21 September 2009

Halloumi Salad with Balsamic Tomatoes



This is my entry for this month's No Croutons Required.

It should have been submitted last night, but as I was out having fun, Lisa kindly said I could submit it today, if I got it in before she posted the line-up.

Thanks Lisa.







Halloumi Salad with Balsamic Tomatoes


salad
1 - 2 tbsp sunflower oil
1 block halloumi cheese, sliced
seasoned flour (I seasoned some plain flour with black pepper and cayenne pepper)
4 new potatoes, thickly sliced
20 baby plum tomatoes
2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
a selection of salad leaves and herbs


dressing
2 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
1 tsp wholegrain mustard
a good grind of black pepper


Boil the sliced potatoes until just becoming tender, do not overcook or they will fall apart when sauteed.

While the potatoes are cooking, assemble your salad leaves and herbs onto 4 plates, then whip up your dressing, using the ingredients listed.

In another pan, dry fry the tomatoes until they split, then pour over the balsamic vinegar and toss around for a couple of minutes.

Dry off the potatoes and then saute until golden in a little of the sunflower oil.

Dip the sliced halloumi into the seasoned flour and then fry in a little oil until each side is golden

Assemble the salad and drizzle with a little of the dressing.

Serves 4
















This is not a diet salad, but then again, when have I ever shown that kind of tendency? It is amazingly delicious. Definitely a hearty salad that will impress.

And the decorating? Don't ask! We have painted the hallway and two bedrooms, but we still have the woodwork to do. That sounds not too bad, does it? But, then nothing is where it should be and to top it all off, we have had a leak from the under the bath which has made it's way into the kitchen, so more repairs and decorating.

Please someone offer me a home, so I can have some calm until it is finished and tidy again.

25 comments:

  1. I love fried halloumi.

    Your salad looks so tasty & delicious with that yummie dressing!!

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  2. Thanks Sophie, I adore halloumi too!

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  3. Adore halloumi! Have only ever had it grilled though. Can see that changing. :)

    Best of luck with the decorating.

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  4. Halloumi. Mmmmmm. Always good, no matter what.

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  5. I've never had halloumi but really want to try it. This salad looks and sounds hearty and delicious.

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  6. Jacqueline, you know Halloumi always makes me perk up...love the salad...all hail Cypriot cheese!

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  7. I love halloumi much too much already - and this looks absolutely fantastic. Mmm. My mouth is watering now! (Sadly my hubby is not a fan, of halloumi or of salad... so will probably have to wait until he's away)

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  8. WHOA!!!! That salad look amazing! I would love that for dinner tonight!

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  9. What a great combo! The first time I ever had halloumi was in London and I couldn't believe I had gone my whole life without it. Love the potatoes in there too.

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  10. I love absolutely EVERYTHINGabout this salad!!!!!

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  11. The salad looks great. Must've been a great show to see. I haven't had the chance to see Paint it Black yet. Were you a fan of Dan's other bands Kid Dynamite or Lifetime? I did have the chance to see Kid Dynamite.

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  12. looks like great fun and a great salad - I have recipes for roast potato and haloumi but this looks quicker and every bit as delicious with the juicy tomato

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  13. Yay Philadelphia. That's where I grew up.

    Any salad with golden slices of potato is all right with me. It looks delicious. (I wouldn't be able to have the cheese but the rest looks great!)

    Are you finished decorating? You should post photos of the results!

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  14. halloumi is my favorite!! especially in salads!

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  15. yum - halloumi and balsamic tomatoes. Heathen that I am I'd be tempted to put it between two bits of lovely french stick!!!

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  16. sounds lovely, then anything with halloumi does!:)

    hope you can see the end of the dark home decorating/improving tunnel, you really deserve both good food and fun happenings with that going on!

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  17. Thanks Wendy :)

    I'm with you there Duo Dishes :)

    You must try it Pam, it would be love at first taste! I have never known anyone to not enjoy it.

    Indeed Peter, all hail!

    How could your hubby not like it Rachel? That is a sad state of affairs, especially if it means you miss out too.

    It was lovely Jenn and got a big thumbs up from Graham.

    I felt the same, the fist time I tried it Dana. It was in a bar that was of great repute, but didn't have anything much vegetarian wise on the menu. The chef came out to chat to us and suggested making a dish with Halloumi. I am eternally grateful :)

    I am pleased to hear you say that Val :)

    Hi TB, the gig was brilliant. The support came from Corpses, who I found a bit samey and boring and Ceremony, whom I enjoyed. I have listened to Kid Dynamite, but I don't think I ever had any Lifetime.

    Hi Johanna, it was just a plate full of loveliness :)

    Hi Andrea, shame about the cheese, but it would still be very tasty! The decorating hasn't been exciting at all, just a freshen up, although from all the time it takes, you wouldn't think so. Still got woodwork to go. The light it too poor to make a job in the evening after work, so we are stuck trying to finish it at weekends.

    Hi KMS me too!

    Oh yeah, CC, putting this salad in a crusty bread sandwich would be fantastic. All the lovely balsamic dressing would soak into the sandwich. Mmmmmmm!

    Oh thanks Pia. I really want to see the end of it!

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  18. I adore halloumi. Seriously adore it!

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  19. I never ate halloumi but your salad looks too good, Jac:)

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  20. I'm so curious about halloumi as I'd never even heard of it before beginning to blog! Looks delicious.

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  21. It is delcious and seriously addictive Pam :)

    Thanks Shri :)

    Hi Ricki, halloumi is delicious. When sauted it is crisp on the outside and soft in the middle, with a bit of chew to it.

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  22. Better late than never, which is what I always say when it comes to food. I have not had halloumi yet but have been meaning to try it!

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  23. This salad looks so good! The fried Halloumi and potatoes sound especially good, and paired with the tomatoes yum!! Hope your house gets back into order soon.

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  24. that looks so good, i love halloumi!

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  25. Try it, try it, Joanne :)

    Thanks Ashley, I am getting there :)

    Thank you Twins :)

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