Roast beetroot, chickpea and haloumi salad

This recipe uses my friend Georgie’s roast beetroot recipe (see below). Since we first tasted it at Georgie’s place – warm with roast lamb, I have made it several times.  I used leftovers to make this salad and found the flavour and texture combinations of the beetroot, haloumi and chick peas particularly good.  With protein from the chickpeas and the haloumi, red and green vegetables providing antioxidants, vitamins and minerals it is also a complete, nutrient rich meal – great for your health and your weight as well.  Enjoy!

Georgie’s roast beetroot

1 kg beetroot,  cut into chunks (I peel all the nasty bits off but leave skin on where possible)
1 red onion, cut into quarters or segments
1/2 cup prunes, or more if you like
1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
2 tablespoons white vinegar
2 tablespoons honey
Juice and zest of 1 orange
1 teaspoon cinnamon
Seasonings to taste
1. Preheat oven to 180C. Mix ginger, oil, vinegars, honey, orange juice and zest and cinnamon together.  Pour over other ingredients in a roasting dish and mix through.
2. Roast, covered until beetroot is cooked and sticky.  Serve hot as a vegetable with lamb or cold as a salad

Roast beetroot, chickpea and haloumi salad

4 cups baby spinach, rocket or salad mix
1/2 large or 1 small red onion, thinly sliced
1 x 400g can chickpeas, drained
Roast beetroot (as much as you like)
200g haloumi, sliced thinly and pan fried or grilled (alternatively use crumbled feta)
Balsamic dressing (recipe below or use a commercial variety)
Arrange in a flat bowl in order listed.  Drizzle with dressing just before serving

Balsamic dressing
1 teaspoon crushed garlic
1 teaspoon hot English mustard
1 tablespoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
2 tablespoons olive oil
Mix ingredients together in a jar and shake well to combine. Stores indefinitely in the fridge

Healthy habits – apply to other recipes
- when making salad dressings, cut back the oil.  Instead of a 3:1 oil to vinegar ratio, as with standard dressings, reverse to a 3:1 vinegar to oil ratio.  Shake well before using
- adding chickpeas to salads.  Chickpeas are rich in fibre and protein while being low in fat. They help keep you full for longer as well as supplying useful micronutrients

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