Lamb Haloumi and Roasted Pumpkin Salad

Lamb, Haloumi and Roasted Pumpkin salad

Lamb Haloumi and Roasted Pumpkin Salad

Succulent lamb cutlets cooked how you like them, combined with oven roasted pumpkin, pan fried haloumi and beetroot, served over a bed of fresh salad with pine-nuts scattered on top. This Lamb Haloumi and Roasted Pumpkin Salad is up there as one of absolute favorite meals.

We are fortunate enough to be able to spend quite a bit of time in Margaret River, in the wine region of south west, Western Australia. One of our favorite places to go for a casual meal is Settler’s Tavern where they make the most amazing Lamb Pop and Haloumi Salad. Sadly, I never get to eat anything else on the menu because I just can’t go past this dish. I have probably ordered this dish 20 times and also make it at home, where it is a family favorite. You can simply omit the lamb for a delicious vegetarian option. Either way it is a delicious and fulfilling meal that I’m sure will become a favorite of yours as well.

Variations

If you are seriously watching your carbs you may wish to modify this recipe slightly by reducing or omitting the beetroot and the pumpkin. If you do this, I do recommend, however that you stick to the recipe for the carb lovers in your house as this dish is amazing. Feel free also to up the quantities of the pumpkin to boost the carbs for carb lovers as well. I have suggested using red wine vinegar as a substitute for balsamic vinegar (because of the sugar in balsamic) if you are watching your carb intake, however balsamic vinegar compliments this dish really well so I do recommend just limiting the amount you use if that concerns you at all.

I hope you like this as much as I do….which would mean that it would be one of your absolute favorite dishes, and that’s saying something. For another dish slightly similar to this but featuring Salmon, check out this recipe for Dukkah Crusted Salmon with Pumpkin Feta and Bean Salad.

Karen

Lamb, Haloumi and Roasted Pumpkin salad

Lamb Haloumi Roasted Pumpkin Salad

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Course: Main Course, Salad
Cuisine: Gluten Free, Keto, LCHF, Low Carb
Keywords: haloumi, lamb, pumpkin, salad
Servings: 2 serves

Ingredients

  • 6 lamb cutlets
  • 80 gms pan fried haloumi
  • 100 gms mixed lettuce leaf
  • 80 gms cherry tomatoes halved
  • 80 gms Japanese/Kent Pumpkin diced- optional if carb counting
  • 80 gms diced cooked/baked/cryovaced sugar free beetroot- optional if carb counting
  • 2 tablespoons red onion sliced thinly
  • 2 teaspoons pine nuts
  • 2 tablepoons extra virgin olive oil EVOO
  • A splash of balsamic vinegar

Instructions

  • Cube the pumpkin skin and all, drizzle with a little EVOO and bake it in a very hot oven for about 25 -35 minutes until cooked and browned all over but not too soft.S
  • Slice the haloumi into desired shape, but not too thick, and pan fry in a little EVOO till golden on both sides. Allow the pumpkin and haloumi to cool slightly.
  • Prepare the salad by dividing the lettuce leaves between 2 plates. Sprinkle with thinly sliced red onion, the cherry tomatoes, pumpkin, beetroot and haloumi.
  • Cook the lamb to your liking eg, medium rare, season with salt and pepper and pan fry it on high for about 2-3 minutes on each side so it’s caramelised on the outside but cooked medium on the inside. Let lamb sit for a couple of minutes.
  • Arrange 3 lamb cutlets on top of each salad, sprinkle each plate with 1 teaspoon of pine nuts.
  • Drizzle with a little balsamic vinegar and a generous splash of extra virgin olive oil EVOO.

Variations

  • Replace the balsamic vinegar with red wine vinegar or lemon juice or just use olive oil.
  • If carbs aren’t an issue use the broiled/baked/cryovaced beetroot to this salad. Make sure it hasn’t had any sugar added.
  • Load this recipe up on the Japanese/Kent/Kabocha pumpkin if you are not concerned about the carbs.
  • Use sweet potato in place of the pumpkin.

Nutritional Information

Serving: 1serve | Calories: 1633kcal | Carbohydrates: 7.6g | Protein: 36.8g | Fat: 51.4g | Fiber: 2.5g
Note that we calculate our own nutritional values so they may not be precise. Calculate your own if desired. Carb values exclude sugar alcohols such as Erythritol, as they generally have no impact on blood sugar levels. 50% of the carbs from Xylitol is added to nutritional values. This is consistent with industry practice.
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