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Ombrellos' haloumi and beetroot salad with spiced seeds
2 red onions
1 red pepper
250g haloumi cut into eight slices (they use Zany Zeus)
¼ cup capers, drained
4 large handfuls mesclun salad leaves
red wine vinegar
flour for dusting
¼ cup each of sesame, pumpkin and sunflower seeds
1 tsp each paprika, cumin powder and cayenne pepper (or to taste)
½ tsp each of salt and cracked pepper
½ cup balsamic vinegar
2 Tbsp red wine vinegar
1 Tbsp sugar
1 cup olive oil
½ tsp sea salt
½ tsp cracked pepper
Heat oven to 180degC
Peel beetroot, cut off tops and ends and cut into cubes. Place on a roasting dish with a splash of olive oil and red wine vinegar and roast in the oven until soft (about 30min).
Peel onions, cut tops and ends off and cut into wedges. Roast in the oven with olive oil and balsamic vinegar until caramelised. Season well.
Split cucumber in half lengthwise and scrape out the seeds. Run a peeler from top to bottom to create ribbons.
Remove seeds from red pepper and slice.
Heat a little olive oil in a frying pan. Lightly coat the haloumi slices in flour, dusting off excess. Fry haloumi for about 1min each side until lightly browned. Remove haloumi and fry the capers in the same pan for about 2min.
Mix beetroot, onions, cucumber, pepper and mesclun together and divide between four bowls. Lay slices of haloumi over, sprinkle over capers and spiced seeds.
To make the spiced seeds, mix all ingredients together and toast in the oven for 10min to 15min.
To make the dressing, process all ingredients until combined.
Requested by Wallis Dixon, of Abbotsford.
Recipe supplied by Katie Elwood, of Ombrellos Kitchen and Bar in Clarendon St, North Dunedin.
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