Halloumi is an unusual cheese that keeps its shape when fried or grilled. It has numerous health benefits, and is said to especially benefit osteoporosis sufferers due to its calcium content. It is also right up there when it comes to light, nutritious cheeses that you can enjoy as a main course – or as part of a Summer / BBQ buffet. Most of all – Halloumi Cheese has a unique flavour that must be tasted. Once you try you will come back to again and again!

Halloumi Salad with Warm Vegetables in this picture. Recipe on thegoodista.com

Vegetarian Yum Recipe

Recipe – Halloumi and Warm Vegetable Salad:

This recipe came about when we were looking for ways to use up half an aubergine, zucchini, and baby spinach. We took one look at our Halloumi – the rest is food history. We just loved the zingy tastes of sweet tomato, salty melted Halloumi cheese, earthy Aubergine and fresh lemon on a bed of spinach and ruccola salad. To add a bit of crunch we sprinkled pine nuts – which added another mediterranean flavour flair. Enjoy, and share this dish with friends via the internet or at your dinner table. 

Halloumi & Warm Vegetable Salad
Serves 4
Halloumi cheese grilled, melted on top of warm vegetables full of mediterranean sun - in a light lemon, balsamic dressing with pine nuts as added flavour crunch. Total success with guests, and a vegetarian show stopper!
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
30 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
30 min
372 calories
17 g
53 g
28 g
17 g
12 g
332 g
336 g
8 g
0 g
14 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving
Calories 372
Calories from Fat 243
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 28g
Saturated Fat 12g
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 5g
Monounsaturated Fat 9g
Cholesterol 53mg
Sodium 336mg
Total Carbohydrates 17g
Dietary Fiber 6g
Sugars 8g
Protein 17g
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  1. 200 gram Halloumi Cheese
  2. 2 Tomatoes
  3. 1 Onion
  4. 1/2 Aubergine
  5. 1 Zucchini (small)
  6. 50 grams Baby Spinach
  7. 50 grams Rocket / Ruccola
  8. 1 Garlic clove
  9. 1 tsp salbal oelek or 1 small chilli (optional)
  10. 1 Lemon (use peel + juice)
  11. 2 tsp Balsamic Vinegar
  12. 2 Tsp Olive Oil (1 Tsp for vegetable frying and 1 Tsp for the dressing)
  13. 50 grams Pine Nuts
Cheese Preparation
  1. Slice your Halloumi Cheese into approx 1 cm thick slices, and set aside on an olive oil coated plate. You will only pan fry these just before serving, so leave them for now.
  1. Throw your Pine Nuts into a dry frying pan, tossing them until golden. Only add a little salt towards the end. Set aside the nuts until assembly time.
  2. Cut your Aubergine, Zucchini, and Onion into bite size bits.
  3. Also - cut your Tomatoes but don't use them until recipe says 🙂
  4. Peel your Lemon, and save the peel, and squeeze the juice into a small container.
  5. Add 1 crushed garlic, and 1 Tsp of Olive Oil, to the frying pan, and lightly pan fry the vegetables (Aubergine, Zucchini and Onion) until soft.
  6. Add the Lemon peel and Tomatoes and cook for one more minute only.
  7. Set aside your vegetable mix until your cheese is done (see below)
  1. Mix Salt, Pepper, Chilli, Lemon Juice, Balsamic Vinegar and Olive Oil - and set aside until assembly time.
Cheese Time
  1. Fry your Halloumi on both sides until crusty golden.
  1. Take a large serving plate and cover with raw Spinach and Ruccola.
  2. Quickly heat up your vegetable mix, and add them to the green salad bed.
  3. Add the Halloumi - drizzle the dressing on top.
  4. As a final touch - sprinkle your pine nuts over the warm salad,
  5. Serve as fast as you can and eat while cheese is still hot and vegetables warm as the mediterranean sun. Enjoy!
  1. If you want to add to this dish - please feel free. Quinoa, or Bulgur, would make it a full-on dinner, and carrots or pumpkin could be nice additions too - if you wish to make it sweeter. Endless variety, and so simple as a healthy combination to enjoy as an every day dinner or to impress guests.
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