Roast beetroot, rocket and spiced haloumi salad with tamarillo dressing

Serves: 4
Prep: 15 minutes
Cooks In: 20 minutes

Roast beetroot, rocket and spiced haloumi salad with tamarillo  dressing

I love tamarillos (aka ‘tree tomatoes’); they’re sweet and tangy, and chocka-full of vitamin C and antioxidants.

There’s lots more ways to eat them than in a fruit salad or chutney. In this recipe they make a delicious dressing for a salad of pan-fried haloumi dusted with some spices, and caramelised roasted beetroot. The tamarillos give that fruity tartness, like lemon, that all good dressings need. I can see this dressing going well with lots of different salads – try it out!

Have this recipe as a light lunch or dinner, or a special side salad with your main meal.


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Caramelised beetroot

  • beetroot 4 medium sized, cut into 3cm pieces (I leave the skin on)
  • pure maple syrup or liquid honey 1 tablespoon
  • olive oil 1 tablespoon

Tamarillo dressing

  • tamarillos 2 large, peeled, flesh diced
  • dijon or wholegrain mustard ½ teaspoon
  • liquid honey 1 ½ teaspoons
  • extra-virgin olive oil 1 ½ tablespoons

Spiced haloumi

  • curry powder 1 teaspoon (or use ½ teaspoon ground cumin and ½ teaspoon ground turmeric)
  • salt ¼ teaspoon
  • haloumi 200g, cut into 0.5 - 1cm thick slices


  • rocket or baby spinach 4 handfuls
  • sunflower seeds ¼ cup, toasted


Preheat oven to 200degC. Line an oven tray with baking paper.

1. Toss beetroot with maple syrup/honey and olive oil in prepared tray. Season with salt and pepper and roast for about 20-25 minutes, or until beetroot is soft and caramelised.

2. Place all tamarillo dressing ingredients in a small jar, screw on the lid and shake well to mix all ingredients together.

3. On a plate, mix cumin, turmeric and salt together. Dust haloumi slices in spice mixture to lightly coat. Heat a drizzle of olive oil in a large non-stick fry pan on medium high heat. Cook haloumi for 1-2 minutes on each side or until golden outside, and soft and melted inside.

To serve, divide rocket leaves between plates, top with roast beetroot, haloumi (straight form the hot pan) and sunflower seeds. Spoon over tamarillo dressing.

Nutritional Information Per Serving
16.5 g
15 g
Total Fat
26.5 g
15.7 g