Semi-firm, brined halloumi cheese is perfect for outdoor cuisine because it holds its shape when heated on a grill. The exterior becomes crispy while the interior turns velvety. It’s just one reason why this flame-licked salad is destined to become a campfire tale for years to come. If taking up residence at a cottage with an oven, the peppers, halloumi, and pitas can be prepared under the broiler. You can also press the easy button and bring along a jar of roasted red peppers.
Nothing tastes quite like a savoury meal cooked lovingly over a campfire. When cooking in a fire pit, you want a controlled fire that is a few inches away from the grate of your grill. Ideally, don’t work with a roaring new fire—it’s best to let the coals set, which builds up heat. This way, the fire won’t shift on you and complicate the cooking process.
Remove stems from peppers and cut in half lengthwise. Remove seeds and inner white membrane. Brush pepper halves with oil. On grill grate set over a fire, place peppers, cut sides down. Heat until tender, flip peppers, and grill until skins are blistered in several places. Remove peppers from grill grate, place in bowl, and cover for 15 minutes. Remove charred skin from peppers and then slice into 1 in (2.5 cm) wide lengths. Alternatively, heat pepper halves in dry skillet, preferably cast iron, over medium-high heat on stovetop or camp stove until skins are significantly blackened.
Upend halloumi onto one of its long sides and slice lengthwise into 2 slabs. Brush both sides with oil and place on grill grate set over a fire. Heat halloumi until grill marks appear on both sides, 1 to 2 minutes per side. Slice into 1 in (2.5 cm) pieces. Alternatively, heat halloumi in skillet over medium-high heat on stovetop or camp stove until darkened in spots.
Brush pitas with oil and place on grill grate and heat, turning once, until golden and crispy, about 2 minutes per side. Alternatively, toast pitas, one at a time, in dry skillet until darkened in spots on both sides. Slice pitas into 1 in (2.5 cm) pieces.
Divide salad greens among 4 serving plates and top with roasted pepper, halloumi, sun-dried tomatoes, pita chunks, olives (if using), and walnuts. Whisk together hummus, oil, 2 Tbsp (30 mL) water, lemon juice, garlic, and zau2019atar. Drizzle hummus dressing over salads.
This recipe is part of the Outdoor Eats collection.
Oven-roasted delicata squash makes a crispy treat atop this green salad. As its name suggests, this squash has a thin, delicate skin that’s tasty when cooked. Pomegranate molasses, an ingredient common in Lebanese and Middle-Eastern cuisine, brings a sweet and sour flavour to the dressing. No pine nuts? Use squash seeds! Simply collect about 1/4 cup (60 mL) seeds from cleaned squash, rinse, and mix with 1/8 tsp (0.5 mL) of the spice mix used to roast the squash and 1/2 tsp (2 mL) olive oil. Roast at 425 F (220 C) on parchment-lined baking sheet for 20 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes.
Look for whole grain farro, which leaves the germ and bran intact, for this satisfying porridge that’s sure to kickstart your day. While the cooking time is longer than for pearled or semi-pearled varieties, you’ll get more nutrition. Take the time to enjoy the delicate scent of cardamom and ginger wafting through your kitchen as you prepare this. Ancient grain Farro (also referred to as emmer or einkorn) is a variety of wheat known as an ancient grain, which means that it hasn’t changed over time through breeding as is the case with many varieties of modern wheat.
Spanish-inspired flavours of almond and orange and a good punch of protein make this pudding a delicious and nutritious breakfast, snack, or dessert. The tiniest amount of large-flake sea salt and a drizzle of olive oil help bring all the flavours together. Amp up the orange For some additional orange flavour, when cooking chickpeas from dry, add a few strips of orange zest to the cooking water. Tastier toast Take your toast to the next level by using this pudding as a satisfying spread.
Breaking with tradition, think of this as a guise of tabbouleh salad with staying power, thanks to the addition of hearty sorghum and fibre-rich navy beans. It also ages fairly well, so it serves as a make-ahead meal that can keep for up to 3 days. A perfect plant-based option for weekday lunches.