Monday, 3 September 2012

Halloumi Salad

I'm sure you're like me that you come across certain aromas that bring some wonderful (and bad) memories flooding back. Some of smells that do this to me are fresh cut grass, baking bread, fresh coffee. I also love the smell of rain falling on a hot pavement on a sunny day, it just reminds me being caught in a shower when going to school one day (actually that was a bad one, not getting caught in the shower, but going to school lol). What does surprise me is that I can remember that day perfectly and then I can't remember where I put my motorbike keys just 30 minutes before. But I digress, one of my favourite cooking smells is bacon and it was one of the ingredients I really missed when I was a veggie. But a fellow veggie advise me to try a Cypriot cheese called halloumi. This was a great veggie substitute and became a staple at the weekend when I still had a full English breakfast, but a veggie version as it replaced the bacon almost perfectly. I did go back eating meat, but still sometimes have halloumi sandwich instead of bacon, yeah I know that's weird but tasty with lashing of butter on the bread.

I am not a big fan of salad dressing because I like to taste the ingredients of the salad than drowning them in a dressing. I learnt fairly quickly to ask for dressing on the side when in a restaurant, because some dressing are so heavy and thick they spoil the salad and some restaurants do like to add a lot of dressing. I did make a lemon dressing, which is very simple but used sparingly as it's fairly strong.

I made chicken burgers with lemon and tarragon and made this salad for a side dish. But it's nice to have as a lunch main course.

  • 1 block of Halloumi
  • Lettuce – I used a bag of mixed leaves
  • punnet of water cress
  • 12 black olives, crushed
  • quarter of cucumber, diced
  • advocado, stone removed and peeled then diced
  • 2tbps extra virgin olive oil
  • 2tbsp lemon juice
  • salt and pepper to season
  • (serves 4 as a side or 2 as a main)

Cut the halloumi into 8 sticks and place under the grill. When one side is golden brown, turn over and brown again. Once browned on all side, take out of the grill and allow to cool.

Put the lettuce, water cress, crushed olives, cucumber, diced avocado into a bowl and mix

Cut the halloumi into pieces and mix into the bowl of salad.

Put the olive oil, lemon juice and salt and peppers into cup and mix together and pour the amount you want into the salad and mix together. This dressing is strong so use sparingly.


Pete @ Bookatable said...

Great post. Halloumi is so versatile. When I have barbecues I like to place thick slices of it on at the end for a couple of minutes. Then I just give them to everyone to snack on. Delicious! The next is more of a Cypriot thing, but it also goes extremely well with watermelon! The combination of sweet and sour is incredible.

Donkey said...

Never thought of BBQ Halloumi, but a good idea. I will try the Halloumi with Watermelon, but I struggle mixing sweet and savoury together, but that is slowly changing..