Strawberry and Arugula Salad with Grilled Halloumi

WOW!

Seriously guys… WOW!

If I had to summarize this salad in one single word, this would most definitely be the one.

It can’t be defined quite so simply, though, I’m afraid. For you see, this was not just a mere salad. Sure, it was a meal made of fresh greens and veggies, fruits, nuts and cheese. Although I agree that, in essence, this IS pretty much what constitutes a salad, this dish right here was much more than that.

This was a high level multi-sensory experience.

This was pure bliss.

Strawberry Arugula and Grilled Halloumi Salad | by Sonia! The Healthy Foodie

This salad was so good that I had to have it twice in the same week. And I would’ve gladly repeated the experience once or twice again if I had had more of that delicious cheese…

But I had only purchased a tiny little piece, for you see, this was my first time trying halloumi and I was not convinced that I was gonna like it.

Far from there…

Oh, I had read time and time again about this fantastic cheese that won’t melt when heated, not even when you throw it on a grill!

Really?

Although I was curious, I was also highly skeptical and sort of imagined that it would be very similar to tofu in taste and texture. And as much as I appreciate tofu (really, I do!), I’m not sure that its blandish taste and extra firm texture is kind of what I am looking for in a good piece of cheese.

But boy was I in for a surprise. Cold, halloumi isn’t all that impressive. It’s firm, it’s salty… that’s about where it ends.

But throw it in a pan, let it form a nice golden crust and get all comfy and warm on the interior?  Oh my… it becomes… it becomes… be still my heart!

Strawberry Arugula and Grilled Halloumi Salad | by Sonia! The Healthy Foodie

Let’s just say I am hooked. Totally HOOKED!

Especially now that I have tried it on this particular salad.

If like me you are a fan of sweet and salty, let me tell you, YOU ARE IN FOR A TREAT! But please, whatever you do, do not pass on the vanilla. This, in my opinion, is what truly made the salad.

The contrast between the sweetness of the vanilla and strawberries and the distinct saltiness of the cheese coupled with the opposing temperatures of the cold salad and warm cheese just totally blew my taste buds’ mind. Add all the differences in textures to this equation and you get this overload of conflicting information that will send your brain straight to seventh heaven with every bite!

BOOM! Just like that. 

Strawberry Arugula and Grilled Halloumi Salad | by Sonia! The Healthy FoodieStrawberry Arugula and Grilled Halloumi Salad | by Sonia! The Healthy Foodie

Sorry guys… I got a bit carried away. Can you tell I really love my food?

But seriously, in all honesty, this salad was probably better than candy to me.

Probably even better than a piece of cake…

I can guarantee you one thing: I WILL be buying halloumi again.

Oh, I so can’t wait for summer to get here so I can throw some on the grill!

OMG, YUM! I’m thinking halloumi, chicken and peach brochettes.

Or maybe halloumi, lamb and plum? Served on a bed of quinoa and wild rice with a little bit of fresh mint…

Please, please, please, tell me… is it summer yet?

Strawberry and Arugula Salad with Grilled Halloumi

Yield: Serves 1

Strawberry and Arugula Salad with Grilled Halloumi

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 cups arugula
  • 10 large strawberries, sliced
  • 5 button mushrooms, thinly sliced
  • A few thin slices of red onion
  • 80g halloumi cheese, in ¼” thick slices
  • 10g raw, unstalted pistachios, roughly chopped
  • Vinaigrette
  • 2 tbsp pasteurized egg whites
  • 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp liquid honey
  • 1 tps pure vanilla extract
  • Pinch Himalayan or fine sea salt
  • Few grinds freshly cracked black pepper

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Preheat a small non-stick pan over medium-high heat and cook halloumi cheese until a nice golden crust forms on each side, about 1-2 minutes per side.
  2. Meanwhile, in a small food processor or blender, mix all the ingredients of the dressing and process until smooth and well combined. Set aside.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, add arugula, strawberries , mushrooms and red onions; pour in dressing and mix until all is very well incorporated.
  4. Transfer to a serving plate, top with grilled halloumi cheese and sprinkle pistachio all over.
  5. Enjoy immediately while cheese is still nice and warm.
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Strawberry Arugula and Grilled Halloumi Salad | by Sonia! The Healthy Foodie

Strawberry Arugula and Grilled Halloumi Salad | by Sonia! The Healthy Foodie

Strawberry Arugula and Grilled Halloumi Salad | by Sonia! The Healthy Foodie

Strawberry Arugula and Grilled Halloumi Salad | by Sonia! The Healthy Foodie

 

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Comments

    • says

      Halloumi and olives? Hmmmm… that must be wonderful. I need to create some sort of a warm Greek salad with grilled halloumi, kalamata olives and chunks of chicken.

      Ooooh, how I need my grill! :) I’ll definitely check your recipe out. Love the idea of honey and halloumi too! Yummers!

  1. says

    What a beautiful salad and I can just imagine the delightful taste coming from every juicy bite. Halloumi is a beaut and I love how you’ve grilled it here for extra pleasure ;-). This is a *wow* for sure!

  2. Corinne says

    This salad sounds absolutely YUM! However, I have a question, what are pasteurised egg whites? I don’t think they are available in Australia. Will ordinary egg whites do? Or, could I substitute extra virgin olive oil?

    Love your blog.

    • says

      You could use plain egg whites, Corinne. It’s just that some people are concerned with the bacteria that could potentially be present in raw egg whites, but if that is not a concern for you, then there’s no need to go with the pasteurized stuff! And extra virgin olive oil would be a very good option indeed! :)

  3. says

    Great recipe! Grilled halloumi is one of the favorite dishes here in Cyprus. It can be grilled/fried in a pan or under the grill in the oven but for best results and a fuller flavor try grilling it over a charcoal barbeque.

    Many of customers ask for halloumi to be sold on our website but unfortunately it needs refrigeration hence it is a difficult product to ship interantionally.

  4. says

    I meant to comment on this recipe ages ago, but as I was going back through salad recipes for summer, I remembered to come back and say how amazing this salad is. I made it exactly by the recipe, and was blown away by how flavorful and satisfying it was. I can’t wait to make it again! Thank you for sharing! :)

    • says

      Hey, better late than never, Rachel! I appreciate your taking the time to leave this awesome feedback. And now you are making me want some of that salad, too. I remember it being pretty much as you described it… Glad you liked it, too! :)

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  1. […] Strawberry and Arugula Salad with Grilled Halloumi – The halloumi cheese used in this doesn’t add so much fat to make this an unhealthy salad. Plus it gives you protein, and gives your taste buds something to enjoy. You’re getting antioxidants from the strawberries, phytonutrients from the arugula, and the cheese is grilled, not fried. The pistachios provide a nice crunch and also the benefit of a healthy nut. […]

  2. […] Strawberry and Arugula Salad with Grilled Halloumi – The halloumi cheese used in this doesn’t add so much fat to make this an unhealthy salad. Plus it gives you protein, and gives your taste buds something to enjoy. You’re getting antioxidants from the strawberries, phytonutrients from the arugula, and the cheese is grilled, not fried. The pistachios provide a nice crunch and also the benefit of a healthy nut. […]

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