Weekend recipe: prawn, pumpkin and haloumi salad

Nikki Parkinson Food and Wine, Life 15 Comments

Most weeks I have a bit of a menu planning thing going on Monday to Friday. It just helps me when the days get a little crazy and the “what’s for dinner?” questions get fired at me from the moment I pick up the youngest from school.

Mr SY has learned NOT to ask on bluetooth, on the highway, on his commute home from work, “what are WE thinking for dinner?”. Because that is very much the royal “WE”. Last time I researched, no-one had invented a way for someone to cook dinner remotely.

No, Monday to Friday I saddle up and produce something that I hope gets a majority thumbs up. Come Saturday, I down tools and refuse to think or plan what’s on the menu.

Thankfully, Mr SY loves a bit of kitchen action (get your minds back to cooking please!) … and he’s only too happy to whip up something tasty.

This is a little recipe that I kind of developed and delegated to his skills. It’s easy, light and ticks all my flavour boxes. Disclosure, I’m truly a sucker for anything with haloumi in it. Love the stuff.

If you’re vegetarian, just drop the prawns. Too easy.

Speaking of the prawns, if you’re that way inclined, these are organic, wild-caught, sustainable prawns caught and snap frozen here on the Sunshine Coast (Higgs Seafood). Apart from being extremely tasty, they come peeled and ready to use – 400g worth of prawn meat without the fuss.

The way the flavours of the prawns, roasted pumpkin and haloumi come together is just magic.

Prawn, pumpkin and haloumi salad


(serves 2-4 depending on your hunger levels)

Prawn, pumpkin and haloumi salad ingredients


1. Pre-heat over to 200 degrees Celsius.

2. Toss diced pumpkin in a dash of olive oil, salt and pepper. Place on tray lined with baking paper.

3. Put pumpkin in oven and bake for 10-15 minutes until golden. Remove from oven.

4. In a non-stick fry-pan, add pine nuts and toss until just turning golden. Remove from heat.

5. Add slices of haloumi to pan, turning when browned. Remove from heat and dice.

6.  Cook prawns in frypan in batches so they cook through quickly. Remove from heat.

7. In salad bowl, add baby spinach, pumpkin, pinenuts, haloumi and prawns. Season to taste and drizzle with olive oil and a squeeze of lime. Lemons also work beautifully.

8. Serve and enjoy.

Do you have a light, weekend salad-as-a-meal recipe that you regularly trot out? Are you obsessed with haloumi like I am?

  • Ummm YUM!! Thanks for sharing Nikki! looks so so yummy, all my favourite ingredients, can’t wait to try! x

  • Erin M

    Oh my goodness, I just LOVE haloumi, I’m going to try this, this week!

  • Oh how I wish my hubby would cook!! I down tools as well and it’s restaurants as much as possible starting on Friday nights! I have been cooking haloumi at home a lot lately for a quick snack.

  • Lisa Mckenzie

    Looks very nice indeed,I love anything with prawns or seafood, I have never tried Haloumi is it a bit like tofu? If it is I will like it and I get sick of cooking the everyday mundane meals as well ,I think we all do especially as I am the only one who cooks.I just bought a new cook book Nigellissima as I love her recipes and her way of cooking so can’t wait to try out some ,but I will give this recipe a try out too.Thanks Nikki for sharing.

    • The consistency when not cooked is a bit like tofu but the similarities end there – it has a beautiful flavour and when grilled it softens and is so delish.

      • Lisa Mckenzie

        Thanks Nikki,well I will add some to the grocery list.

  • Poppy

    I love smoked salmon salad. I use any mixed salad leaves and red onion, tomato and mushrooms (anything really) and olive oil and white vinegar as dressing. But I find that if you chop it all up with a mezzluna, it just tastes better.

  • Kathryn

    It’s the other way around here – husband cooks in the week and it’s my turn on the weekends. Mostly works out OK. Haloumi is a fave here too. We often have roasted pumpkin, spinach leaves, fetta and walnut salad. We’ll be giving this one a go!

  • Bev Williams-Krause

    Looks delish!…Forgot to say, we tried your spanish eggs – yummy, thumbs up from us both, thank you 🙂 I really shouldn’t be here eyeing up your recipes anyway, I should be producing the T&C’s for my website {so mind-numbingly boring}. Procrastination is definitely my Friday word. Right, back to it. Happy Friday and have a super weekend.