Grilled Halloumi Salad

I’m not sure how familiar people are with Halloumi cheese. If you have never heard of it or tried it before, I highly suggest you do. It’s pretty fantastic. I was first introduced to halloumi at a cooking class I took with my mom many years ago. We have both been fans of it ever since.

Halloumi is a special kind of cheese because you can actually grill it and it won’t melt! I know that doesn’t really seem to make sense, but instead of melting, it warms up and gets a really nice crispy crust on it. Sometimes it is referred to as ‘squeaky’ cheese, because it gives a little squeak when you cut it or chew it. I think it makes it a little more fun to eat. It’s perfect to serve over salads or even use as a cracker-like base for appetizers.Taste-wise, halloumi reminds me vaguely of feta. It’s kinda salty, kinda tangy. It’s native of Cyprus, so being similar to a Greek cheese makes sense.

The only downside to halloumi is that, at least in these parts, it’s pretty pricy. Luckily we recently discovered the European Deli & Market here in Santa Barbara, which has tons of Russian, Eastern European, Greek, and Middle Eastern food at really good prices (especially for imports). I normally go there to get sour cherries and sauerkraut, but on my last trip I decided to check out the cold cases and what did I happen to see? Halloumi! For 3 bucks cheaper than any other store around here! Score!

Grilled Halloumi Salad

  • 1 pack of Halloumi cheese, sliced into about 1/4 inch slices
  • Arugula or baby mixed greens
  • 1 red onion, thinly sliced
  • Handful of kalamata olives, chopped
  • 1 lemon
  • Olive oil
  • Freshly ground pepper
On a plate, place arugula or greens. Top with onions and olives.
Heat a pan over medium heat. Add a small drizzle of of olive oil and move pan to coat. Add Halloumi slices to pan and cook for about 4 minutes on each side until golden and lightly crispy on each side.
Add to prepared salad. Squeeze lemon over cheese and salad. Top with freshly ground pepper. Serve and enjoy!

2 thoughts on “Grilled Halloumi Salad

  1. Squeaky cheese! I adore halloumi. This look really amazing, I love grilling halloumi and to be honest it’s a really good substitute for meat as it’s not too heavy but it has a good meaty consistency. Lovely job.

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