Monday, August 27, 2007

Grilled Halloumi Salad

Jeanne from Cooksister is hosting this edition of Waiter, There's something in My... and chose the theme of the "meatless" BBQ.

Now after getting over the initial shock of the whole concept of a meat free BBQ I managed to work through it and settled on making an accompaniment, after all man and woman do not live by meat alone.

I turned to Cyprus for the solution in the form of their wonderful cheese called Halloumi that just loves to be grilled

Halloumi©  by haalo

Halloumi is a mix of Cow, Goat and Sheep Milk and when heated doesn't melt, it just softens and when eaten, squeaks in your mouth.

I've paired the grilled Halloumi with a simple salad of Rocket (Arugula) and made a dressing based on lemon juice, Ligurian olives, extra virgin olive oil and shredded mint.

Grilled Halloumi Salad© by  haalo

Grilled Halloumi Salad

Halloumi, drained and patted dried, cut into slices
Wild Rocket (Arugula)
pitted Ligurian olives, roughly sliced
freshly squeezed lemon juice
extra virgin olive oil
fresh mint leaves, finely shredded

Make the dressing:
Place the olive pieces, lemon juice, extra virgin olive oil and some shredded mint leaves into a bowl and whisk until emulsified.

Grill the Halloumi:
Place the cheese slices on a hot grill and when they have coloured on one side, turn over and repeat.

Assemble the dish:
Toss the rocket with a little of the dressing and then place on your serving platter. Arrange the slices of grilled Halloumi and then dot the remainder of the dressing over the cheese and the rocket. Finish with a sprinkle of mint leaves.

Grilled Halloumi Salad© by haalo


  1. That's a wonderful idea - I've never grilled halloumi myself, although i've fried it on a hot pan, and really love it. Such a great combination of saltiness, squeakiness etc. Lovely photos, Haalo!

  2. ahhhhhhhhh i was planning halloumi too :)
    have been on a halloumi 'diet' ever since the beginning of august. love the stuff. great photos.

  3. Oh yum. I've been wanting to try halloumi for the longest time. I haven't seen it in the grocery store here, but I think I can find it at a cheese shop, just haven't gone there yet.

  4. I grilled halloumi on the bbq last weekend, and it was the first time for me as well. It was delicious, a perfect non-meat main dish fro my veggie friend and a tasty side for our meat dishes.

  5. What gorgeous pics - and this is one of my favourite dishes. Haloumi works well on the BBQ because it simply does not disintegrate - I've also tried Haloumi and cheery tomato kebabs on the BBQ which work really well. Great entry for WTSIM - thansk for playing along!

  6. I absolutely love Halloumi!
    Go, veggie bbqs!

  7. Hi Haalo!
    My research has produced this: in Canada, the big cheese distributers to the main grocery stores say they don`t ship halloumi any more, but there actually is in fact a halloumi cheese they distribute, it`s just called Dorémi. Different but the same! I can`t get to a fromagerie, so this will have to do.

    I get the feeling that this is about the time of year that our seasons overlap... While our fresh garden produce and BBQ`s were coming out, your recipes were veering towards the winter tuck-in and get warm flavours! It`s nice to have a few weeks of you gearing up to summer while we`re finishing off the garden goods.
    Take care!

  8. I just had a grilled halloumi a while ago. I really like the idea of having in in a salad. Your halloumi salad looks really good!

  9. Thanks Pille - it is such a great cheese you can do so much with it.

    Thanks Andreea - I find it really loves a little lemon.

    Thanks Kalyn - I hope you get to taste it soon!

    Hi Mari - the trouble is that the meat-eaters tend to gorge on it as well.

    Thanks Jeanne - always a pleasure to join in.

  10. I'm glad to know I'm gonna be able to try this recipe - we have a very similar cheese here, Haalo, and this is a delicious way of having it!

  11. Thanks Patricia - hope you enjoy it!

  12. Wow- amazing photo and recipe. I've never seen halloumi myself... Not sure how that happened. I'll have to try this with paneer.


  13. Thanks Sea, paneer should be really interesting.

  14. This is my favourite halloumi recipe. It is from Accidental Vegetarian.

    Unfortunately my post is in Finnish, but at least you get the feeling from the picture. Basically, there is thin crust from wheat flour and cayenne.

    The spicy taste is best accompanied by this sauce: juice of 1 lemon, 1 ts dijon mustard, 1 glove of garlic, 1.5 ts capers and juice, 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar, fresh coriander, fresh parsley.

  15. Haalo,

    I don't know how you've done it, but somehow, you've made everyday, delicious halloumi food look cool, fresh, and new.

  16. Thanks for the recipe Mikko.

    Thanks Sean - just about everything looks nicer with those grill marks!


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