This is a delicious, fresh tasting summer dish. Couscous (it doesn’t even need cooking!) is mixed with courgettes, sundried tomatoes, chickpeas, spring onion, pine nuts (optional), mint, parsley, garlic and lemon juice, and topped with slightly charred and naturally salty halloumi cheese. Super satisfying! My kids generally turn their nose up at more adventurous cheeses like brie or goats cheese, but love halloumi.
You could vary or scale down what ingredients you use, to make it appeal to your family specifically. I think mint, garlic and lemon juice are essential flavours though. Veg wise peppers, fresh tomatoes, soya beans, red onion, green beans and asparagus would also work well. And feta cheese would make a great substitute for halloumi. Allow about 15 minutes to make everything. If you have a griddle pan then use that to fry the halloumi, otherwise a regular non-stick frying pan is fine.
Summer Couscous with Fried Halloumi (serves 4)
1 small courgette, chopped small
4 sundried tomatoes, chopped very small
Can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
Large handful of mint (add more if you want a really fresh flavour!)
Small handful of parsley
6 spring onions, chopped small
Optional – pine nuts, toasted (do this by frying them in a hot dry pan until slightly browned for about a minute, shaking regularly to avoid them burning)
2 cloves garlic, crushed
Juice of 1/2 lemon
1 vegetable stock cube, crumbled
1-2 tbsp oil from the sundried tomato jar (or any oil)
1 block halloumi cheese, sliced
Make the couscous as per the pack instructions (normally only takes 5 minutes). Meanwhile, fry the courgette in a little oil for 5 minutes. Add the tomatoes, chickpeas, mint, parsley, spring onions, pine nuts (if using), garlic, lemon, vegetable stock and oil. Heat for another minute or two until warmed through. Taste and add salt and pepper and extra mint if you think it needs it.
Griddle or fry the halloumi on each side, until golden and slightly crispy (1-2 minutes each side). Spoon the couscous salad in to bowls and top with a few slices of halloumi and a sprig of mint. Eat!