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Grilled Haloumi and Fresh Herb Salad

Haloumi is a semi-hard cheese, usually made from sheep’s milk (sometimes with goat and/or cow’s milk too) that can be grilled. Warm cheese in a salad is amazing. You must try. This was probably my favourite salad from #saladweek. Serves 4 as a side or 2 as a light starter salad.
Course: Appetizer, Salad, Side Dish
Diet: Gluten Free, Vegetarian
Keyword: cheese, corn-free, egg-free, fast, mint, nut-free, soy-free, vegetables
Servings: 2 starter salads
Author: ness


  • 8 ounces haloumi cheese (sliced 1/4" thick)
  • 1 medium zucchini (cut in 1/4" thick slices)
  • 2 cups arugula
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro leaves
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley (roughly chopped)
  • 2 sprigs fresh mint (leaves rough chopped)
  • Canola oil
  • Flaked sea salt and pepper to taste
  • Sumac and sesame seeds for garnish (optional)


  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 garlic clove minced
  • 1 teaspoon white wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon canola oil


  • Preheat grill pan to medium high heat. Lightly brush zucchini with oil and grill on each side for 1 to 2 minutes until lightly browned grill marks appear. Set aside. Lightly brush haloumi slices with oil and grill on each side for 1 to 2 minutes, until lightly browned grill marks appear.
  • Meanwhile, combine dressing ingredients in large mixing bowl. Add a small pinch of salt and pepper to taste. Add arugula and fresh herbs and toss to combine. Add grilled zucchini and haloumi and gently mix to combine. Divide the salad between plates, making sure to evenly distribute the cheese. Garnish with sesame seeds, and sumac if desired. Serve immediately.
Sumac is a middle Eastern spice that tastes like lemon. Optional of course, but totally delicious if you can get it.