Fried Haloumi and Orange Salad

"From the Jan/Feb issue of "In my Kitchen". A fresh salad that is quick and easy to prepare and tastes delicious"
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  • Fill a roasting dish with 5cm warm water and place haloumi slices in it in a single layer. Leave at room temperature for 2 - 6 hours, or over night in the fridge.
  • Thinly slice the chilli and place in a small pan with the garlic and half the oil. Bring to a gentle simmer for 2 minutes. (You don't want the garlic to change colour too much, you just want the flavours to infuse). Take off the heat and pour contents into a small jug, then add the reamining oil and the vinegar and leave this dressing to one side.
  • Bring a small pot of water to the boil and add half the spinach and submerge with a wooden spoon. Keep the spinach in the water for 15 seconds then drain immediately into a strainer and refresh with cold water. Squeeze out excess water. Shred the remaining spinach with a shap knife.
  • Take the haloumi from the soaking water and pat dry on kitchen paper. Heat a frying pan and add a few tablespoons of olive oil, then fry the haloumi on both sdies. Remove from the heat and place on 4 plates.
  • Take the blanched spinach and pull apart to loosen it a little, then place in a bowl with the shredded raw spinach, orange sements, hazelnuts and sun dried tomatoes.
  • Slice the water chestnuts into rounds about 5mm thick and add to the bowl.
  • Stir the chilli dressing and add to the salad mix with a little salt and mix by hand.
  • Divide the salad between the four ptaes and serve.

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