Spring onion & halloumi bruschetta with carrot & saffron salsa

An interesting new starter idea of fried cheese from Cyprus, crispy toasted sourdough bread and a carrot topping

  • Prep:20 mins
    Cook:30 mins
    Plus soaking
  • Serves 4
  • Easy

Nutrition per serving

  • kcal 611
  • fat 48g
  • saturates 13g
  • carbs 24g
  • sugars 11g
  • fibre 6g
  • protein 21g
  • salt 2.1g


  • 225g pack halloumi cheese
  • 4 carrots, thinly sliced into rounds
  • 50ml extra-virgin olive oil
  • pinch of saffron threads
  • juice ½ lemon
  • 100g whole blanched almonds
  • small bunch coriander, chopped
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 4 slices sourdough bread
  • 1 garlic clove, halved
  • 12 spring onions, trimmed
  • 1 red chicory, leaves separated


  1. If you want to reduce the saltiness of the halloumi, soak it for two hours beforehand in cold water.

  2. Cut the halloumi evenly into 8 slices across the width of the cheese. Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Toss the carrots together with the olive oil, saffron, lemon juice and some seasoning. Tip onto a baking tray and roast for 20 mins or until tender and golden. Leave to cool, then tip into a food processor with the almonds and coarsely blitz. Scrape the salsa out into a bowl and add the chopped coriander. Mix well and add more seasoning or lemon juice if needed.

  3. Heat the vegetable oil in a large pan. Thoroughly pat dry the halloumi slices. When the pan is hot, carefully place in the pan and cook over a medium heat until golden brown, then turn over and cook until the other side is golden.

  4. While the cheese is cooking, toast the sourdough, then rub one side with garlic. Place a piece of toast on each of 4 plates and top with 2 slices of halloumi. Add the spring onions to the pan and cook for a couple of mins on each side until wilting and a little golden. Put 3 spring onions on each halloumi-topped sourdough slice, then generously spoon over the carrot & saffron salsa. Serve with chicory leaves.

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