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Grilled Halloumi Salad

  • Serves: 6
  • Prep Time: 20 min
  • Cook Time: 15 min
  • Calories: 469
Grilled halloumi Salad with avocado, pickled onions, arugula and cherry tomatoes with a creamy basil dressing

This grilled halloumi salad recipe ticks a lot of boxes for us—it’s yummy, it’s quick, the clean up is minimal and it’s basically impossible not to love!

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This grilled halloumi salad recipe ticks a lot of boxes for us—it’s yummy, it’s quick, the clean up is minimal and it’s almost impossible not to love! Even devoted carnivores can’t deny the gloriousness that is halloumi cheese cooked directly on a grill until it’s got lovely little grill marks, a hint of a crisp outer layer and a milky, creamy, slightly oozy middle. Pop it on top of an arugula salad and dress it all with a creamy, herby basil dressing and, well, it’s hard to think of someone who would actually say “no thank you” to this stunner of a meal. Cherry tomatoes, pickled onions and grilled avocado slices (yes, grilled avocado slices!) round out a salad recipe that’s deeply satisfying and absolutely company-worthy.

ingredients for Grilled Halloumi Salad arugula, avocado, tomatoes, pickled onions, basil and panko

What Is Halloumi?

Halloumi cheese is a cheese that originated in Cyprus, and was traditionally enjoyed throughout the Mediterranean. Usually made from goat’s or sheep’s milk—or sometimes a combination of the two—it’s salty and milky, a bit like a saltier, tangier, slightly firmer version of mozzarella. It’s usually served cooked, and most often cooked by grilling, just as we do here in this delicious grilled halloumi salad. Although it’s high in saturated fat, halloumi is a terrific vegetarian source of protein and calcium, and we happen to think that this halloumi salad recipe counts as at least a kinda sorta healthy-ish vegetarian dinner, and it’s certainly healthier for the planet than having, say, a cheese burger. It’s big slabs of grilled cheese! On a salad! It’s the best meatless Monday ever.

basil, mayonnaise, sour cream, parsley, Onion powder
, Garlic powder
, Dried dill
, Salt, and basil in a food processor
creamy basil dressing in a food processor

A Few Basic Grilled Halloumi Salad Ingredients

Rich and melty, grilled halloumi cheese is easily the star of this salad recipe. But grilled avocado gives it a run for its money! A little smoky and nicely creamy, it’s a terrific addition. The two together bring a lot of heft, so a generous bed of spicy arugula is the perfect lettuce to contrast and complement all that fatty richness. Pickled red onions bring a little tangy bite to the party, too, and juicy ripe cherry tomatoes root the salad firmly in summertime (just in case all that grilling didn’t already let you know that this is a super summery salad.) As for the butter and panko? You’ll just use a little butter to toast the panko bread crumbs so that they’re extra crispy and ever so slightly warm—an ideal textural lift to a salad that’s seriously splendid. Here’s everything you’ll need to make this halloumi cheese salad recipe:

  • Halloumi

  • Avocado

  • Arugula

  • Olive oil

  • Butter

  • Panko

  • Cherry tomatoes

  • Pickled onions

panko bread crumbs toasted in butter in a skillet
Grilled halloumi and grilled avocado on a grill pan

A Creamy, Basil-y, Halloumi Salad Dressing Recipe

A fabulous salad calls for an equally stand-out salad dressing, and this rich and creamy basil dressing really fits the bill. You know that stuff we said earlier about this halloumi salad being healthy-ish? Well, with mayo AND sour cream in the halloumi salad dressing, we’d better go ahead and say that this recipe is healthy-ish with a heavy emphasis on ish. But there’s still lettuce at play, so that’s good, right? Anyway, to make this super delicious, slightly ranch-ish basil salad dressing, simply blend together:

  • 
Mayonnaise


  • Sour cream


  • Fresh basil

  • Parsley

  • Dill

  • Onion powder


  • Garlic powder


Grilled Halloumi Salad with arugula, pickled onions, avocado, tomatoes and creamy basil dressing

How To Make A Gorgeous Grilled Avocado and Halloumi Salad

There are a lot of little elements to this salad recipe—the grilling, the toasting, the dressing-making—but none of them are hard or fussy, and you can just take it one step at a time. It also doesn’t require any special kitchen tools or fiddly techniques. Just a little time and attention to yield a truly elegant, indulgent grilled halloumi salad. Here’s how to make it:

  1. Fire up the grill!

  2. Brush the halloumi and avocado slices with olive oil.

  3. Grill the halloumi and avocado just until they get grill marks—a couple of minutes per side. They don’t actually need to be cooked, grilling just adds a nice smoky flavor and gets the cheese melting a bit, so you get to take a break from worrying about reaching a particular internal temp.

  4. Make the basil dressing!

  5. Toast the panko in a bit of butter until it’s crisp and golden brown.

  6. Assemble the grilled halloumi salad and serve right away, while the cheese is warm and slightly oozy.

Grilled Halloumi Salad with arugula, pickled onions, avocado, tomatoes and creamy basil dressing

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Grilled Halloumi Salad with arugula, pickled onions, avocado, tomatoes and creamy basil dressing
Grilled halloumi Salad with avocado, pickled onions, arugula and cherry tomatoes with a creamy basil dressing

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Grilled Halloumi Salad

  • Serves: 6
  • Prep Time: 20 min
  • Cook Time: 15 min
  • Calories: 469

Ingredients

  • 8 oz Halloumi, 1/2 inch sliced
  • 1 Large avocado, 1/2 inch sliced
  • Olive oil
  • 3 tbsp Butter
  • 1 cup Panko bread crumbs
  • 5 oz Arugula
  • 1 pint Cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/2 cup Pickled onions

Creamy Basil Dressing

  • 1/3 cup Mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup Sour cream
  • 1/2 tsp Dried parsley (or 2 tsp fresh)
  • 1/2 tsp Onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp Garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp Dried dill
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • 1/4 cup Fresh basil, packed (2/3 oz)
  • 1 tbsp Milk, if needed

Method

  1. Preheat a grill pan or outdoor grill to medium heat.
  2. Brush the halloumi and avocado slices with olive oil. Place the avocado and halloumi on the grill until char marks appear, about 2 to 3 minutes each side.
  3. Meanwhile make the dressing by combining all the ingredients in a small food processor and blending until smooth. Add milk only if needed for consistency.
  4. In a medium skillet, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the panko to the butter and cook, tossing often until browned, about 4-5 minutes.
  5. Place the arugula on a large platter. Add the tomatoes and onions. Sprinkle with the panko. Layer on the avocado and halloumi then drizzle with dressing.

Nutrition Info

  • Per Serving
  • Amount
  • Calories 469
  • Protein 15 g
  • Carbohydrates 28 g
  • Total Fat 34 g
  • Dietary Fiber 4 g
  • Cholesterol 46 mg
  • sodium 796 mg
  • Added Sugars 5 g

Grilled Halloumi Salad

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