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Halloumi, Mango & Chickpea Salad

I’ve never been one to have salads as my main meal. For me, dinners always mean a well-rounded, balanced plate decorated with a serving of protein, a generous helping of vegetables and a side of carbs. Using this rule of thumb, I create fresh dinners for us almost every night. The theme, menu and flavours differ each night – but the essence often remains the same.

Recipe for Halloumi, Mango & Chickpea Salad taken from www.hookedonheat.com. Visit site for detailed recipe.

A couple of weeks ago, I decided to spend a rare quiet Sunday huddle in a corner of our family room, equipped with my laptop and a large mug of steaming hot chocolate. It’s been so long since I made the time to just sit and read my favourite food blogs. Blame it on a rambunctious toddler who seems to get into trouble every 5 minutes, or just me trying to put more on my plate than I can possibly manage; but somehow, I’ve missed visiting these sites for the past few months. And my, what a joy it was to revisit these old but gold friends! I came out that evening refreshed, full of new inspiration and more than a boat full of recipes bookmarked to try before this year ends in exactly three measly months!

One such recipe that I just had to run into the kitchen and give a go at was a Curried Chickpea Salad with Mango – which the blogger herself was inspired to make by Yotam Ottolenghi. It sounded absolutely delicious! I had planned on making Sloppy Joes that night for dinner, and this salad seemed like it would pair wonderfully with it. I used my own spin and made my version of the salad to suit mine, Hubby Dear’s and of course, the notorious Baby Dear’s tastes. I kid you not when I say that this kid knows good food. Following right in his mom’s footsteps I guess!

Here’s my version of the salad which is inspired by the great Ottolenghi. Serve this alongside a simple grilled chicken and some toasted garlic bread for a truly delicious, comforting meal.

Halloumi, Mango and Chickpea Salad
Prep time: 15 min | Cooking time: 10 min | Serves: 2 as main, 4 as side


For the chickpeas:
1 tbsp light cooking oil
2 cups canned/boiled chickpeas
1/2 tsp red chilli powder
1/4 tsp turmeric power
1/4 tsp cumin powder
1/2 tsp coriander powder
salt, to taste

For the Salad:
4 cups fresh baby spinach
2 cups diced halloumi, grilled
1 large mango, diced
2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
salt & pepper, to taste


Heat oil in a frying pan and add in chickpeas, spices and salt. Saute till the chickpeas are completely coated with the spices and start to brown along the edges. Keep aside.

In a large salad bowl, mix in spinach, halloumi and mango pieces. Add in the warm chickpeas and lemon juice, and mix well. Season with salt and pepper.

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  • Reply
    Swati Sapna
    November 19, 2013 at 7:25 AM

    5 stars
    Halloumi and mango! what a delightful combination… I love both ingredients, but have never tried combining the two. Looks amazing!

  • Reply
    October 30, 2013 at 6:25 AM

    5 stars
    I love spinach and since its so rich in iron and manganese… that I make sure to have it in my meal twice in a week…but as a side dish…but this recipe looks wonderful since it has got mango pieces which will give it nice flavour…

    Thanks for sharing


  • Reply
    October 28, 2013 at 8:55 PM

    5 stars
    Lovely colours… Lovely flavours… ๐Ÿ™‚ Great to be here…

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