Grilled Tomato & Halloumi Pasta Salad

  • Prep Time 10 min
  • Total Time 40 min
  • Serves: 8

Ingredients

  • 12 oz small dry pasta such as orecchiette 375 g
  • 1/3 cup prepared basil pesto 75 mL
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice 60 mL
  • approx. 2 cups cherry tomatoes 500 mL
  • 3 tbsp olive oil, divided 45 mL
  • 8 oz halloumi cheese 250 g
  • 1/2 tsp salt, divided 2 mL
  • 1 avocado, peeled, pitted and diced
  • 2 cups Compliments Baby Arugula 500 mL

Directions

  • Step 1

    Cook pasta according to package directions; reserve 2 tbsp (30 mL) pasta water before draining. Toss pasta with pasta water, pesto and lemon juice. Set aside to cool while doing next steps

  • Step 2

    Toss tomatoes with 2 tbsp (30 mL) oil and half the salt. Transfer to 9-in. (23-cm) square foil pan. Cut halloumi into 8 slices; brush with remaining oil and season with remaining salt

  • Step 3

    Grill tomatoes on medium-high heat with barbecue lid closed, turning occasionally, about 5 min., or until they begin to blister. Open lid. Remove tomatoes from grill, if ready. Grill halloumi 3 to 5 min., turning once, until softened and grill-marked.

  • Step 4

    Stir in grilled tomatoes, avocado and arugula into reserved pasta mixture. Divide onto 8 dishes. Top with grilled halloumi to serve.

Tip

Substitute arugula with baby spinach or mixed baby kale.

Nutrition Facts

  • Nutrition Description Per serving (1/8 of the recipe):
  • Calories 410
  • Fat 22 g
  • Saturated Fat 8 g
  • Carbs 40 g
  • Sugar 3 g
  • Protein 15 g
  • Cholesterol 25 mg
  • Fibre 4 g
  • Sodium 560 mg