When stoned fruits are in season, I go a little crazy with them. I love them fresh, as they are, grilled in savoury dishes, grilled or baked in sweet recipes, in salads and most certainly in cocktails! Did I miss anything?
So this Halloumi, Peach, Harissa and Couscous Salad is deliciously pretty and super versatile! You can dress it up in so many different ways. But what I especially love about this salad is the harissa dressing, it is simply to die for! I love making an extra amount so that I can drizzle it indiscriminately and dip bread in it!
This salad is part of a series of salad based meal plans that I’m designing for some clients, and one of the things I love about it is its versatility. Let’s deconstruct our Halloumi, Peach, Harissa and Couscous Salad and see how you can play around with it, shall we?
Halloumi, Peach, Harissa and Couscous Salad, Deconstructed
I love halloumi, for its texture and flavour. And the fact that it will hold its shape when cooked. You can read more about halloumi here.
In this salad, the halloumi lends a meaty dimension to the light salad. Its savoury flavour adds depth and fills you up. To make for easier cooking, cut the halloumi slabs up into big enough slices. This is so that you can flip them without spending too much time on tiny pieces, maybe 3 long rectangles, or leave them as they are, as I’ve done here.
If you don’t want to use halloumi, or can’t get it, you can substitute it with any cheese you like, the sort you cook, or keep your cheese fresh. So you could use:
- Paneer – Indian cheese, and like halloumi, will hold its shape when cooked. Click here to read more. Easily made at home.
- Feta – Greek cheese, and will also cook well, but won’t hold its shape as much.
- Any other cheese of your choice: parmesan, cheddar, gruyere, a smoked variety, and even blue cheese.
I just love grilled peaches. The slight caramelisation adds a wonderful sweetness to the fruit. You can substitute with nectarines and apricots.
I fell in love with harissa the first time I found myself in North Africa in the 90s. If you’ve been following me a while, you know that I love my chillies, and therefore, chilli sauces, pastes and concoctions. And always homemade.
You can read more about harissa here, and find out how to make it to your taste. Naturally, use shop bought harissa, if you prefer.
The heat level of your harissa will determine the heat level of your dressing. If your harissa is spicy, and you don’t want an overly spicy dressing, use less of it than indicated in the recipe here.
Substitute harissa with any kind of chilli sauce or blend you like, even a green variety. Chipotle is always good. In fact, on LinsFood, here are some ideas of chilli pastes you can use in this salad, instead of harissa (or use your favourite shop bought variety):
As mentioned, couscous makes a great base for a carb salad. But you can use any other carbs and even pulses that you like:
- rice – brown, white, wild or red
- even lentils and beans
See what I mean? A delightful salad, and incredibly versatile. Be sure to make extra of that dressing!
Have fun with it!
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Halloumi, Peach, Harissa and Couscous Salad
- 250 g (1 1/3) cup couscous
- 330 ml (1 2/5 cup) chicken or vegetable stock, simmering
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 4 peaches
- 16 green beans
- 12 cherry tomatoes
- 225 g (8 oz) halloumi
- small handful parsley
- 1 Tbsp EV olive oil
- freshly ground black pepper
- 5 Tbsp EV olive oil
- zest and juice of 1 lemon
- 2 Tbsp harissa more or less, to taste
- generous pinch of salt
- a small handful of pine nuts
- Mix all the ingredients together and taste. Add more salt, if you think it’s necessary. Set aside.
- Place the couscous in a roomy bowl and stir in the 1/2 tsp salt.
- Pour the boiling stock over and cover with a plate. Set your timer on for 5 minutes. Get on with the other ingredients in the meantime.
- When the 5 minutes are up, fluff up the couscous with a fork.
- Wipe the covering plate dry, then half cover the couscous, to keep warm, while you continue with the other ingredients. Covering it fully will result in a slightly stodgy couscous; couscous should always be dry and grainy.
The Other Salad Ingredients
- Stone and slice the peaches. You can quarter them, or slice them into wedges. Just bear in mind that the more slices you have, the more flipping you’ll be doing when cooking. Leave them as halves, if you don’t want all that turning over! Set aside.
- Halve the beans and cherry tomatoes.
- Slice the halloumi into long, rectangular slices, if you like. Or leave them in large squares.
- Finely chop the parsley.
Cooking the Salad Ingredients
- Using a pastry brush or something similar, brush your griddle with a little olive oil, and char the peaches on medium heat. Do both sides, it shouldn’t take more than 1 minute each side. Remove them to a plate.
- Char the beans, brushing more oil, if you think you need it. You can just roll the beans on the griddle, to colour all over. 2 minutes is all you need.
- Finally, let’s do the halloumi. Wipe the griddle clean with a kitchen paper. Brush some oil on, and fry the halloumi slices on medium heat. Flip over after about a minute, to do the other side, once one side is a nice golden brown. Remove to a plate.
Assembling the Salad
- Tip the chopped parsley into the couscous bowl, along with a few twists of freshly ground black pepper. Mix well.
- Divide the couscous onto 4 salad plates or bowls.
- Top each plate with the charred peaches, green beans and halloumi.
- Drizzle the dressing all over and finish off with some pine nuts.