I was looking for something nutty and delicious for work lunches recently and had some haloumi staring at me in my fridge. The result was this haloumi with broccoli and cauliflower dish, packed with nuts, seeds and most importantly flavour! Easy to whip up and oh-so-tasty.
I was inspired by a recipe I found on Taste.
- Head of broccoli
- Head of cauliflower
- Olive oil
- Small red onion
- 1/3 cup pistachios
- 1/4 cup pumpkin seeds
- 1/4 cup dried apricots
- 2 lemons
- Half a bunch of fresh parsley
- Half a bunch of mint
- Salt and pepper
- 225g haloumi
- Remove the leaves and stems of the cauliflower and broccoli and finely grate
- Place in a microwave safe dish, cover and steam for 2.5 minutes. Stir, then cook for a further 2.5 minutes or until just tender. Drizzle with olive oil
- Finely slice the red onion and toss through the cauliflower mix
- Roughly chop the pistachios, then combine with the pumpkin seeds and dry toast in a pan until lightly toasted. Remove from the heat and add to the cauliflower mix
- Roughly chop the apricots and zest the lemons, then toss through
- Chop the parsley and herbs and add to the bowl , season with salt and pepper and mix well. Spoon on to a serving dish.
- Slice the haloumi in to batons and cook until golden on each side. Place on top of the broccoli and cauliflower mix.
- Sprinkle dukkah on top and serve with lemon wedges
I love all the textures and flavours at place in this haloumi with broccoli and cauliflower dish. It certainly is more than a sum of its parts! I used my hazelnut and pistachio dukkah which still remains my favourite dukkah recipe. If you haven’t made it before I highly recommend you give it a try!
The dried apricots give it a nice little burst of sweetness. You could use dried cranberries if you prefer, or even currants. Combined with the crunch of the toasted pistachios and pumpkin seeds and you’ve got yourself a super satisfying lunch or dinner option.
Technically I guess the base of this dish could be called cauliflower and broccoli rice. I wasn’t specifically setting out to make a carb-free dish though, rather just up my veggie intake! If you have a food processor I definitely recommend using it to grate the veggies, but a traditional grater will work too. It might just be a little messier!