A vegetarian primal meal. Which can be hard to find!
You can easily make a complete meal out of a greek salad by combining it with fried halloumi. This is a very simple yet totally satisfying meal. For those who are not (yet) primal, a side of crusty bread works well.
The halloumi I bought here in the UK was actually from Cyrpus (this excited me a lot), which is where it originates from. It is traditionally made from goat and sheep milk, and this one definitely was! Halloumi is different to other cheeses because it has a high melting point, so it holds its shape when it is cooked. It is set with rennet, just like all other cheeses, but doesn’t have any acid producing bacteria added. It is sometimes nick-named ‘squeaky cheese’ because of the noise it makes on your teeth when you chew. The first time I tried halloumi was at a food show, and Alex and I bought three packets then and there!
Try to make the dressing a couple of hours in advance and let it sit to allow the flavours to blend. This recipe serves 2.
Ingredients – Dressing
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 tbsp white wine vinegar
1 tbsp lemon juice
1 tspn oregano
1/2 garlic cloved, crushed
Salt and pepper
A dash of balsamic vinegar
Combine all ingredients and allow to sit, covered, for a couple of hours.
Ingredients – Salad
1/2 large cucumber
2 medium tomatoes
1/2 small red onion
3 spring onions
1 red capsicum (bell pepper)
Optional: olives, feta
Optional: mint to garnish, or chilli flakes
Slice all ingredients to approximately the same size – some people like them big, but I prefer them a bit smaller than dice. Place into a bowl and toss, then pour over the prepared dressing and mix well. Allow this to sit while you cook the cheese. Slice the cheese about 1cm thick. Heat a frying pan with a small amount of oil and when it is hot, place halloumi into the pan. Cook for about 2 minutes each side, until nice and golden brown.
Spoon the greek salad onto a plate, then carefully stack the halloumi slices on top. Drizzle with some lemon juice, and garnish with either fresh mint leaves or chilli flakes, depending on your preference. And ta-da! A cheap and easy meal, prepared in less than 15 minutes.