BBQ Halloumi and spring onion kebabs

This delicious quinoa salad with Tenderstem, soy beans and chilli dressing served with BBQ Halloumi and spring onion kebabs is a great alternative to cooking meat on the barbecue.  

A light, healthy summer dish – perfect for BBQs or al-fresco eating

Serves: 4

Preparation time: 5 minutes

Cooking time: 15 minutes

You will need:

For the dressing

3 tbsp olive oil

Juice & zest 1 lemon

2 long red chillies, finely chopped

2 cloves garlic, crushed

A small bunch of flatleaf parsley, chopped

Salt & freshly ground black pepper

For the kebabs:

2 packs of halloumi cheese, each cut into 6 cubes

A bunch of spring onions, cut into 3cm lengths

4 long wooden skewers, soaked in cold water for 30 minutes

For the salad

200g quinoa

300g frozen soy beans (or use frozen peas if you prefer)

240g Tenderstem, cut into 3-4cm pieces


What to do:

In a mixing bowl whisk together the olive oil, lemon juice and zest, chilli, garlic and parsley. Season to taste with salt and black pepper.

Add 2 tablespoons of the dressing to another bowl, and toss in the halloumi and the spring onions. Set aside to marinate whilst you make the salad.

Cook the quinoa according to the packet instructions – about 12-15 minutes – and toss through the rest of the dressing whilst still warm.

Blanch the Tenderstem and soy beans (or peas) in boiling water for 3 minutes until just tender but with plenty of bite. Drain well and toss through the quinoa. Taste to check the seasoning, adding a little more salt and pepper if necessary. Set aside while you finish the kebabs.

Take a wooden skewer and thread alternately with halloumi and pieces of spring onion. Heat a BBQ or griddle pan to hot and cook the kebabs for 2-3 minutes on each side until the halloumi is crisp on the outside. Serve immediately with generous helping of salad.



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