Posted by

Victoria Lagodinsky

April 30, 2014

It’s hard to imagine getting dinner for 4 ready in less than 10 minutes. But with Liz Franklin’s book Express Meals you can put together and amazing array of flavoursome, fresh meals in no time at all.

Take this Griddled Halloumi, Pistachio and Watermelon Salad for example. It’s quick, filling and delicious, especially with some warmed pitta breads on the side. And you have to admit, much better than a ready meal…

Griddled Halloumi, Pistachio and Watermelon Salad

The salty-sweet/crunchy-soft combination of griddled halloumi, watermelon and pistachios is absolutely stunning. Plenty of freshly ground black pepper is a must.

½ small watermelon, deseeded and cut into bite-sized chunks
2 handfuls of unsalted shelled pistachios
500g/1lb 2oz halloumi cheese, patted dry and diced
juice of ½–1 lime
1 small handful of mint leaves
freshly ground black pepper

TO SERVE: lime wedges, pitta breads and crisp green salad

1. Put the watermelon on a large platter, then scatter over the pistachios.

2. Heat a large griddle pan over a high heat. Griddle the halloumi for 2 minutes, turning often, until golden on all sides. Scatter the halloumi over the watermelon and add a squeeze of lime juice, to taste.

3. Top with the mint leaves and season with pepper. Serve, while the cheese is still warm, with lime wedges, pitta breads and a crisp green salad.


175 delicious dishes you can make in 30 minutes or lessWho’d have thought that in less than thirty minutes it’s possible to roast red mullet and serve it with a chilli and garlic vinaigrette, bake a cherry tomato clafoutis, or rustle up a thai chicken curry? These are dishes that are sure to be popular family meals, yet will also go down well at any dinner party.

You can find them all in Express Meals, with full-meal recipes that take just five, ten, fifteen, twenty, twenty-five and thirty minutes to make.
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