Published 22 Dec 2023

It's Saturday, you're coming home after a 10-kilometer run. When you get home, hydrate well and supercharge your body with this delightful Turkish Pide Bread topped with tomato tapenade, grilled veggies halloumi cheese, and the delightful crunch of pistachios.

The Turkish Pide Bread is your dependent partner in carb-loading, it restores your glycogen stores in your muscles, which you have partially or completely used after a workout. The Tomato Tapenade adds lots of flavor and a healthy dose of lycopene (known as a powerful antioxidant) to protect your muscles from oxidative stress.

Those grilled veggies are a symphony of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, perfect to keep your intestines and immune system strong. The Halloumi cheese in this recipe ensures your muscle recovery. The addition of pistachios introduces a delightful crunch, not to mention healthy fats and fiber. The combination of wholesome ingredients ensures you'll stay full for longer.

What: A nice round Turkish Pide Bread with tomato, grilled vegetables, halloumi, and pistachios for about 4-6 people.

Why: A bread dish that contains quite a lot of vegetables.

How: With the quick version, you'll be ready to enjoy it after 10 minutes! If you make the bread and grilled vegetables yourself, it will take a little longer.

When: You can categorize this as a recovery meal. Because it contains sufficient carbohydrates, and proteins, but also vegetables and nuts that contain fiber. Too much fiber isn’t pleasant before exercise.


  • 1 Bake-off Turkish Pide Bread (or make it yourself with whole nutritious grains)
  • 3 fleshy tomatoes, cut into pieces
  • 100-120 grams of tomato tapenade
  • 400 grams of grilled vegetables such as peppers, zucchini, and eggplant (often found in the freezer section of your supermarket). Or bake or grill your own fresh vegetables
  • 200-225 grams halloumi cheese
  • Handful of peeled pistachios, lightly roasted in the pan
  • 1 ts olive oil


Per person               6 versus / 4 persons                                     

Energy (kcal)            490 / 735   

Carbohydrates (g)  48 / 73

Protein (g)                19 / 28                                                    

Fat (g)                        23 / 35

Saturated fat (g)      8 / 12                          

Fibre (g)                    7 / 10

Magnesium (mg)    42 / 62

Iron (mg)                  2 / 3

Zinc (mg)                  1 / 3

Preparing the Turkish Pide Bread:

  1. Prepare the Turkish pide bread according to the instructions on the packaging.
  2. After it has cooled for a few minutes, cut the bread in half, so that you have a top and a bottom.
  3. We used pre-grilled vegetables (pepper, zucchini, and eggplant) from the freezer. Put 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a frying pan and fry the vegetables until they are thawed and cooked.
  4. Mix the tomato tapenade with the fresh tomato pieces. Spread the tomato mixture over the bread.
  5. Then spread the grilled vegetables over it.
  6. Cut the halloumi into half-centimeter slices. Fry briefly in a pan (30 seconds on each side) until golden brown. Divide slices of halloumi cheese over the grilled vegetables. Finish it off with the pistachios, top of the bread on top and enjoy!

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