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Looking for a fresh salad with a good serving of vegetarian-friendly protein? Look no further!
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 35 mins
Total Time: 45 mins
Serves: 1
Course: Lunch, Main Course, Salad
Cuisine: International
Diet: Vegetarian
Dietary Requirements: Egg-Free, Gluten Free, Pescatarian, Pregnancy-Safe, Vegetarian
Author: Steph Wearne


For the salad

  • 2 tbsp quinoa (raw) rinsed
  • 2/3 cup pumpkin cut into cubes
  • 30 g haloumi sliced
  • 1/4 cup lentils tinned, drained & rinsed
  • 5 cherry tomatoes halved
  • 1 tbsp red onion sliced
  • 1 tbsp fresh parsley
  • 1 cup rocket leaves
  • 1 tsp pomegranate seeds

For the salad dressing

  • 1 tsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp mustard dijon
  • 1/4 tsp raw honey
  • salt & pepper to taste


  • Preheat the oven to 180⁰C. Roast the pumpkin for 30-35 minutes or until soft.
  • Meanwhile, cook the quinoa according to packet instructions.
  • Combine the lentils, tomatoes, onion, pistachio nuts, currants, parsley and rocket and set aside in a serving bowl.
  • Make the dressing by combining the olive oil, lemon juice, dijon mustard and raw honey together, and drizzle over the salad.
  • When the roasting pumpkin is almost ready, grill the haloumi slices for 1-2 minutes on each side (or dry fry on a frypan on medium heat starts to brown and crisp up turn the pieces over and cook on the other side for another minute or two).
  • Add the pumpkin and quinoa to the salad and gently toss through the salad, then sprinkle the pomegranate seeds and top your salad with the warm haloumi. Now it’s ready to eat!
Nutrition Facts
Quinoa Pumpkin Haloumi Rocket Salad
Amount Per Serving
Calories 506 Calories from Fat 194
% Daily Value*
Fat 21.6g33%
Saturated Fat 6.4g40%
Sodium 440mg19%
Potassium 1147mg33%
Carbohydrates 46.5g16%
Fiber 12.6g53%
Sugar 20.7g23%
Protein 23.1g46%
Vitamin A 7811IU156%
Vitamin B3 3mg15%
Vitamin C 43mg52%
Vitamin K 95µg90%
Calcium 389mg39%
Iron 7mg39%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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