Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Quick Halloumi Salad

This weekend was in large spent getting our balcony ready for the summer months. Being lucky enough to have a pretty sizable outdoor space (by no means a terrace, but a pretty big balcony for Toronto standards!) we are growing tomatoes, and an array of herbs (chives, oregano and thyme are happily blossoming as we speak). Living in a crowded urban centre and working indoors most of the time, it's nice to set up a space that will help you spend as much time as possible outdoors. With a glass of fresh watermelon juice and a book (I'm currently reading Alyssa Shelasky's Apron Anxiety) we enjoyed our first real spring day of the year.


With less time to dedicate to the kitchen this weekend - shocking I know! - this halloumi salad was the quickest and most delicious substitute to a full-fledged meal. The salty, golden-brown halloumi mixed with an oozy egg and some peppery greens was exactly the dish that this newly discovered gardener was in the mood for!

Quick Halloumi Salad
Serves 2

6 1/4 inch thick slices of halloumi cheese
3 cups arugula
2 eggs
1 tsp vegetable oil
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp lemon juice
Salt and freshly ground pepper

Add slices of halloumi cheese to a warm non-stick pan on medium heat (with no added fat). Cook the halloumi for about 2 minutes on each side, or until golden brown. Set aside. Add vegetable oil to pan and crack the two eggs into the pan. Season with a pinch of salt and pepper.

In the meantime divide the arugula between two plates. In a small bowl whisk olive oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper. Drizzle over arugula and top with halloumi cheese and sunny-side-up egg.

19 comments:

Naptown Cycle Style said...

This looks so yummy (and simple)! I've been on a salad kick lately and this would give me some variety.

Chocolate Shavings said...

Naptown Cycle Style: Halloumi is definitely a great way to do that - I hope you try it out!

Hillary said...

Hi Chocolate Shavings!
Your Halloumi Salad looks tasty
You can submit your Halloumi Salad pics on http://www.foodporn.net It is a food photography site where members can submit all food pictures that make readers hungry :)
I am already hungry to see your Halloumi Salad photo btw, LOL

ChichaJo said...

This is exactly the type of salad I would love! Halloumi is great but not very available over here...I like all salads that have got a fried egg on it though! :)

Stefania B. said...

I want a breakfast like this one!! looks delicious.

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

A wonderful salad! I love halloumi, but it is so difficult to find it here.

Cheers,

Rosa

Miss Meat and Potatoes said...

I heart halloumi and your salad and picture are divine.

Rebecca Subbiah said...

lovely salad and having time outside is so therapeutic so agree thanks so much for visiting my blog

:-) Rebecca

Krispie said...

I need to put more salad in my diet.. Ive always been meat and potatoes kind of person, but as I get older I am realizing greens are important.

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Anonymous said...

For those of you who can't find Halloumi, try getting the harder blocks of Feta and fry those. Different, but still delicious.

Ben said...

I'm so jealous. I don't have any outdoor space in Mexico City. That's the price of living in a big city... Great salad!

Paula @ Vintage Kitchen Notes said...

So many things going on in your balcony! Enjoy the good weather and a great halloumi

Junglefrog said...

Looks delicious. I am in love with halloumi. Just totally love the salty stuff. This salad looks pretty good to me!

Chocolate Shavings said...

Junglefrog: I couldn't agree more!

Jamie said...

After living in 2 apartments with neither yard, balcony nor terrace, we promised ourselves that the next would have one or the other just so we could grow a few veg or herbs; no such luck. New apartment, no place for pots. Lucky you! And we love simple meals like this, they really are the mainstay of our week.

Miss T said...

ooo, I LOVE HALOUMI! we call it squeeky cheese at home (no, we dont have children - this is two adults screaming squeeky cheese! squeeky cheese!)

Chocolate Shavings said...

Miss T: It's definitely one of the most squeaky cheeses out there!

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