Black olive pesto, cherry tomato and halloumi toast

Easy and quick lunch idea: black olive pesto, cherry tomato and halloumi toast. Ive made this black olive pesto a few ways (on flatbreads, pasta etc) and it’s super tasty on toast.

Here’s how to make it:

Black olive pesto, cherry tomato and halloumi toast

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  • Bread of choice (this is a Frances pan loaf from Whole Foods)
  • Olive oil
  • salt/pepper
  • Halloumi
  • Cherry tomatoes

The black olive pesto:

  • 1 can of black olives
  • 3/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1/2 cup parm cheese
  • salt/pepper
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts


  • Make the pesto. In a food processor, pulse garlic and pine nuts. Add in olives, parm and olive oil. Season with salt and pepper. Taste and adjust accordingly.
  • Slice halloumi and add to pan on medium heat. Once cheese gets nicely golden, flip and repeat. You don’t need to add any oil to the pan!
  • Coat bread in olive oil and cook in a pan for about 2-3 min per side.
  • Spread pesto on toast with halloumi slices and tomatoes. Season with red pepper flakes if you want some spice. Enjoy!

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I’m Abigail, a creative director, home cook and content creator living in Brooklyn. I love making the easy stuff with a twist and yes, I eat a lot of toast. This is where I share my latest recipes, so please make yourself at home.