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Super Simple Saturday: Greek Haloumi and Mint Summer Salad

Summer days may come and go but Greek Haloumi and Mint Summer Salad is forever! That’s our motto anyway. From side dish to main superstar, this cheesy salad never fails to impress. Who can resist that squeaky, crispy, goodness?

Greek Haloumi and Mint Summer Salad - The season may be over, but haloumi is good all year round. This squeaky cheese is perfect as a barbecue side dish or even on its own. Vegetarian. | wandercooks.com

Woohoo it’s the weekend guys and time for another super tasty, super quick, Super Simple Saturday treat.

Earlier this week we’d been thinking about our time on the Greek island of Kos and its incredible Mediterranean cuisine. The meats, vegetables and cheeses that are literally impossible to stop gorging on once you start.

So even though we might’ve failed those stuffed mushrooms earlier this week (#hotpaprikadisaster #whatwerewethinking), we knew there was no way that haloumi would ever let us down. #cheeseinshiningarmour #muststophashtagging

Greek Haloumi and Mint Summer Salad - The season may be over, but haloumi is good all year round. This squeaky cheese is perfect as a barbecue side dish or even on its own. Vegetarian. | wandercooks.com

This light and summery Greek Haloumi and Mint Salad came in very handy for last night’s epic feast at my Wandermum and Wanderdad’s place.

Among the flurry of cooking activity in the kitchen we somehow managed to snag a spot for Sarah to fry up the haloumi into squeaky, golden brown deliciousness, while I prepared the salad base.

Which, in all honesty, took about 2 seconds to do while sipping on a glass of mum’s favourite rosé.
Because – priorities.

Super simple, super good amirite?

Greek Haloumi and Mint Summer Salad - The season may be over, but haloumi is good all year round. This squeaky cheese is perfect as a barbecue side dish or even on its own. Vegetarian. | wandercooks.com

Once that was done we literally had all of the noms going on because there’s no way Mum and Dad would ever let us go home hungry.

Competing for tummy space were Mum’s light and flaky Sweet Potato & Sundried Tomato Palmiers and Dad’s freshly cooked Snapper in Beer Batter, followed by the tastiest BBQ Grilled Chicken Wings we’ve ever eaten.

Even if Dad still won’t spill the beans on his secret spice mix. Cough.

Greek Haloumi and Mint Summer Salad - The season may be over, but haloumi is good all year round. This squeaky cheese is perfect as a barbecue side dish or even on its own. Vegetarian. | wandercooks.com

Greek Haloumi and Mint Summer Salad

The season may be all but over in Australia, but at least we can bring back those summer feels with a killer BBQ and this deliciously zesty salad.

Once that haloumi is ready to go, all you need is a bed of baby spinach and a scattering of cherry tomatoes, then top it all off with a squeeze of lemon and a good drizzling of olive oil.

A crack or two of black pepper and this baby is ready to hit the table and your tummy.

You could make it even simpler by serving up the haloumi all on its own. Once it’s cooked, drizzle over with oil and lemon and pile up with mint. (This also works amazingly with oregano).

Either way, we can pretty much guarantee it won’t last. You should probably go and snap up a piece right now before it hits the table because trust us, you DO NOT want to miss out on haloumi heaven.

Greek Haloumi and Mint Summer Salad - The season may be over, but haloumi is good all year round. This squeaky cheese is perfect as a barbecue side dish or even on its own. Vegetarian. | wandercooks.com

What’s your favourite go-to dish to complement a family BBQ? 

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Greek Haloumi and Mint Summer Salad
 
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The season may be over, but haloumi is good all year round. This squeaky Greek Haloumi and Mint Salad is perfect as a barbecue side dish or even on its own.
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Recipe type: Salad
Cuisine: Greek
Ingredients
  • 300 g haloumi, sliced into thin strips
  • 50 g baby spinach, washed
  • ½ cup cherry tomatoes, sliced in half
  • Handful mint, roughly chopped
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • Black pepper
Instructions
  1. Heat 1 tbsp olive oil in a pan over a high heat.
  2. Fry the haloumi for a minute or two each side until golden brown.
  3. Place the baby spinach and cherry tomatoes on a serving dish.
  4. Top with cooked haloumi, drizzle with olive oil and lemon juice and season with black pepper.
  5. Serve immediately

 

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  • Kathi @ laughingspatula
    30/03/2016 at 1:23 pm

    So beautiful and fresh looking! Had to google Haloumi. Goat Cheese…heck ya! We love that here in the Pacific Northwest…now I just gotta find me some! 🙂

    • Wandercooks
      30/03/2016 at 3:44 pm

      Oh oh, fingers crossed you can find some near you – haloumi is the BEST! There’s just something about that squeaky texture, one slice is NEVER enough! Haha 🙂

  • Whitney
    30/03/2016 at 10:35 am

    I love haloumi. I went to a Greek fest last year and got to watch them pan fry it and it was really cool because they set each pan on fire.

    • Wandercooks
      30/03/2016 at 12:06 pm

      Oh yum! Bet that would taste delicious! Well that’s something we should definitely leave to Sarah haha, Flames + Laura is never a good idea 😛

  • Tracy @ Served from Scratch
    30/03/2016 at 10:27 am

    What a delicious summer side!!

    • Wandercooks
      30/03/2016 at 12:03 pm

      Thanks Tracy! 🙂

  • Mark, Compass & Fork
    30/03/2016 at 10:24 am

    I like your motto at the top of the post! So very Greek and just shouts out the word summer. I do like the contrast with the spinach.

    • Wandercooks
      30/03/2016 at 12:05 pm

      Thanks Mark, we think it’s a good one to live by haha. You’re definitely right, the spinach makes a great contrast to the haloumi both in taste and texture.

  • Jillian @ Food, Folks and Fun
    30/03/2016 at 10:16 am

    This Greek summer salad looks so delicious. I bet the mint is cool and refreshing for hot summer days! I can see myself serving this for lunch or diner.

    • Wandercooks
      30/03/2016 at 12:02 pm

      The mint is so good, such a refreshing twist that offsets the haloumi perfectly!

  • Ilona @ Ilona's Passion
    24/03/2016 at 1:48 pm

    I love that you used spinach. I never tried haloumi but The whole dish looks delicious!

    • Wandercooks
      25/03/2016 at 9:21 am

      Thanks Ilona! Fresh baby spinach is the best in salads but paired with haloumi? A-mazing 😀

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