A summer salad with pan-fried haloumi

April 21, 2011

Haloumi salad

For at least a portion of the day you don’t need a jacket. It’s summer. Officially!! This week’s cucumber seems perfect. I used it as part of a salad to go with some panfried  haloumi. Haloumi, if you’re not familiar with it, is a Cypriot cheese you cook. It can be grilled but I find a light dusting of seasoned flour then a minute or two on a lightly oiled pan til golden is the best way forward. It’s extremely delish but there’s a catch – you have to eat it pretty much straight away (one of the reasons you won’t find it on restaurant menus). It goes tough otherwise. It also squeaks in your mouth which is a big selling point in our house. The salad you eat with it is a moveable feast. Simple and green works well especially as we have such lovely baby leaves from the Healys. I made one with fennel, grated carrot, cucumber very salty greek olives. Very tasty but don’t hang about, it’s best straight off the pan.

A summer salad with pan-fried haloumi

You’ll need:

1 block of haloumi cheese sut into about 7 or 8 slices

1 heaped tablespoon flour generously seasoned with salt and pepper

1 bulb fennel (roughly 300gr) trimmed and finely chopped

1 large carrot grated

Half cucumber cut into chunks

1/2 bunch scallions washed, trimmed and chopped

1 good handful of black olives torn

2 large handfuls salad leaves – whatever you fancy

For the dressing:

3 tablespoons olive oil

1 tablespoon red wine vinegar

A scant teaspoon honey

First of all prepare the veg then toss everything together in a bowl and set aside. Make the dressing by mixing the oil, vinegar and honey together with a pinch of salt. Taste and add a little more vinegar if you think it needs. You want a bit of sharpness to cut through the cheese. When you’re ready to eat, dress the salad then heat a little oil in a pan. Dip the haloumi into the flour, shake off any excess then pan fry for about 2 minutes on each side until golden. Serve the cheese on top of or beside the salad and (hopefully!!) eat in the sunshine.

Have a great weekend,


One Response to “A summer salad with pan-fried haloumi”

  1. Jingle Says:

    awesome..looks lovely in sight…
    what a treat.

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