This Middle Eastern inspired salad is the perfect dish to enjoy with friends and family whatever the weather.

2 - 4 people

Cook - 20 -25 minutes


For the salad:

- 300g baby carrots, peeled

- 2 tbsp olive oil

- 2 tsp runny honey
- ½ tsp paprika
- 120g freekeh
- 250g halloumi, sliced into 1cm pieces

- large handful basil/mint/coriander/parsley, finely chopped
- 40g pistachios, shelled and roughly chopped

For the dressing:

- 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 1 tbsp lime juice
- pinch za’atar
- sea salt and pepper


1 - Preheat the oven to 180C. Toss the carrots with 1 tbsp of the olive oil, 1 tsp honey and paprika and place on a large baking tray. Roast for 20-25 minutes, until cooked through and starting to caramelize at the edges.

2 - Meanwhile, bring a 1 litre of water to the boil, add the freekeh and cook for 10-12 minutes, until soft but still with a little bite. (check the cooking instructions on the packet as the timings can sometimes differ). Drain the freekeh and set aside to cool.

3 - Heat the remaining 1 tbsp olive oil in a large frying pan over a medium/hot and fry the sliced halloumi, turning after about 2 minutes, when it starts to brown. Continue to fry on the otherside for a further 2 minutes. Drizzle over the remaining teaspoon of honey and remove from the heat.

4 - To make the dressing, put all the ingredients together in a jar or bowl and whisk until fully combined. Add more seasoning to taste.

5 - Toss the roasted carrots, freekeh, half the herbs, half the pistachios and a little dressing together. Scatter over the halloumi, the remaining chopped pistachios and the remaining herbs. Drizzle over a little more dressing and serve straight away.



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