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Balsamic halloumi pittas with carrot slaw

Balsamic halloumi pittas with carrot slaw - cooked on the BBQ! Who says vegetarian barbecues are boring?!

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Can you believe the weather we’ve been having the past few days?! If you’re not in the UK, just know that it’s been sunny, it’s been hot, it even went a whole day without raining. Very exciting for us Brits. Even more exciting was that the warm weather fell on a weekend! So often our sunshine is wasted on workdays, but when the stars align and it’s warm on a weekend, it can only mean one thing: it’s BBQ time!

I imagine around 99% of the country were BBQing yesterday. We’re so used to cloudy, dull weather here that as soon as the sun shines, we’re all there in our skimpy summer clothes, sipping beer in the sunshine and refusing to turn away from the sun for a single second (it has a habit of disappearing when you’re not looking).

People often think it’s weird that I get so excited about BBQs since I’m a vegetarian, but there’s so much more to a BBQ than just meat! Halloumi, veggie burgers and sausages, salads galore, not to mention a beer for sipping – how could anyone turn their nose up at that?

Balsamic halloumi pittas with carrot slaw - cooked on the BBQ! Who says vegetarian barbecues are boring?!

Since next week is the Vegetarian Society’s National Vegetarian Week (woop!), Cranks challenged me to come up with a tasty vegetarian BBQ recipe, and it just so happened that the timing worked out perfectly with this lovely weather. So, to celebrate my love for BBQs, I bring you this balsamic halloumi, served in a pitta with a quick and easy carrot slaw.

The balsamic halloumi is simply marinaded and cooked right on the BBQ grill. If the weather’s not so great when you come to make this, you can cook it in a frying pan instead, just see here for instructions. Cooking it on the BBQ is preferable though, if you can – those crispy char lines are the best bit!

The crunchy and creamy carrot slaw was perfect on top but would be great served on its own as well, at the side of any other BBQ dish. It’s easy to make and will keep well in the fridge for a few days, so if you have any leftovers, pop it in a lunchbox and take it to work to remind yourself of happier times while you’re sitting at your desk.

(most depressing sentence ever, sorry)

Balsamic halloumi pittas with carrot slaw - cooked on the BBQ! Who says vegetarian barbecues are boring?!

I know a lot of you guys are vegetarian already, but if not, I’d really encourage you to give it a go next week for National Vegetarian Week! Hopefully you’ll find plenty of inspiration here on Amuse Your Bouche, and there are also lots of recipes over on the Cranks site too. Vegetarian food is awesome.

Balsamic halloumi pittas with carrot slaw - cooked on the BBQ! Who says vegetarian barbecues are boring?!

Balsamic halloumi pittas with carrot slaw

Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Light lunch
Servings: 2
Calories:
Author: Becca Heyes

Ingredients

For the carrot slaw:

  • 3 carrots, grated
  • 3 spring onions, chopped
  • Small bunch basil, finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp Greek yogurt
  • Salt
  • Black pepper

For the balsamic halloumi:

  • 200 g halloumi cheese (enough for 4 good slices)
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • Black pepper

To assemble:

  • 2 pitta breads, lightly toasted
  • Salad of your choice - I used lettuce and tomato

Instructions

  • Add all the ingredients for the carrot slaw to a bowl, and mix well. Leave in the fridge until ready to serve.
  • Cut the halloumi into 4 slices. Mix together the olive oil and balsamic vinegar in a dish with a pinch of black pepper, and add the halloumi slices. Make sure each slice is well coated, and leave to marinate until ready to cook (preferably at least 10 minutes)
  • Cook the halloumi on a well-oiled BBQ grill for a couple of minutes each side, until soft and browned. Alternatively, cook it in a frying pan using this method.
  • Serve the grilled halloumi and carrot slaw in a couple of pitta breads, with extra salad if desired (I used lettuce and sliced tomato). You'll probably have some carrot slaw left over - it's great served with other things too!

BBQing some veggie burgers? Don’t forget to make some sweet and sticky apple cider BBQ sauce to slather on top!

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Shailaja Desai

Saturday 21st of May 2016

Love the carrot slaw...and even better that it just has a tbsp of greek yogurt as a dressing...Great to have stumbled upon your lovely blog!!

Becca @ Amuse Your Bouche

Saturday 21st of May 2016

Thank you! Glad you found me :)

mila

Tuesday 17th of May 2016

becca this is so fabulous!!! I love your use of the hallumi in sandwich!!!!

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Monday 16th of May 2016

I LOVE this idea for the balsamic halloumi cheese. It would also be great on a griddle pan for when it is slightly too early to light the barbie. Say 8 am for breakfast ;-) Yep. That's how I roll.

Becca @ Amuse Your Bouche

Tuesday 17th of May 2016

I approve of this, but ONLY if I can come and share your cheesy breakfast :D

Katie Bryson

Monday 16th of May 2016

Veggie BBQs are so much less stressful as you don't have to worry about giving everyone food poisoning, plus it's much quicker to cook everything. I love the fact that you've marinated the halloumi in balsamic vinegar - i'm def going to give this a whirl. We get through SO much halloumi during BBQ season it's actually obscene!

Becca @ Amuse Your Bouche

Monday 16th of May 2016

No such thing as too much halloumi :D

Jacqueline Meldrum

Sunday 15th of May 2016

We've not had our BBQ on yet this year. I tend to cook vegetable kebabs, veggie burgers and sausages, make a few salads and finish with BBQ bananas and peaches. I just know I'd lose Halloumi through the slats. Maybe I need a mesh thingie before I think of trying this. I'm all for the carrot slaw with it.

Becca @ Amuse Your Bouche

Monday 16th of May 2016

Haha yes a mesh could work! I love BBQ bananas, and apples too - fill them with a little chocolate or some raisins and honey and then stick them right in the coals!

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