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Greek Salad with Seared Halloumi
and chickpeas / tomatoes / cucumbers

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Halloumi is a firm, salty cheese that won't melt when cooked over high heat, which makes it a great option for the grill or for searing in a hot pan. It's also a delicious addition to this otherwise classic Greek salad, which last appeared in a meal plan in 2021.
Smarts: If you don't prefer the bite of raw onions, soak them in cool water and then drain well before adding them to the salad. This simple step will help mellow their flavor.
Cooking methods: This recipe includes instructions for using the stovetop or grill. Select your preferred method.

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Ingredients

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Servings:
4
Lemon-Marinated Halloumi:
  • Cheese, Halloumi - 12 oz, 1/2" / 1.3 cm slices
  • Parsley, fresh - 1 Tbsp, chopped
  • Lemon zest - 1 tsp
  • Oil, cooking - 2 Tbsp
Greek Vinaigrette:
  • Dill, fresh - 1 tsp, chopped
  • Vinegar, red or white wine - 1 Tbsp
  • Lemon juice - 2 tsp
  • Mustard, Dijon - 1 tsp
  • Honey - 1/2 tsp
  • Oil, olive - 3 Tbsp
Greek Salad:
  • Cucumbers - 8 oz, chopped
  • Onions, medium and red - 1/4, thinly sliced
  • Tomatoes, medium - 2, chopped
  • Olives, pitted Kalamata - 1/2 cup, drained and rinsed (sub any type of olive)
  • Beans, garbanzo (14 oz / 397 g) - 1 can, drained and rinsed
  • Mixed greens - 8 oz (sub any type of lettuce)

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Prep

  1. Slice halloumi - Drain and rinse. (Note: Halloumi is usually stored in salt water, so rinse well and pat dry to prevent it from being overly salty.) Cut into slices (about 3-4 slices per serving). You'll place the slices directly on the grill, so keep in mind that they should be large enough to fit without falling through the grill grates. (Can be done up to 2 days ahead)

  2. Marinate halloumi - Finely chop parsley. Zest lemon. Whisk together cooking oil, parsley, and lemon zest. Add halloumi slices and turn to coat. Marinate for at least 20 minutes and up to two days. (Can be done up to 2 days ahead)

  3. Make vinaigrette - Chop dill. Whisk together dill, vinegar, lemon juice, mustard, and honey. Add olive oil while whisking. Season with some salt and pepper. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)

  4. Cucumbers / Onions / Tomatoes - Prep as directed. (Can be done 1 day ahead)

  5. Olives - Drain and rinse.

  6. Beans - Drain and rinse.

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Make

  1. Heat grill to 425F / 218C degrees.

  2. Brush grates with some oil and place halloumi slices over direct heat. Sear halloumi on both sides until lightly browned and heated through, ~4 minutes per side.

  3. To assemble salads, toss together greens, cucumbers, onions, tomatoes, olives, and beans. Add vinaigrette until dressed to your liking.

  4. Divide salad between serving bowls and top each bowl with slices of warm halloumi. Enjoy!

Prep

  1. Slice halloumi - Drain and rinse. (Note: Halloumi is usually stored in salt water, so rinse well and pat dry to prevent it from being overly salty.) Cut into slices (about 3-4 slices per serving). (Can be done up to 2 days ahead)

  2. Marinate halloumi - Finely chop parsley. Zest lemon. Whisk together cooking oil, parsley, and lemon zest. Add halloumi slices and turn to coat. Marinate for at least 20 minutes and up to two days. (Can be done up to 2 days ahead)

  3. Make vinaigrette - Chop dill. Whisk together dill, vinegar, lemon juice, mustard, and honey. Add olive oil while whisking. Season with some salt and pepper. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)

  4. Cucumbers / Onions / Tomatoes - Prep as directed. (Can be done 1 day ahead)

  5. Olives - Drain and rinse.

  6. Beans - Drain and rinse.

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Make

  1. Heat a grill pan or skillet over medium heat. Brush with some oil and add halloumi slices. Sear halloumi on both sides until lightly browned and heated through, ~4 minutes per side.

  2. To assemble salads, toss together greens, cucumbers, onions, tomatoes, olives, and beans. Add vinaigrette until dressed to your liking.

  3. Divide salad between serving bowls and top each bowl with slices of warm halloumi. Enjoy!

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Reviews

Ratings

Original (27)
Gluten-free (4)
Paleo (4)
Vegetarian (9)

17 reviews

The halloumi was really good right when we took it off the heat. Once it cooled down it wasn't as great. And my kids are sloooooow eaters. :-( Otherwise, the salad was fine. But the halloumi was the main part so that brought the rating down.

By: Jennifer
Posted: Sep 21, 2022
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

love love halloumi

By: Sheila
Posted: Sep 20, 2022
Diet: Vegetarian
0 Helpful

Delicious! Filling salad that came together super quick and was loved by my meat eating husband. This is going on the make again list. Did the prep ahead of time, dinner came together in 15 minutes.

By: Ila
Posted: Sep 13, 2022
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

Used dried dill in vinaigrette. Served with grilled (on gas grill) flank steak. Cooked Halloumi in a grill pan on stove.

By: Alyssa
Posted: Sep 10, 2022
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

Also marinated the garbanzos. It made a big difference. The cheese was wildly popular.

By: Caitlin
Posted: Aug 30, 2022
Diet: Vegetarian
0 Helpful

Great summer meal!

By: Alec
Posted: Aug 27, 2022
Diet: Gluten-free
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