-Middle Eastern-

Beetroot tabbouleh with halloumi


    100g bulgur wheat

    2x 180g packs sweet chilli beetroot (cut into wedges)

    200g radishes (trimmed & quartered)

    2 large bunches flat leaf parsley

    1 small bunch mint

    1 shallot (very finely chopped)

    3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

    juice of half a lemon (to taste)

    fresh salt and black pepper

    1 tsp baharat spice mix (available from Barts in Bristol)

    2 packs halloumi (cut into 1cm slices)

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Main serves 4

With a nod to middle-eastern flavours this herby, infused beetroot salad served with grilled halloumi ticks all the boxes when it comes to a healthy dish that doesn’t compromise on flavour. If you can't find infused beets, ordinary pre-cooked beets will work just as well.  www.lovebeetroot.co.uk

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Add the bulgar wheat to a heat proof bowl and pour in enough freshly boiled water to cover. Cover with a tea towel or cling film and set aside for 10 minutes. Drain and rinse well under cold running water. Set aside in a sieve hung over a bowl to ensure it drains completely.


Meanwhile, add the beetroot and radishes to a mixing bowl. Finely chop all the parsley, discarding the thick stalks but including thinner ones, and add to the bowl. Pick the mint leaves, discarding the stalks, and finely chop. Add to the bowl, along with the shallot.


Add the drained bulgar wheat and baharat spices and stir everything together. Finally add the olive oil and lemon juice to taste, seasoning with salt and black pepper. Set aside for 30 minutes to allow the flavours to infuse.


Preheat a griddle pan to smoking hot. Drizzle a little oil over the cheese then griddle for a couple of minutes on each side until crisp.


Give the tabbouleh a final stir and spoon into a serving dish. Top with the halloumi and serve immediately.

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