Fried Halloumi Cheese Salad

  • 35 mins
  • 7 ingredients

Ingredients

  • Dressing:
  • 1 tsp honey
  • juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • pinch of red pepper flakes
  • kosher salt and fresh cracked black pepper to taste
  • 2 tbs extra virgin olive oil
Halloumi cheese gains it’s genesis from the Island nation of Cyprus. It is a 100% sheep’s milk cheese and combines the texture of of mozzarella with the briny moisture of feta. Instead of melting when cooked, Halloumi browns nicely.It is also great when grilled.

Directions:

  • Whisk together honey, lemon juice, garlic, red pepper flakes and season with salt and pepper.
  • Slowly whisk in the olive oil until combined. Set aside.
Salad:
  • 1 small red onion, very finely sliced
  • 1 small cucumber cut into chunks
  • 2/3 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/3 cup of kalamatta olives or other black olives, pitted
  • A large handful of mint leaves coarsely shredded
  • A large handful of flat leaf parsley
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • a large pinch of paprika, used smoked if available
  • kosher salt and fresh cracked black pepper to taste (use sparingly as dressing contains salt and pepper)
  • 1 lb of Halloumi cheese cut into 16 slices
  • 2 tbs olive oil
Directions:
  • In a large bowl, toss together onion, cucumber, tomatoes, olives, mint and parsley.
  • In a small bowl whisk together flour, paprika, salt and pepper.
  • Moisten Halloumi slices slightly with water, then press them into the seasoned flour, making sure they are coated all over. Shake off excess.
  • Heat oil a large frying pan and fry Halloumi slices over medium heat for 2 minutes per side until golden on the outside and slightly soft inside.
  • Toss the salad vegetables with the dressing making sure everything is well coated.
  • Divide salad among 4 plates and put 2 slices of the hot Halloumi on each one.
 

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