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Wild halloumi and pomegranate octopus salad

Prep time
10 mins
Cooking Time
60 mins


  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon fennel seeds
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 sprig rosemary
  • 1 sprig thyme
  • 1 lemon, sliced
  • 400 g (14 oz) MSC certified sustainable octopus tentacles, tenderized or pre-cooked if short of time
  • 65 g (2 oz/1  ⁄3 cup) toasted buckwheat
  • 40 g (1. oz/1  ⁄3 cup) cooked quinoa
  • 1 tablespoon currants or golden currents 
  • 1 tablespoon cranberries 
  • ⅓ cup picked mint leaves 
  • 1 tablespoon finely shaved fennel
  • 1 teaspoon pomegranate seeds
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • finely grated zest and juice 1 lemon
  • 200 g (7 oz) halloumi
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  1. Place 2 litres (2 quarts/8 cups) of water in a large saucepan. Add salt, fennel seeds, bay leaf, rosemary, thyme and lemon and bring to a boil then simmer for 25 minutes.
  2. Add the octopus and simmer for 25–30 minutes, until tender. Remove from the pan and set aside to rest.
  3. In a mixing bowl, combine the buckwheat, quinoa, currants, fennel, mint, pomegranate, 3 tablespoons olive oil, lemon zest and juice.
  4. Heat the remaining oil in a frying pan over medium heat. Cook halloumi for 2–3 minutes, stirring and turning occasionally, until golden brown. While still warm add to the salad and toss well.
  5. Arrange the salad on a large board or plate and top with the octopus tentacles.

NOTE: To tenderize the octopus, beat with a meat mallet or rolling pin for 15 minutes.

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