Grilled halloumi and kale salad with tahini yoghurt dressing

After a healthy, light meal? Try this simple kale and halloumi salad topped with a delightful yoghurt dressing, so it's still packed with flavour.


For the kale salad
100g kale leaves
½ teaspoon sea salt
30g blanched almonds
1 avocado, peeled, de-stoned and cut into chunks
4 spring onions, thinly sliced
100g radishes, thinly sliced
1 pomegranate, seeds
2 teaspoons sesame seeds
2 teaspoons black sesame seeds

For the halloumi
1 teaspoon turmeric
1 teaspoon hot smoked paprika
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
200g halloumi, cut into 1cm-thick slices

For the tahini yoghurt dressing
25ml tahini
100ml Greek yoghurt
½ a lemon, juice and zest for garnish
Sea salt

To serve
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil


1. Prep the kale by removing stalks and thick stems, and cut or tear into bite-size pieces. Put the leaves into a large mixing bowl and add the salt, crushing it between your fingers.

2. With both hands, massage the leaves with the salt for a minute or two; it will suddenly feel much softer in your hands.

3. Add all the other ingredients, mix together and set to one side.

4. Turn your grill to its hottest setting. Put the turmeric, paprika and oil into a little bowl and mix. Add the halloumi and coat in the spices and oil.

5. Place the halloumi on a baking sheet and pop under the hot grill. Allow to cook for 3 to 4 minutes, then turn over and cook for another 3 to 4 minutes. Turn off the grill but leave the baking sheet under it to keep warm.

6. For the dressing, put all the ingredients into a bowl and mix with a whisk.

7. To serve, divide the salad between two bowls, add some dressing and top with warm halloumi and an extra drizzle of oil.

This is an edited extract from The Pioppi Diet  by Dr Aseem Halhotra & Donal O'Neill, Penguin Books, RRP $24.99.

About the book

A diet that allows red wine, chocolate and the most delicious Italian food you can imagine? The Pioppi Diet  offers just that, but so much more - lose weight, de-stress and live healthier and longer with this revolutionary new programme.


Pioppi itself, a small Italian village which is home to the healthiest, longest-living people in the world, offers secrets that have never before been shared - until now.


Based on five years of research and drawing on over 100 studies on Pioppi, Dr Aseem Malhotra, a trained cardiologist, has created a plan which is designed to provide readers with the joy and wellbeing of a Mediterranean lifestyle by making small 'marginal gains' over a 21-day period.