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Pear, Walnut and Haloumi Salad

Peppery watercress, creamy haloumi cheese and sweet pear harmonise beautifully in this lovely salad.

Prep Time

15 mins

Cook Time

10-20 mins

Serves

6

as a starter

Gluten Free

Vegetarian

Special Occasions

Salads & Sides

Quick & Easy

Mediterranean

$

Dinner

Lunch

Ingredients

4 tbsp neutral oil

1 cup walnut pieces

2 just-ripe pears

1/2 lemon, juice of

250 g haloumi cheese, thinly sliced

6 handfuls of fresh watercress sprigs or baby spinach leaves

2 avocados, cut into chunks (optional)

salt and freshly ground black pepper

Method

STEP 1

Heat 3 tbsp of the neutral oil in a frypan and fry the walnuts over a medium heat until lightly browned – about 2-3 minutes.

Lift out of the oil with a slotted spoon and drain on a paper towel.

Reserve the oil to dress the salad.

Alternatively, roast them dry on an oven tray at 180°C for 12-15 minutes.

STEP 2

Halve and core the pears and slice each half into 6-8 wedges.

Place in a mixing bowl and toss gently with the lemon juice.

STEP 3

Heat the remaining 1 tbsp oil in a frypan over a high heat.

Fry the haloumi slices until they are golden on both sides.

STEP 4

Place watercress or spinach in a large mixing bowl.

Add the pears and their juices, the walnuts and their oil (if the walnuts have been baked, add 2 tablespoons olive oil), the fried haloumi and the avocado, if using.

Season to taste with salt and pepper then toss gently.

Transfer to a serving bowl or individual plates to serve.

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