Halloumi Pasta with Tahini Dressing

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This halloumi pasta recipe is a great summer dish. With roasted tomatoes, pine nuts and a creamy tahini dressing it’s great served hot or cold.

I cannot believe it’s taken me this long to combine halloumi and pasta.

Platter of halloumi pasta with tomatoes on a bright blue background

Close up of halloumi pasta with tomato and parsley

I mean they’re literally two of the best foods in the world and I eat them both at least once a week but until now I didn’t realise how perfect they’d be in the same dish. 

And now this dish, or a version of it, will be appearing on my menu on the regular from now on. I’d initially planned to make a vegan version of this pasta but then I had a block of halloumi cheese in the fridge and I couldn’t resist adding it to the dish.

I’ll definitely be revisiting the initial vegan plan (and you could definitely leave the halloumi out of this recipe if you want to) but for now that combination of pasta, halloumi, sweet roasty tomatoes and creamy tahini dressing is just so dreamy. 

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Halloumi pasta with a wooden spoon on a cloth

Why we love this halloumi pasta:

  • This pasta needs just a handful of ingredients which are all bursting with flavour and taste so good when combined
  • It’s vegetarian and you can even make it vegan if you leave out the halloumi
  • It has an amazing creamy tahini dressing which adds an incredible nutty flavour to the pasta
  • It’s easily customisable and you could add any extra vegetables you like 

Platter of halloumi pasta with a wooden spoon and a portion taken

Cream bowl of halloumi pasta on a blue background

Creamy Halloumi Pasta Ingredients:

  • Pasta: I used fusilli but you could try any cut you like
  • Cherry Tomatoes: Roasted with olive oil until collapsing and juicy
  • Fresh Parsley: Finely chopped. Use basil if you prefer
  • Pine Nuts
  • Halloumi: Sliced and fried until browned on both sides
  • Tahini Dressing: A delicious combination of olive oil, tahini, lemon juice, white wine vinegar, dijon mustard and maple syrup

Halloumi pasta with tomato and parsley on a blue background

Overhead shot of wooden spoon on halloumi pasta platter over a blue background

Halloumi Pasta Salad Instructions:

  1. Cook the pasta and tomatoes: Toss the tomatoes with olive oil and salt and pepper and roast for 15 minutes. Follow the packet instructions to cook the pasta then drain. 
  2. Make the dressing: Whisk together all of the dressing ingredients and thin with water if needed.
  3. Fry the halloumi: Fry the halloumi in a dry pan in batches until browned (get more tips for this in my how to cook halloumi post)
  4. Finish the pasta: Toss together the pasta, tomatoes, parsley, pine nuts, halloumi and dressing.

Equipment you need to make this recipe…

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Close up of halloumi pasta on a grey plate

Expert tips for making halloumi pasta:

  • This pasta recipe works great hot or cold so it’s perfect for weekday lunches
  • It’s important not to overcrowd the pan when frying the halloumi otherwise it won’t brown so make sure to do it in batches
  • I would highly recommend making extra dressing and keeping it in the fridge to have on salads or use as a dip, it’s super versatile and delicious
  • To make this recipe gluten free simply use your favourite brand of gluten free pasta

Wooden spoon with halloumi pasta in front of a wooden bowl of pine nuts

Want more? Try these other halloumi recipes!

 

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Halloumi Pasta with Tahini Dressing

This halloumi pasta recipe is a great summer dish. With roasted tomatoes, pine nuts and a creamy tahini dressing it's great served hot or cold.
5 from 10 votes
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mediterranean
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 554kcal
Author: Amy Fulwood

Ingredients

  • 300 g Pasta
  • 250 g Cherry Tomatoes
  • 1 tbsp Olive Oil
  • Bunch Parsley finely chopped
  • 50 g Pine Nuts
  • 200 g Halloumi sliced
  • Salt and Pepper

Tahini Dressing

  • 3 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 3 tbsp Tahini
  • 3 tbsp Lemon Juice
  • 2 tbsp White Wine Vinegar
  • 1 tsp Dijon Mustard
  • 1 tsp Maple Syrup
  • Water as needed
  • Salt and Pepper

Instructions

  • Heat the oven to 200°C/400°F. Toss the tomatoes with the olive oil and salt and pepper in a roasting tin and roast for 15 minutes. Whisk together all the dressing ingredients, season well and add water as needed until you reach a pouring consistency. Set aside.
  • Cook the pasta according to packet instructions.
  • Toss together the pasta, cherry tomatoes, parsley, halloumi and pine nuts. Drizzle over the dressing and toss again.
Nutrition Facts
Halloumi Pasta with Tahini Dressing
Amount Per Serving
Calories 554 Calories from Fat 207
% Daily Value*
Fat 23g35%
Saturated Fat 10g50%
Sodium 630mg26%
Potassium 367mg10%
Carbohydrates 63g21%
Fiber 3g12%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 23g46%
Vitamin A 305IU6%
Vitamin C 19.1mg23%
Calcium 539mg54%
Iron 1.9mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Notes

Nutrition information is an estimate and will vary depending on the ingredients used.
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9 Comments

  • Reply
    Diana Reis
    07/06/2019 at 3:59 PM


    This is so delicious. It’s perfect to make for dinner and send in lunchboxes the next day.

  • Reply
    Anita @ Daily Cooking Quest
    07/06/2019 at 4:05 PM


    I haven’t been quite adventurous when it come to cheeses. Your halloumi pasta looks super delicious I think I may start looking for this cheese when I grocery shop. 🙂

  • Reply
    Beth Pierce
    07/06/2019 at 4:23 PM


    This was absolutely delicious! This will be perfect for my niece’s graduation party this weekend; yum!

  • Reply
    Raia Todd
    07/06/2019 at 4:24 PM


    What a delicious sounding pasta salad! I love the dressing!

  • Reply
    Roxana
    07/06/2019 at 4:51 PM


    I like halloumi cheese and this recipe inspires me to make some. So easy and delicious. Lots of flavor in it.

  • Reply
    Jere Cassidy
    30/07/2019 at 11:25 PM


    Wow, you can do so much with this recipe. I think it sounds great the way you have it, but having options is great.

  • Reply
    Jaclyn
    30/07/2019 at 11:40 PM


    Oh my goodness – this dish looks amazing! I love halloumi and needs new ways to enjoy it so this is perfect for me!

  • Reply
    Krissy Allori
    30/07/2019 at 11:53 PM


    This pasta salad is delicious! Thank you for sharing!

  • Reply
    Sylvie
    31/07/2019 at 12:57 AM


    I love Halloumi, I love pasta salad and I love Tahini. This is a dream recipe!! Thanks so much for the great idea, I cannot wait to try it at home!

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