Chilli Halloumi Pasta Salad

    Posted on 6th April 2021 by Daniel Newman-Beinart



    250g cherry tomatoes, on the vine

    1 tbsp olive oil

    1 red onion, peeled, finely chopped

    2 garlic cloves, peeled, finely chopped

    1 red chilli, finely chopped

    250g halloumi cheese, cut into 1cm/½in cubes

    400g canned cherry tomatoes

    1 tbsp chopped fresh oregano leaves

    260g penne, cooked according to packet instructions

    For the salad

    1 tsp Dijon mustard

    1 tbsp white wine vinegar

    3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

    75g rocket leaves

    1 head Little Gem lettuce, cut in half lengthways, leaves separated, washed

    75g lamb’s lettuce

    3 tbsp freshly grated parmesan (or alternative vegetarian hard cheese)



    1. For the pasta, heat a frying pan until hot over a medium heat, add the fresh cherry tomatoes and fry for 4-5 minutes, or until just softened. Remove from the pan and set aside.
    2. Add the olive oil, red onion, garlic and chilli to the pan the tomatoes were cooked in and fry for 2-3 minutes.
    3. Add the halloumi cheese and cook for 1-2 minutes on each side, or until pale golden-brown on both sides. Add the canned cherry tomatoes and bring to the boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for 2-3 minutes. Add the fresh cherry tomatoes and oregano and cook for a further minute.
    4. Add the cooked pasta to the pan and mix gently until well combined.
    5. For the salad, whisk the mustard and vinegar together in a bowl, then whisk in the olive oil.
    6. Place all the salad leaves into a bowl and pour over the dressing. Stir until well combined.
    To serve, spoon the pasta onto four serving plates and sprinkle over the grated parmesan. Spoon the dressed salad alongside.

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