Food ideas: Char-grilled vegetables and haloumi salad

Grilled vegies & haloumi.

Grilled vegies & haloumi.

What better way to celebrate the start of the summer season than with a super simple, scrummy barbie dinner? 

There are some really amazing vegetarian dinners that you can create on the barbie and this one is certainly one of my favourites. Chock full of fresh colourful vegetables char-grilled to perfection, on a bed of fresh lettuce, topped with some grilled haloumi and a simply citrus dressing and you have something that could grace the covers of Jamie Oliver's next cook book, all ready in a flash of time. 

This recipe really is as simple as it sounds. All you need to do is choose your favourite seasonal vegetables, slice them up and then pop a bit of oil on them and whack on the barbie along with the haloumi to char-grill while you throw some lettuce in your bowl and mix together the 3 ingredient dressing together. Voila. Dinner done.

Time to sit down, relax and enjoy the last of the sunshine rays before they retire for the night. 

Ingredients: 1 red capsicum, sliced into 4 pieces; 1 small butternut pumpkin, thinly sliced; 1 zucchini, sliced into 4 pieces lengthways; 1 purple onion, chopped into four segments and then layers divided; 1 small sweet potato, thinly sliced; 1 block of haloumi, sliced 5mm thick; 1 cos lettuce; 1 lemon, juice and rind; 1/4 cup olive oil; 1 tbs zaatar herb mix (or dried oregano); Coconut oil to spray.       

Method: Spray all vegetables and haloumi generously with coconut oil (or olive oil). Place vegetables on a heated hot plate and cook for 5-6 minutes, before turning and cooking for a further 3-4 minutes. Add the haloumi and cook for 2 minutes each side (until golden).

Assemble lettuce leaves in bowls and place roast vegetables and haloumi on top. Mix dressing ingredients together and then pour over top of vegetables. You can serve with a lovely basil aioli on the side as a little bit of extra jazz. 

Stephanie Meades is a Holistic Health Coach with