finish with baby Kale leaves.
- Sprinkle with extra dukkah.