It can get tiresome eating the same basic salads all of the time. It can also be frustrating when you want to tuck into a healthy meal but it requires a lot of preparation.
This halloumi (haloumi) salad is quick and simple to make, yet is packed full of fresh and bright flavours. It is inspired by Mediterranean cuisine, in particular Greek food. What’s more, it is the perfect dish to enjoy on a warm summer day.
Keep reading to find out how to make this tasty halloumi salad.
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What Do You Need?
This halloumi salad is quick and easy to make and requires very little equipment. All you need is a knife and a chopping board to prepare the ingredients, a frying pan/griddle pan, and the plates or dishes that you intend to serve the salad on.
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You may also want tongs to make it easy for you to turn the cheese over in the frying pan.
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Tips And Tricks
This is a foolproof recipe for a delicious and healthy salad. If you follow these tips and tricks you can be sure to get it right every time.
- Oil – It is best to oil the cheese, not the pan. Brush each side of the cheese slices with oil. The pan should be hot enough that you hear the oil sizzle as it touches the pan.
- Cheese – When the cheese turns golden brown it takes on a nice crisp texture on the outside, and the flavour of the cheese is enhanced. If you cook it for too long then it will burn and the flavour will be ruined, so make sure you keep an eye on it.
- Baby Greens – Make sure the baby greens are washed but not soggy. You may want to use a salad spinner to remove any excess water.
- Cucumber – Try and get the cucumber slices nice and thin so you have plenty of slices to spread across each salad.
- Fresh ingredients – Make sure you use fresh mint and fresh lemon to flavour this salad. The ingredients are simple, but making sure they are fresh will provide the salad with lots of flavour.
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How Should You Serve This Salad?
This halloumi salad makes enough for 4 people to enjoy as a lunch or a light dinner. Alternatively, it could serve 6 people as an appetiser. You could also serve it as a side dish, alongside some grilled meat and boiled or sauteed potatoes.
This salad would make a great side dish to serve at a BBQ or a garden party, as the fresh, zingy flavours would really complement the grilled meat. It is also a good vegetarian option for those guests that don’t eat meat.
How Can You Customise This Recipe?
This recipe draws on the Greek flavours of halloumi cheese, lemon juice and mint. There are plenty of ways that you can customise this recipe if you want to.
- Cheese – Grilled halloumi is a delicious treat. It is salty and has a wonderful squeaky texture. If you aren’t a fan of halloumi cheese then you can switch it out for feta cheese to continue with the Greek theme, or use raw mozzarella for a general Mediterranean flavour.
- Baby greens – Baby greens like spinach work really well in this salad, but you can use any kind of salad leaves that you like. Various types of lettuce and rocket can be added in for variety and flavour.
- Dressing – A simple lemon juice dressing is very Greek, but you can also use different kinds of dressings if you prefer. For example, a dressing of balsamic vinegar, olive oil, crushed garlic, salt and pepper would work nicely.
- Meat – This is a vegetarian salad, but you can add some grilled meat if you want to. Grilled chicken or pork flavoured with oregano and lemon juice would continue the Greek theme. You could also use some Mediterranean style lamb. If you love steak, a sliced steak on top of the salad would also be delicious. You could also use the meat juices in the salad dressing.
- Vegetables – If you want to make this salad even more delicious, you could add some roasted vegetables. Red peppers, sun dried tomatoes, onions and eggplant roasted in olive oil with garlic would be lovely spread over this salad. You could also add some olives too.
- Garnish – If you want to add a garnish to this salad, there are several options. A sprig of fresh mint and a wedge of lemon would work as this replicates the flavours that are already in the salad. Alternatively, you may want to introduce a new texture by adding nuts or seeds on top of the salad. Pine nuts would work nicely with this salad, especially if you toast them.
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