Roasted Brassicas with Puy Lentils and Halloumi


A lovely autumnal salad dish to have for lunch or as a side dish with a main course.


  • 800g broccoli and cauliflower mixed
  • olive oil
  • 1 heaped teaspoon baharat
  • 4 cloves of garlic
  • 250g puy lentils
  • 1 L vegetable stock
  • 1 fresh bay leaf
  • 2 lemons
  • 100g walnuts
  • 1 large bunch of mixed herbs (parsley, mint, chervil)
  • 250g halloumi
  • 2 tablespoon runny honey


  1. Preheat the oven to 220ºC/gas 7.
  2. Cut the broccoli and cauliflower into even-sized florets, then spread out in a single layer in a roasting tray. Drizzle with olive oil, sprinkle with baharat and season with sea salt and black pepper.
  3. Toss in the unpeeled cloves of garlic, then spread everything out in the tray and pop in the oven. Roast for 20 to 25 minutes, or until the veg is cooked through and charred on the outside.
  4. Pop the lentils in a medium-sized pan, pour over the hot stock and add the bay leaf. Gently bring to the boil over a medium heat, then reduce to a simmer and cook for 25 to 30 minutes, or until they’re cooked but still retain some bite. Drain and set aside.
  5. Make the dressing by squeezing the garlic out of its skin into a bowl. Mash until creamy, then squeeze in the lemon juice and season. Whisk to combine, then add a couple of tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil.
  6. Toast the walnuts in a dry frying pan over a medium heat. Pick and chop the herb leaves, then toss with the walnuts and set aside.
  7. Toss the hot lentils through the garlic dressing, followed by the roasted veggies, herbs and nuts.
  8. Pour a glug of olive oil into a medium-sized, non-stick frying pan over a medium heat. Chop and fry the halloumi until it’s golden.
  9. Drizzle over the honey and fry for 1 more minute, until sticky and caramelised. Scatter the halloumi over the salad and serve immediately.


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