Spice roasted pumpkin haloumi salad with pomegranate and preserved lemon herb sauce

While I had every intention of creating this dish as an autumnal recipe, Melbourne seems to have skipped a season and gone straight into winter. Luckily for me, spice roasted pumpkin haloumi salad transcends seasonal boundaries, and most other things, really.

This dish is inherently gluten free, vegetarian, and free of onion and garlic. These labels only matter if you or your guests need them to, of course, otherwise it’s just a delicious, warming meal, as visually appealing and abundant in halloumi as it is delicious.

I originally created this recipe for Country Road homewares. I enjoyed it so much, however, that I had to share it here.

PUMPKIN HALOUMI SALAD + FODMAPS

If you’re catering to FODMAP friendly vegans, I have a recipe for a roasted pumpkin salad with FODMAP friendly hummus and pine nut mint sauce. Alternatively, If you’re feeling an autumnal sweet tooth coming on, might I suggest the spiced pumpkin loaf with chocolate chai buttercream? 

A few tips and tricks to make this pumpkin haloumi salad as FODMAP friendly as can be:

  • Use Kent or Japanese pumpkin. They are lower in FODMAPs than the Butternut variety.
  • Haloumi is FODMAP friendly in servings of 2 slices per person. This recipe uses a packet, so the FODMAP content of haloumi isn’t an issue unless you hog all of it.
  • Make sure you find a traditionally made Greek Yoghurt. It is lower in FODMAPs than ‘Greek Style.’ Alternatively, you could use a coconut yoghurt, but make sure it doesn’t contain too many fillers or gums.
  • To make this pumpkin haloumi salad vegan, you could use a vegan haloumi and coconut yoghurt. Check the labels of the vegan haloumi though, as they are all made a little bit differently.
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Spice roasted pumpkin haloumi salad with yoghurt, pomegranate and a herb and preserved lemon dressing

Spice roasted Pumpkin with preserved lemon herb sauce, pomegranate and haloumi

Gluten free, grain free, vegetarian
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time35 mins
Total Time55 mins

Ingredients

For the pumpkin:

  • Roughly 750g Kent pumpkin skin on or off, according to your preference
  • 2-3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon of each: cinnamon ground cumin, garam masala, sea salt and brown sugar
  • 1 piece of preserved lemon finely chopped (optional)
  • Dried chilli flakes to your taste

For the preserved lemon and herb sauce (you will likely have some leftover):

  • 1 large bunch of mint reserve a few leaves for garnish
  • 1 large bunch of coriander or a large handful of greens like rocket for a more economical option
  • 30 g around 2 small pieces preserved lemon
  • Juice of 1 lemon or lime rind reserved
  • 1/2 cup good quality olive oil
  • Pinch of sea salt

To assemble:

  • 1 packet of halloumi in Australia, packets vary in size, but any amount will work
  • 1/4-1/2 a pomegranate arils removed
  • 4-5 tablespoons Greek yoghurt

Instructions

Method:

  • Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius and line a baking tray. Chop the pumpkin to your liking – pieces slightly larger than bite size are ideal. Remove the skin if you intend to do so – I like to keep it on.
  • In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the oil with all the spices for the pumpkin, and add the preserved lemon, if you’re using it. Add the pumpkin to the bowl, and use your hands to make sure the pumpkin is evenly coated in oil and spices.
  • Lay the pumpkin evenly on the baking tray, ensuring to leave space between the pieces. Failure to do so will result in soggy pumpkin.
  • Place the pumpkin into the oven for at least half an hour – this may be slightly shorter or longer, depending on how thick your pieces are.
  • Put all the ingredients for preserved lemon and herb oil into your food processor, and blitz until a smooth, green sauce forms. Decant from the blender and into a bowl, ready to drizzle.
  • Once the half hour is up or the pumpkin is soft, turn the grill on, and leave it for a couple of minutes to develop a bit of crunch.
  • While the pumpkin is under the grill, heat a nonstick saucepan to a high heat, and grease it with a tiny bit of oil. Slice your haloumi into whatever size you desire, and then place it onto the hot pan. It should sizzle upon contact. Cook the haloumi slices for a minute or so each side – enough to make them melty and develop a golden brown colour, but not enough to burn them. Immediately remove from the heat.
  • To assemble, lay the warm pumpkin on the serving platter, followed by the haloumi. Dot the Greek yoghurt and preserved lemon herb sauce on top, and finish with the pomegranate arils, any herbs leftover for garnish, and a zesting of microplaned lemon rind. You could also add a drizzle of balsamic vinegar or olive oil. Serve immediately.

Spice roasted pumpkin haloumi salad with yoghurt, pomegranate and a herb and preserved lemon dressing

Spice roasted pumpkin haloumi salad with yoghurt, pomegranate and a herb and preserved lemon dressing

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