tomato salad with fried halloumi & pita croutons

tomato sald with fried halloumi & pita croutons

This is kind of a mash up of a Greek salad with a panzanella where the fried halloumi replaces the feta and pita makes up the bread component. It’s pretty tasty. I mean when is fried cheese not tasty? I haven’t had fried halloumi for quite a while because of the high calorie scare, but this squeeky cheese is rather delicious. It needs a good dose of acid – like lemon juice or vinegar to break through and give it zing. The tomatoes worked perfectly to balance things out too.

fried halloumi for my tomato sald with pita croutons

I find myself once again with a few leftover odds and ends after a very big TV shoot last week, so in my attempt to combat food waste, I’m scraping together meals I might not normally have done. I’m also starting to feel like I’ve made everything on this blog. It’s been just short of 9 years of blogging so I think there are about 7 or 8 hundred recipe here. Maybe even more. That on top of two cookbooks and various commissioned projects, I sometimes need to dig a little deeper to think of ideas. There is also a list of recipes I have somehow omitted along the way, like gnocchi, and I need to address those too. If you are a regular reader of this blog, is there anything you would like to see me do more of? Please let me know, I would love your feedback.

tomato sald with fried halloumi & pita croutons

So this salad is really more of an idea rather than a recipe. For the dressing I just used red wine vinegar, olive oil, Maldon salt, chopped oregano and black pepper, but my favourite vinaigrette would work well here too. I squeezed lemon juice over the freshly fried halloumi too.

Have everything made before you do the final step and fry the Halloumi. It goes really quickly and is best served straight away while warm and still soft.

I made the pita croutons out of wholewheat pita because I love the nutty flavour and simply tore it into rough pieces. I brushed it with a mix of olive oil, dried oregano, salt and pepper before roasting it in a 180C / 350 F oven until it just started to go brown around he edges but was still fairly soft.

To fry the halloumi use a lower grade olive or sunflower oil and heat enough to just cover the base of your pan. When its sizzling, carefully lay your cheese slices in and watch as they brown very quickly. Turn and allow the other side to brown. Be carefull as things can get quite splattery here. 

This salad was made up of halved and quartered vine tomatoes, cucumber and sliced red onions. Toss the salad with the dressing of your choice, the pita croutons and a sprinkle of finely chopped oregano and then place your hot pieces of fried halloumi on top at the end.

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6 Responses to tomato salad with fried halloumi & pita croutons

  1. Svetlana Doneva October 12, 2016 at 12:28 pm #

    Hi Alida,

    I love your blog and have made so many of your recipes, I have never had a flop. I also own your first cookbook and I really enjoy it. From a completely personal point of view (because you asked for suggestions!) I would ask for some lightened up everyday recipes. For example, if I am having people for dinner I often go to your blog for ideas because I know it will be simple and delicious (ha!). But I can’t justify eating cream, sugar, bacon, lots of cheese and meat on a regular weeknight. Would you consider some lightened up versions of your classics please, with a focus on lower calories and more plants/less meat.

    Thanks for your lovely blog xxx

  2. timgurr October 12, 2016 at 5:32 pm #

    Looks absolutely delectable!

  3. healthyvegetarianfoodsUsha October 12, 2016 at 6:52 pm #

    Sam I just look forward to your vegetarian creations

  4. After Orange County October 12, 2016 at 7:29 pm #

    This looks absolutely divine! I will be preparing it very soon.

  5. CaliZona October 13, 2016 at 4:26 am #

    This looks and sounds incredible!! Love it!

  6. Sam October 13, 2016 at 9:23 am #

    Hi Svetlana – I think you have left the comment on the wrong blog. Im not Alida from Simply Delicious Blog :).

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