I forget when I started making Halloumi salads, but they’ve been a part of my summer food repertoire for the past two years. Last summer, my friends Carly and Rachel and I made a grapefruit Halloumi salad for lunch one day. We wanted to use the grill at Carly’s apartment but there was a problem with the gas, so we ended up moving production inside.
Halloumi tastes great grilled. But the good news is, it’s also delicious fried. I don’t have a grill at my apartment so whenever I decide to make the salad, I throw some olive oil into a pan and fry the Halloumi until it’s golden brown.
When I made the salad this week for dinner, I struck Halloumi gold. The slices were perfectly brown on the outside and gooey on the inside. Usually I end up burning a couple pieces so I considered this an achievement.
I’ve been Shazaming a lot of songs lately. Here’s one I heard the other day in H&M.
Halloumi Spinach Salad with Grapefruit and Avocado (from me, to you)
Halloumi cheese, sliced into 1/4 inch thin pieces
1 tbsp olive oil
1 avocado, sliced thin
1 large grapefruit, peeled and segmented
1 handful of spinach
1/4 cup sliced toasted almonds
juice of half a lemon
pinch of Maldon sea salt
Heat the olive oil in a pan over medium-high heat. When it’s hot, add the Halloumi cheese slices and fry until each side is golden brown. Remove the cheese slices and let cool slightly on a plate with a paper towel.
Top the handful of spinach with the Halloumi slices, sliced avocado, grapefruit segments, toasted almonds and lemon juice. Sprinkle on a pinch of Maldon sea salt and pepper. Enjoy!