We have taken the humble sandwich to the next level with this Halloumi and Roasted Red Pepper Sandwich. Kind of like a vegetarian BLT, it is stacked up high with fillings and showing you that a sandwich never needs to be boring. Perfectly cooked halloumi, crunchy lettuce, chutney, creamy avocado and some sweet roasted red peppers in between your favourite bread. Sandwich perfection!
I am a firm believer that a sandwich should never be boring! Forget about those dull and limp supermarket sandwiches that don't actually taste anything like what they are meant to.
Sandwiches deserve more than that! You deserve more than that! This halloumi sandwich has got it all, and then some.
It's kind of like a vegetarian BLT and the halloumi gives it a really meaty texture, with that saltiness that you know and love from the squeaky cheese. Because halloumi has such a high melting point, it is the perfect cheese for a sandwich. It holds together and doesn't melt, but cooking it really brings out the flavour.
If you have some leftover halloumi to use up, why not try our Halloumi Pasta recipe.
How to perfectly cook halloumi
The best way to cook halloumi is actually the easiest way. You simply dry fry it in a non stick pan. No need to put it under the grill, or fry it in a lot of oil, as it has a high fat content so it doesn't need it.
Just cut the halloumi in to 1cm thick pieces and dry fry in a nonstick frying pan over a medium heat. It will take about 1-2 minutes each side and will be cooked when it starts to go brown and crisp.
Whilst this is a halloumi sandwich, there is no reason why you can't turn it in to a wrap to mix thing up a bit. Either use a thick flatbread type wrap, which would hold together a bit better with the chunky ingredients, or use a thinner tortilla type wrap.
If you want a low carb option, then go for a giant lettuce leaf to use as the wrap. It will fall apart a little and get pretty messy, but it's worth it if you want a lighter option.
How many calories in halloumi?
Halloumi isn't low in calories by any means, but once it is cooked it has so much flavour which means a little goes a long way. You don't need it use much of it to make an epic sandwich. 50g of halloumi has about 160 calories, but you can get lighter halloumi that is about 120 calories for a 50g serving.
You can totally make this in to a grilled/toasted sandwich. We just used toasted bread for a bit more structure, but you could just load everything up and put it in a panini press or toasted sandwich machine.
Can it be gluten free?
Halloumi is gluten free, so you are all good there. Providing all the other ingredients you put in the sandwich are gluten free, you just need to use your favourite gluten free bread to hold everything together.
Here is where you can go crazy! Use the halloumi and roasted red peppers as a base, and then get really creative. You definitely need some crunch in there, which is why we added iceberg lettuce and some slices of tomato add some freshness. My favourite addition to this sandwich is some avocado - it adds colour and creaminess.
What is a sandwich without some kind of sauce? We spread a spoonful of chutney on the bread, as it adds a nice chunky texture to the sandwich.
But, if you want more of a creamy sauce then I can definitely recommend some hummus. Halloumi and hummus are an epic combination, especially if it's a flavoured hummus with sun dried tomato.
Step by step
- Cut the halloumi in to 1cm thick slices. Dry fry in a non-stick frying pan for 1-2 minutes each side.
- Toast the bread and spread with chutney or hummus.
- Add the cooked halloumi, lettuce, roasted red pepper, tomato and top with second slice of bread. Serve with pickles.
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Halloumi and Roasted Red Pepper Sandwich
- 4 slices wholewheat bread
- 2 tsp butter
- 2 tbsp tomato chutney
- 150 g lighter Halloumi
- 2 roasted red peppers
- 1 beef tomato sliced
- 20 g iceberg lettuce
- Toast the bread and set aside.
- Slice the halloumi and dry fry in a non stick frying pan for 4 minutes, turning half way through.
- Lightly butter one side of each slice of bread and put 2 slices on a griddle butter side down. Top with chutney, halloumi, roasted red pepper, tomato and put the other pieces of toast on top, with the buttered side on the outside. Griddle for 1 minute and then gently flip over and do the other side.
- Take the tops off the sandwich and fill with lettuce and serve.