Lentil Halloumi Bowl

Mediterranean flavors and Canadian ingredients combine to create this tasty bowl of Halloumi lentils, quick and easy to prepare.

Total time: 30 minutes
Makes 4 servings


1/2 cup + 2 Tbsp (155 mL) canola oil
0.4 lb (200 g) Halloumi cheese, sliced
3/4 cup (175 mL) diced cucumber
3/4 cup (175 mL) thinly sliced red onion
2/3 cup (167 mL) diced red pepper
15 oz (400 mL) can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
1/2 tsp (2 mL) oregano
1/2 tsp (2 mL)basil
1/2 tsp (2 mL) marjoram
1/3 cup (75 mL) red wine vinegar
1/2 tsp (2 mL) salt and pepper
3 cups (75 mL) cooked whole red lentils


1- Heat a sauté pan with 2 Tbsp (30 mL) oil over a medium heat and lay the sliced Halloumi into the pan to sear to golden brown on each side.

2- While the cheese is cooking, add cucumber, onion, pepper, chickpeas, oregano, basil, and marjoram to a mixing bowl.

3- Combine remaining oil and vinegar and toss with the vegetables. Season with salt and pepper.

4- In four serving bowls, create a bed of lentils. Pour vegetables and any residual dressing over the lentils to dress them, making sure to evenly distribute the mix.

5- Top each bowl with a golden brown and partially melted piece of Halloumi cheese. Serve while the cheese is still warm.


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