Tasty Tuesday

HelloFresh · Za’atar Haloumi Salad

Tom Rutledge
Tuesday 18th April 2017

Tom Rutledge of HelloFresh serves up another of his top-rated vegetarian recipes for us today!

Filling and flavoursome, the Za’atar Haloumi Salad with Basil Yoghurt Dressing is the perfect mid-week dinner or side dish. After all, fried cheese is always a good idea.

I grew up on a farm, so I really know how good ingredients can taste when they haven’t been sitting on supermarket shelves for days. The team at HelloFresh have scoured the country to find local, family owned suppliers where possible – this, coupled with five years of customer insight on what people like to eat, mean that we’re able to create recipes that we’re confident the whole household will love.

The key ingredient of this salad, haloumi cheese, is a staple in our household. It’s a great source of calcium and protein, and makes for a perfect vegetarian dinner with its salty, squeaky deliciousness!

Ingredients (Serves 4)

  • 200g packet pearl barley
  • 6 cups water
  • 2 carrots
  • 3 beetroot
  • 6 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 bunch basil
  • 4 Tbsp greek yoghurt
  • 2 blocks haloumi (360g)
  • 2 Tbsp za’atar
  • 1 bag rocket (140g)
  • 2 packets chia and sesame salad topper (optional)


Preheat oven to 200°C/180°C fan-forced.

To prepare the ingredients, rinse the pearl barley well. Chop the carrot and beetroot (peeled) into 1cm cubes, pick and finely chop the basil leaves, and cut the haloumi cheese into 8 slices.

Add the pearl barley and the water to a large saucepan of lightly salted water. Bring to the boil. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 30 minutes, or until soft in texture but slightly chewy. You may need to add more boiling water if it runs dry. Drain. Set aside.

Meanwhile, add the carrot, beetroot and 1/3 of the olive oil to a lined oven tray. Season with salt and pepper and toss to coat. Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until softened and lightly golden.

Combine the basil (reserve a few leaves for garnish), Greek yoghurt and another 1/3 of the olive oil in a small bowl. Season with salt and pepper.

Pat dry the haloumi cheese slices and toss in a bowl with the remaining olive oil and the za’atar spice. Heat a medium frying pan over a medium-high heat and cook the haloumi for 1-2 minutes on each side, or until golden.

In a large bowl, combine the pearl barley, carrot, beetroot and rocket leaves. Drizzle with the remaining olive oil and toss to combine.

To serve, divide the pearl barley salad between bowls and top with the za’atar halloumi. Garnish with the remaining basil leaves.

TIP: for a delicious crunch and extra health kick, sprinkle over the over the chia and sesame salad topper. Enjoy!

HelloFresh is offering TDF readers an exclusive discount of $20 off each of the first two of any boxes ordered ($40 in total). Click here to redeem the offer.

Meal-kit options include: the Family Box suitable for young families of up to four or five people, for four nights at $139.95; the Classic Box that feeds two to four people from $69.95, for three or five nights; and a Vegetarian Box for two or four people from $69.95, for three nights.

Tom’s HelloFresh Za’atar Haloumi Salad with Basil Yoghurt Dressing. Styling – Lucy Feagins & Nat Turnbull. Photo – Eve Wilson.

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