Chickpea and halloumi salad


I have a new obsession with chickpeas – I’m not sure how it started, but I am absolutely loving the flavour and texture of them. Chickpeas are so healthy and you can literally put them with any ingredient as they soak up sauces and dressings. Halloumi is a major weakness of mine – if it’s open, it won’t last in my kitchen. This mouth-watering and simple salad is the perfect 5:2 diet dish as it’s only 200 calories! You can substitute the halloumi with feta cheese and a sprinkle of pine nuts would add an extra crunch to the dish. I added dried herbs to my salad, but fresh would be even more delicious!


  • 1/3 tin chickpeas, drained and washed
  • 2 tomatoes, roughly chopped
  • handful roquette/baby spinach, washed
  • 3 slices halloumi, sliced
  • 4 poppadoms
  • dribble of balsamic vinegar
  • pinch of herbs and black pepper

Serves 1


Place greens in a bowl then add the tomatoes, halloumi and chickpeas.

Dribble balsamic vinegar to dress with cracked black pepper, herbs and taste.

Cook poppodoms (per packet instructions) and dig in.

Happy cooking, love Jem x


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