Christmas Watermelon Salad with Haloumi, Pine Nuts and Mint
My Mum always made a watermelon salad at Christmas that was pretty basic and never really eaten. So here is a revised version that everyone will love, pimped up and bursting with flavor.
CHRISTMAS WATERMELLON SALAD WITH HALOUMI, PINE NUTS, SUMAC & MINT
2 shallots, finely sliced
1 bunch coriander, leaves picked
½ bunch mint, leaves picked and torn
2 red witlof, or a mix of similar leaves
1 long red chilli, deseeded and finely diced
50 ml extra virgin olive oil
2 tbsp. sumac
250 g sliced haloumi
¼ watermelon, flesh only cut into bite sized triangles
50 g pine nuts, toasted
1. In a mixing bowl, combine the shallots, herbs, witlof or salad leaves and chilli. Add the lemon juice, olive oil and half the sumac, and season well with salt and pepper. Toss well to combine.
2. Heat an oiled chargrill pan or heavy based frying pan to very hot over high heat. Grill the haloumi for a minute on each side, season well with salt and pepper.
3. To assemble, very gently toss the watermelon, haloumi, salad and pine nuts together and place on a serving platter. Sprinkle the remaining sumac and drizzle with olive oil. Season to taste.