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All seasons orzo, halloumi and olive salad

A delightfully light pasta salad made with halloumi cheese, orzo olives and rocket salad dressed with a simple vinaigrette. So, so delicious.
Course Main Course, Salad, Side Dish, Starter
Cuisine Mediterranean, Ramona's Cuisine
Keyword halloumi cheese, light salad, olives, orzo salad recipe, pomegranate, yummy salad recipe
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 27 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 560kcal


For the salad:

  • 240 g orzo
  • 200 g halloumi cheese
  • 100 g rocket salad
  • 120 g pomegranate seeds
  • 12 olives
  • 1 carrot shredded
  • 1/4 cabbage shredded (optional)
  • 1 tsp lemon rind
  • 10 springs fresh parsley

For the Vinaigrette:

  • 1 lemon the juice
  • 2 tsp sesame seeds lightly toasted
  • 3-4 tbsp cold pressed olive oil
  • 1 tbsp Italian dry herbs oregano, basil


  • Firstly let’s start by boiling the orzo. Place the pasta into a saucepan with plenty of boiling water and salt. Boil for 7 minutes stirring occasionally. When pasta is cooked drain, rinse with cold water and mix in well a drizzle of olive oil. This really helps with keeping the pasta away from sticking.
  • While pasta is cooking, grill or pan fry the halloumi cheese until nice, gooey and slightly golden brown.
  • Chop the parsley, olives and de-seed 1/2 pomegranate. Grate or spiralize the carrot, shred the cabbage. Place all in a bowl keeping a handful of pomegranate seeds and a good pinch of chopped parsley aside for scattering on top of the salad before serving.
  • Place all vinaigrette ingredients in a jar, close the lid and give it all a good shake. Vinaigrette is ready!
  • Add the boiled and slightly cooled orzo to the bowl with olives and parsley, give it a good old mix, add the halloumi cheese and serve on a bed of rocket salad.
  • Drizzle the vinaigrette over, scatter the pomegranate seeds, the chopped parsley and ENJOY!


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Calories: 560kcal | Carbohydrates: 61g | Protein: 22g | Fat: 27g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Sodium: 821mg | Potassium: 509mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 3476IU | Vitamin C: 47mg | Calcium: 630mg | Iron: 3mg