Halloumi Salad with Orange and Mint

This salad with grilled Halloumi, orange segments, mint leaves and walnuts is a great Vegetarian alternative. Radishes, red onions and avocado can also be added-but keep it simple and enjoy the flavours.

Halloumi is a Greek semi-hard white cheese that originates from the island of Cyprus. It is made from a mixture of unpasteurised goat’s milk and sheep’s milk.

The cheese has a layered texture (similar to Mozzarella) and a salty flavour. It is stored in its own juices with added salt. Traditionally mint leaves were used as a preservative and to enhance the flavour and Halloumi is often garnished with mint leaves. With a high melting point, this versatile cheese can easily be grilled or fried, as it softens but does not melt and retains its shape beautifully. When it is cooked, the saltiness fades into a strong savoury flavour.

 A delicious salad with grilled Halloumi, orange segments, mint leaves and walnuts and also makes a great Vegetarian alternative.

Ingredients

  • 1 x 250 g Halloumi cheese
  • 3 Oranges, segmented
  • 1 small bunch of Mint leaves, chopped
  • 50 g walnuts, toasted
  • Mixed greens (Rocket, Watercress and baby Spinach)
  • Orange Vinaigrette Citrus Vinaigrette

Method

1. Toss the orange segments and mint leaves together gently in the orange vinaigrette dressing. Add the toasted walnuts and salad leaves to the orange and mint, and then toss together.

2. Slice each block of Halloumi into 8-10 pieces. Heat a large griddle pan over high heat, then griddle or fry for 1-2 mins on each side until charred and beginning to melt. (This can also be done on the braai.)

3. Top the salad with the griddled Halloumi slices and season with more black pepper.

4. Sprinkle with Orange Vinaigrette just before serving or use a small jugful on the side.

5. Serve with toasted Greek pita bread or Greek olive bread.

TIP

Radishes, red onion and avocado can also be added but keep it simple and enjoy the flavours.

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