This Halloumi Salad is such a great combination of fresh, colorful vegetables and perfectly fried halloumi cheese!! Drizzle everything with a Mediterranean salad dressing and you have a perfect light dinner.
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If you have never tried Halloumi cheese, I really hope you get to try it soon:). Halloumi cheese is a cheese similar to mozzarella but looks more like feta cheese. When fried, this cheese doesn’t loose its shape.
It’s native to Cyprus but used throughout the Mediterranean region. Back home, it’s mostly made with a combination of goat and sheep milk. The one I have found in my grocery store here in Florida is made with cow’s milk and it is herbed.
Halloumi is great fried or grilled! See my other recipe with this cheese: Eggs & Halloumi Breakfast.
How to Serve this Salad?
You have so many choices for this salad. I’ll tell you how I serve it for my family, but feel free to adapt it to your routine.
You can serve this salad as a light meal. It’s one of my favorites on a hot summer day. A fresh salad with some fried cheese and a side of fresh bread make for a delicious meal.
Also, you can serve this salad as a side dish to a bigger meal like a big dinner or a celebration. Here’s one example when I served this salad with a baked dish of Cornish hens and potatoes.
Tips & Notes
I might be biased with Mediterranean type salads, but I feel this cheese is great with a salad that has cucumbers, tomatoes, olives, peppers etc. However, feel free to add your favorite vegetables.
- Cucumber – pick an English cucumber over regular cucumbers. English cucumbers have that crips taste and have less seeds, plus they are not that watery.
- Tomatoes – pick tasty tomatoes like campari tomatoes or Red n Tasty. You can also use smaller varieties like cherry or grape tomatoes.
- Onion – red onion is more typical but in its absence you can use white onion too.
- Pepper – use a green bell pepper or any other non-spicy green pepper.
- Dressing – you can prepare the dressing ahead, toss the salad and then add halloumi on top. Or you can put the dressing on the side. If you’re going to do the latter, then double on the dressing so you can have enough for everyone.
Halloumi Salad with Mediterranean Dressing
- 1 English cucumber
- 3 tomatoes firm, red tomatoes
- 1 green bell pepper
- 0.25 red onion
- 20 kalamata olives
- 8 oz halloumi cheese
- 4 ozs lettuce
- 3 tbsps olive oil extra virgin
- 1 tbsp red wine vinegar
- 0.5 tsp oregano
- salt to taste
- Wash and pat dry tomatoes, pepper and cucumber. Wash lettuce and let it drain. Peel onion, slice it and place it in a bowl of cold water.
- Chop lettuce and place on the salad bowl or platter first, add sliced tomatoes, cucumber, olives and onion next. De-seed the pepper, cut the top then slice in long strips. Add those to salad too.
- Cut the halloumi in slices (about quarter inch thick or half centimeter). Fry it in a non stick skillet or cast iron skillet. It takes about 2 minutes on one side, as soon as the edges start becoming golden, flip to the other side. Let fry for another 1-2 minutes than remove the cheese from skillet. It will retain the shape. Arrange halloumi slices over salad in a circular pattern.
- Mix olive oil, red wine vinegar, oregano and salt. If you are doubling the measurements, you can add them to a jar, close the lid and shake them together. Then pour straight into the salad. I usually double the recipe if people want the dressing on the side, however if I'm tossing the measurements are perfect for 4 servings or so.
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Other Salad Recipes
I love salads and have plenty salad recipes in my blog. Feel free to check some of them out:).