• November 17, 2015

    Spiced Maple-Roasted Squash & Halloom (Halloumi) Salad

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    Halloumi cheese (also known as Halloom) is one of my go-to cheeses for warm salads and sandwiches. I love that it is firm enough to hold its shape on the grill, and can even be roasted.

    For this salad, I layered oven-roasted Canadian Halloumi slices on plates with spiced acorn squash, drizzled it with pomegranate molasses and showered it with torn basil leaves. I think of it as a cold-weather riff on a Caprese, with mediterranean flair.

    Acorn squash is great choice for roasting because it has thin, edible skin, and when halved, it has the prettiest ruffled edges. It is sweet and earthy – delicious when brushed with maple syrup and sprinkled with warm spices.

    To roast the Halloumi, simply arrange it in a single layer on a baking sheet, brush it with a bit of olive oil, then pop it in the hot oven for the final 5-10 minutes of roasting the squash. The cheese comes out soft, but still firm and chewy (not melty like mozzarella), with addictively caramelized edges.

    I recommend having everything ready to go so that you can plate and serve the salad while the Halloumi is still warm and soft. (You might even consider warming the plates, if it’s for a dinner party!)

    Pomegranate molasses brightens the salad with a sweet acidity. A final drizzle of olive oil pulls it all together.  Easy and delicious – and pretty,too,  don’t you think?


    Spiced Maple-Roasted Squash & Halloom (Halloumi) Salad

    A hearty autumn salad with warm, roasted halloumi, spice-roasted Acorn squash, and pomegranate molasses.
    Prep Time: 10 minutes
    Cook Time: 30 minutes
    Total Time: 40 minutes
    Course: Salad
    Cuisine: Canadian
    Servings: 4
    Author: Jennifer Pallian BSc, RD


    • 1 lb 454 g acorn squash, halved, seeded and cut in 1/4" slices
    • 250 g Canadian Halloumi also known as Halloom cheese (made with 100% Canadian milk), cut in 1/4" slices
    • 2 1/2 tbsp olive oil divided use plus more for serving
    • 1 tbsp maple syrup
    • 1 tsp kosher salt
    • 1/4 tsp allspice
    • 4 tbsp pomegranate molasses
    • Handful fresh basil or mint leaves torn


    • Preheat oven to 425ºF.  In a large bowl, toss squash slices with 2 tbsp of the olive oil, maple syrup, salt and allspice; spread in a single layer on a parchment-lined baking sheet.  Bake 20-25 minutes, until squash is tender and starting to caramelize.
    • Meanwhile, arrange Halloumi slices in a single layer on a second baking sheet; brush with 1/2 tbsp olive oil.
    • Gently flip squash slices and return to oven, along with Halloumi; bake 5-10 minutes more, until Halloumi is soft and starting to brown at edges.
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    Hi, I'm Jennifer Pallian, BSc, RD. I studied cooking, baking and food chemistry in a university lab, have years of experience as a professional test kitchen recipe developer and providing technical baking support to bakeries and home bakers. Want to know why your bread didn't rise? I've got your back.I now work full-time as a blogger, putting the years of science and baking to work right here. On Foodess, I share the best recipes in my arsenal - tested-till-PERFECT recipes for cozy baking, easy recipes for weeknight meals and delicious globally-inspired comfort food, plus lots of science-based cooking and baking tips. Welcome!

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