Healthy side dish recipe for asparagus and haloumi cheese – can also be served as a light main meal

250g good quality haloumi cheese
1 tbsp cold pressed olive oil
1 tbsp za’atar spice
2 bunches of asparagus
1 tsp chilli flakes
Juice of 1/2 a lemon
5-6 mint leaves, chopped

How to
Preheat oven to 180°.

Arrange asparagus on a lined baking tray and drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle over chilli flakes. Season with sea salt and pepper and add to oven. Roast for 15-20 minutes.

Meanwhile, slice haloumi pieces lengthways (1-2cm wide). Sprinkle each piece with za’atar spice and sea salt.

Heat olive oil on a large, non-stick frying pan on medium heat. Add haloumi to pan and fry until each side is golden (3-4 minutes). Set aside.

On a serving platter, arrange haloumi and asparagus. Drizzle asparagus with lemon juice and garnish with mint leaves.


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Recipe created by Jessica Sepel, a qualified Sydney nutritionist, health blogger and wellness coach. She is the author of several eBooks, including the JSHealth Detox Plan and The Clean Life. Visit for more recipes, nutrition advice and wellness inspiration.