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Halloumi Sandwich (with Avocado Pesto!)

It's so easy to whip up a Halloumi Sandwich! Served with a quick and easy Avocado Pesto, these Halloumi Sandwiches make the perfect lunch!
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Course: lunch
Cuisine: Universal
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings (click & slide): 4 sandwiches
Calories per serving: 687kcal
Author: Chris
Cost per serving: £3 / $4

Equipment

  • Food Processor & Spatula
  • Non-Stick Pan & Tongs
  • Sharp Knife & Chopping Board
  • Paper Towels

Ingredients

Avocado Pesto

  • 1 large perfectly ripe Avocado, peeled & pitted
  • 1 small bunch Fresh Basil (1oz/30g)
  • 1/3 cup / 30g freshly grated Parmesan
  • 4 tbsp Pine Nuts
  • 3 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1.5 tbsp Lemon Juice
  • 1 small clove of Garlic, peeled
  • 1/2 tsp Salt, or to taste
  • 1/4 tsp Black Pepper, or to taste

Halloumi Sandwich

  • 4 Bread Rolls (see notes)
  • 2x 8oz/225g blocks of Halloumi, diced into 8 wedges each (16 in total, 4 per sandwich)
  • 4 pinches of Rocket/Arugula
  • 3 medium Tomatoes, sliced
  • 2 small Red Onions, sliced into thin rounds (optional)

Instructions

  • Pesto: In a food processor add avocado, basil, parmesan, pine nuts, garlic, extra virgin olive oil, lemon juice, salt and black pepper. Pulse until smooth, then taste for seasoning and adjust accordingly.
  • Halloumi: Use paper towels to press down and soak up as much moisture from the halloumi slices as possible. In a large non-stick pan (or a regular pan with a drizzle of oil) over medium heat add the halloumi. Fry both sides until golden and lightly charred, then remove. You may need to do this in batches.
  • Sandwich: Spread one side of the bread with avocado pesto, then top with 4 slices of halloumi per sandwich. Top with tomato, then onion (optional) and finish with a pinch of rocket/arugula. Fold over, slice half and enjoy!

Quick Demo

Notes

a) Bread - Here I use some seeded Vienna Rolls, but in reality you can use any bread or rolls you fancy. I recommend fairly thick slices of a soft loaf. You can optionally toast too if you fancy.
b) Avocado Pesto - I find it does keep tightly stored in the fridge over night if you cover with olive oil, then pour off the oil before needed (to stop it oxidising), but I recommend making this fresh as it turns brown pretty quickly. Don't like avocado? Feel free to just use Pesto!
c) Calories - Per sandwich:
Nutrition Facts
Halloumi Sandwich (with Avocado Pesto!)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 687 Calories from Fat 437
% Daily Value*
Fat 48.51g75%
Saturated Fat 18.712g117%
Trans Fat 1.015g
Polyunsaturated Fat 4.154g
Monounsaturated Fat 20.051g
Cholesterol 85mg28%
Sodium 1504mg65%
Potassium 667mg19%
Carbohydrates 36.05g12%
Fiber 5.7g24%
Sugar 8.61g10%
Protein 29.07g58%
Vitamin A 1886IU38%
Vitamin C 18.8mg23%
Calcium 820mg82%
Iron 2.55mg14%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
*Nutrition is based on the absence of salt unless stated as a measurement in the ingredients. Cost is worked out based on ingredients bought from UK supermarkets, then divided by the number of servings. In both instances these values are just for guidance. Please check out my FAQ Page for more info.
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