Halloumi and Mixed Vegetable Couscous with Tzatziki

I absolutely adore Greek food. I spent a lot of my summer’s when I was younger on holiday travelling around the Greek Islands, so the food and country is very special to me. This dish is inspired by my travels and it really reminds of the brilliant food I enjoyed on my holidays. I’ve cooked and enjoyed Halloumi for as long as I can remember and it’s a staple ingredient in my kitchen all year round as it’s so versatile. I also love making mixed veggie couscous salads all the time, so I thought, why not combine the two. The flavours in the dish all work hand in hand and of course my favourite addition is the homemade Tzatziki. Which is beyond amazing, it just brings the whole dish together for me and this Tzatziki recipe tastes exactly like one I bought from a local deli in Avalaki in Corfu- it’s that good! If you’re a big fan of Greek food then you definitely need to give this recipe a go!

grilled veg salad

halloumi

(Serves 4-6)

Ingredients- 

2 packs of Halloumi, sliced to medium thickness

Vegetable Couscous- 

250g of couscous

400ml of boiling water

1 pointy red pepper (such as Ramiro), deseeded and cut into small chunks 

2 medium courgettes, cut into small chunks 

1 red onion, diced finely 

500g of mushrooms, quartered

Homemade Tzatziki- 

200g of full-fat Greek yogurt

2 cloves of garlic, finely minced 

1/4 cup of freshly grated cucumber

Juice of 1/2 lemon

Drizzle of Greek olive oil

Method- 

1. Make the couscous: Place the couscous in a large heat-proof bowl. Pour over the water and cover- don’t stir. Leave for 5-7 minutes or until all the water has been absorbed and couscous is fluffy. For the veg, scatter evenly on a large baking tray, drizzle with olive oil and season. Bake at 180 degrees C Fan for 20-25 minutes. Once cooked, mix through the couscous and leave covered until needed.

2. For the Halloumi: Pan fry or grill until coloured on both sides- whilst cooking, sprinkle over a few fresh thyme leaves. Once coloured and fully cooked drizzle over some lemon juice.

3. Prepare the tzatziki: Mix together the yogurt, garlic and lemon juice and season to taste. Drain the grated cucumber through a clean paper towel- try to remove and squeeze out as much of the juice as you can, mix in the cucumber. Then drizzle the top with a little olive oil, cover and store in the fridge until ready to serve.

 To serve, dish up the couscous, then place the cooked Halloumi pieces on top. Finish with a drizzle of Greek olive oil and some fresh mint leaves. Serve alongside the tzatziki.

halloumi veg salad

Also, a few weeks ago my Sister travelled to Zakynthos. She took lots of amazing photos, so I thought I would share some! Zakynthos is one of my favourite holiday destinations, the island and scenery is absolutely stunning and of course the food is amazing.

If you follow me on Instagram you may have seen me share a pic of some amazing gifts like this amazing thyme-infused honey and a pretty aqua sarong my sister bought me.

greece gifts

 

 

jess

 

62 thoughts on “Halloumi and Mixed Vegetable Couscous with Tzatziki

  1. Beautiful photos! I can’t wait to visit Greece, it looks so beautiful. I’ve never heard of halloumi before. I learned something new 😀 looks delicious

  2. I know the halloumi since Helen spoke in her blog! I must try these chesse grek soon! your dish looks delicious ! A perfect dinner for summer. Your photos make me dream with the Grece, I would like visit it very soon !

  3. I love Greek food! Halloumi is so popular now, but I still haven’t tried it yet, oops! Looks yum 🙂

  4. I absolutely love Greek food, too…but it’s so hard to find good Greek food here in upstate New York. So I’m left to make it, instead…and this recipe will be on my list! Love those pics, too…now I have to make my way to Greece sometime soon. 🙂

  5. Wow! Talk about inspiring travel photos. And not to mention the food photos. HOLY YUM! This salad looks like a flavour explosion and I want to dive right in!

    • Thanks Christin! Greece is a lovely travel spot if you ever travel around Europe, amazing food and scenery- what’s not to love! Really happy you like the recipe, it’s so simple to make and it you’re so right, it would definitely make a brilliant summer meal!

  6. Ahhh … isn’t it beautiful there? Now you’re making me feel ‘homesick’, Jessica!
    While I was living in Greece, I ate halloumi a lot, but never exactly like this. What a great idea! (another similar idea is to thread the pieces onto skewers with the veggies and squeeze over the lemon juice at the end) 🙂

    • Thanks Helen! I knew you’d love this recipe, as you’ve lived in Greece! Halloumi is amazing, if I ever live in Greece I’m sure I’d eat it every single day without a problem! Love the idea- I also love to make veggie halloumi skewers. 🙂

  7. We had couscous last night for dinner! I love the flavour combinations here. I love Greek food so much also, and enjoyed the photos! The gifts look so precious also. Thanks for sharing Jess!

  8. Holy smokes this looks good Jessica! Okay I’m super embarrassed, I’ve never even heard of Halloumi. Do I live under a rock?? This looks insanely good.

  9. This salad is just gorgeous Jessica! I love the flavors – such a great idea to combine your favorites – it sounds perfect! Beautiful photos too – loved Greece and can’t wait to go back again one day.

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