Black-eyed Bean, Spinach and Haloumi Salad


This vibrant salad features black eyed beans which are a protein rich creamy textured white legume, high in iron, folate and B vitamins.

Black eyed beans are soft yet firm and flavoursome without having to try too hard and are also distinctively marked with a dark dot like mark.

They beans are allowed to marinade in a fresh lemon, parsley and olive oil vinaigrette.

Black eyed beans are reported to help prevent anaemia and inflammation , improve digestion, lower blood pressure, improve skin and hair health.

Incorporate this food into your diet for a little dose of the authentic Mediterranean Diet.

Easy to make, but will require a little preparation the day before as this recipe calls for the use of dried beans.

Serves 4

Preparation 3 hours ( soaking beans)


500g dried black-eyed beans

1 eshallot or spring onion

1 Spanish onion

400g English Spinach Leaves

200g mix of cherry tomatoes and chopped Roma.

1/2 avocado

250g haloumi cheese

1/4 cup fresh extra virgin olive oil

1/4 cup lemon juice

3 tbspns finely chopped flat leaf parsley


Soak beans for 3-4 hours in 1L water.

Drain and boil in medium-high heat until firm yet soft. This will be approximately 25 minutes but it will depend on your batch of beans.

Strain allow to cool then place in the fridge. Beat together the olive oil, lemon juice and finely chopped parsley. When your beans are cold, mix through and leave to soak in the fridge for 20 minutes.

Finely chop Roma tomato , onion and eschalot. Mix into the salad. Trust me on this. The red onion goes very well with the beans. Ensure they are super finely chopped. It is much easier to eat for those who don’t like onion. It would be a shame to omit as it goes so well with the other ingredients.

Black-eyed Bean salad

Variation: Add cucumber, grilled zucchini or eggplant if you like.

Chop half the spinach leaves and leave the other half as is.

Cut haloumi into thick Peace’s and cook on the pan about 15 seconds each side.

Finely chopped the avocado and gently mix all the ingredients together.

Season with salt and pepper, add extra olive oil and juice if required.

Add haloumi on top and serve.

This is a perfect dish to enjoy at home, bring to a barbeque and keeps well in the fridge.

16 Comments Add yours

  1. jyo says:

    Healthiest salad… Totally love this ❤

    1. My daughter who is 17 loves it. I make extra for her so she can take it to school with her.

  2. foodinbooks says:

    That looks really good. I actually don’t care for black beans, so I might substitute lentils. But everything else looks delicious!

    1. Black beans and black-eyed beans taste and look very very different. Black eyed beans are also referred to as black eyed ‘peas’. Black beans are used in South American cuisine whereas black eyed beans in european. This recipe calls for fresh dried beans the brine from the tinned variety would clash very much. Good luck!

  3. mistimaan says:

    Nice recipe

    1. thank you mistimaan .

  4. juliarecipes says:

    Beautiful salad 🙂

    1. Thank you.. It’s very popular .🙂🙏

  5. Wow this is delicious! I love everything that you have put into this salad! thank you for sharing! 🙂

    1. Hi Linda, it truly is a refreshing and filling filling salad. Everything about it spells goodness.

  6. Cindy Wei says:

    I made pretty much the exact same dish yesterday and loved it. Halloumi is one of my favourite non-meat sources of protein and vitamins, and not to mention how TASTY it is when a little charred. Thank you for sharing your veggie-ful halloumi recipe! Your photography, also, is stunning.

    1. Hi Cindy, haloumi is so versatile isn’t it. Black-eyed beans are very very high in protein and vitamins and give you the same type of fullness as you would if you had meat in the salad. The two together are paired so well. Thank you for taking the time to read my recipe.

  7. Music Videos says:

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  8. Looks yummy! Will try!

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