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Grilled Halloumi salad with herby chickpeas

on 27/02/2009


It was a long time ago that I had grilled halloumi.

I just love this white, salty cheese. It originates from Cyprus. Originally, it is made from a mixture of sheep & goat’s milk. But in the supermarkets in Brussels & Belgium, you find that it is made from a mix of cow’s, sheep & goat’s milk. But I prefer the mix from sheep & goat’s milk. It has a better flavour.
You can do a lot with halloumi. You can grill or fry it because it will hold his shape during cooking. It has a high melting point. It is lovely in salads, grilled to put in a sandwich with hummus, fried & served alongside vegetables, etc.
In the hot summer, Cypriots like to eat grilled halloumi with watermelon.
Printable Recipe
Recipe: for 2 persons, with a bit of seconds
2 x 400 gr cans of organic chickpeas, overflown with water & well-drained
275 gr of halloumi cheese, cut into 0,5 cm slices
100 gr of fresh young salad leaves, with spinach leaves & rucola in it
12 cherry tomatoes, cut in half
100 black or Kalamata olives, pitted or not
* For the dressing:
1 tablespoon of fresh lemon juice
1 fat clove of garlic, peeled & squeezed
2 tablespoons of olive oil
2 or 3 drizzles of superior light soy sauce
black pepper, grinned
sea salt, grinned
20 gr of fresh coriander leaves, cleaned & finely cut
20 gr of fresh italian flat leaf parsley, cleaned & finely cut up
1. Take a large bowl & place the drained chickpeas in it. Add the chopped up flat leaf parsley & the chopped up coriander. Mix with a spoon.
2. Make the dressing. Take a little jam pot & place the lemon juice, squeezed garlic, a few grinds of black pepper, some grinned sea salt, not too much because the cheese is salty & you do not want it too be overloaded with salt & the olive oil & a few drizzles of the soy sauce. Put the lid tight on the jam pot. Now, shake the pot up & down to combine the ingredients & flavours. Taste! If necessary, add some sea salt, pepper or soy sauce.
3. Take your grill pan & heat up on high.
4. Mix the dressing with the chickpeas in the bowl. Mix well.
5. Brush a bit of olive oil on each slice of halloumi.
6. When the griddle pan is hot, place the halloumi slices in the grill pan. Place them the way that you will have horizontal stripes on your cheese. That looks so pretty! Brush the upside with olive oil. Grill them for 1,5 to 2 minutes per side.
7. Take your plates & plate up. Lay a bed of fresh leaves in the middle of your plate. Place 3 larger leaves of spinach on the outer skirts in a triangle, that will look pretty! Add a few tablespoons of the chickpeas mix on the top of the salad leaves. Add cherry tomatoes halves on the outside of the plate, 4 or 5 on each plate. In the spaces in between, add the olives, about 5 or 6 per plate. Now, add 4 slices of the grilled halloumi upwards on the salad.
Mmmmm….. Enjoy!!!

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95 responses to “Grilled Halloumi salad with herby chickpeas

  1. Annie says:

    This looks as a lovely & yummie salad!! Thanks, Sophie!!

  2. I’m going to look for some halloumi – it sounds marvelous!

  3. zerrin says:

    I can imagine how halloumi and water melon go very well with raki. Cheers!

  4. Anonymous says:

    This looks delicious. I have been wanting to try Halloumi.

  5. Sara says:

    oops, I’m the anonymous. Sometimes my fingers are too quick for my brain 🙂

  6. Oh, you know I love cheese! What a yummy salad with that grilled Halloumi.

  7. Clotilde says:

    This is just a salad for me, mmmmmmm…..!!!

  8. Fantastic! I could eat that gorgeous salad any time! Really tempting! Nice presentation…Cheers,Rosa

  9. Maggie says:

    Halloumi and chickpeas sound wonderful together!

  10. Esi says:

    I love halloumi. This salad looks fantastic

  11. Kevin says:

    Grilled halloumi i so good and it would go great in this salad!

  12. Juliana says:

    This looks great! Such a wonderful combination.

  13. Daily Spud says:

    Mmm. I adore halloumi. I adore chickpeas. This sounds like a salad I would like. A lot. 🙂

  14. MeetaK says:

    i love the slightly salty taste of halloumi cheese and i can really imagine it pairing well with the salad! yum!

  15. Carolyn says:

    I was at the Ritz in Miami Beach yesterday and had this for the first time. Really good. I wonder if they sell it around here.

  16. mmmm i adore halloumi, especially grilled in burgers 🙂 thanks for visiting my blog. you post some delicious meals here. it’s half an hour to midnight and suddenly, i’m all ravenous! 🙂

  17. Helene says:

    I never tried halloumi but I should. This looks so yummy.

  18. Olga says:

    At first I thought it said halibut :)The salad looks awesome!

  19. Again your read my mind (or my stomach) Sophie and make one of my favourite dishes. I love halloumi (I can eat so much grilled halloumi).

  20. I love your innovative recipes, and I love making new discoveries on your site! I had never heard of halloumi before, but the grilled version is a beautiful vision!

  21. Donna-FFW says:

    Your recipes are so intriguing. I love how creative you are. Its always fun to visit and see what youre cooking up!

  22. Koko says:

    Ive never tried that type of cheese before-looks great!-Koko

  23. Pam says:

    This looks like a terrific salad – the cheese is perfectly cooked.

  24. This sounds delicious. I love chickpeas, especially well seasoned ones. Can’t wait to try it.

  25. This looks great and really healthy. I will be sure to share this with my friends!

  26. This looks delicious. I love vegetarian dishes that were intended to be vegetarian – it’s so much more satisfying to be able to offer vegetarian guests a dish like this than a veggie burger that looks like a hockey puck.

  27. Talita says:

    Gorgeous! That looks really tasteful!

  28. jordan says:

    Wow, I definitely have to try this halloumi stuff! It sounds like something I'd love!

  29. Lisa says:

    I'm really starting to dig the haloumi cheese, and your uses of it make my mouth water! Wishing you and your family the happiest and healthiest New Year!

  30. ~~louise~~ says:

    Me too, I'll be checking for Halloumi on my next shopping spree…

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