Australia Day is just around the corner and we are counting down the days until we celebrate with friends under the sunshine (hopefully), barbecuing, watching the kids play and sipping on something cool and refreshing.
For a super relaxed back yard lunch we’ll be creating this unbelievably gorgeous bbq squid and halloumi salad.
The base of the salad is a vibrant mix of fluffy couscous, fresh herbs, gorgeously golden (almost charred) roast pumpkin and red onion all married together thanks to a zesty honey and dijon dressing. The couscous base really is a salad unto itself but to celebrate this glorious and bloody hot country of ours let’s ‘guild the lilly’ a little and top it off with a mountain of barbecued lemon, garlic and parsley marinated squid and a good helping of perfectly charred salty haloumi cheese.
Although the perfectly charred squid, drizzled in a little fresh lemon juice is the star of this salad, for me the beautifully sweet roast pumpkin against the salty sharp deliciousness of the haloumi is unbelievably good too.
I really can’t wait to share this salad with our friends. Happy Australia Day!
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