Ok- for all the Brits reading my blog, Halloumi ain't no thang. It's seems to be used regularly as a substitute for an animal protein. For those Americans reading my blog, the best way I can describe Halloumi is it's like a large cheese curd. It's squeaky, salty, and AMAZING. I am not sure if it's readily available in the States as I never knew what it was when I was still living there but I would imagine a more high end grocery store with a strong cheese section may have it. Otherwise any protein is a great choice. My husband doesn't believe it's a meal unless meat is included so I also made with grilled chicken.
Recipe Serves 4
2 250g package of Halloumi, cut into 1/2" thick slices
1 Eggplant, cut into 1/2" slices
1 Zucchini, Cut with mandolin
8 Sprigs Asparagus
1 Portabello Mushroom, 1/2" slices
1 Red Pepper, Cut into Large Chunks
1/2 Red Onion, 1/2" slices
2 Garlic Cloves, minced
1/4 c Olive Oil
1/4 c Balsalmic Vinegar
1 Tsp Dried Oregano
1 Tsp Dried Basil
1 Tsp Dried Parsley
1/2 Tsp Pepper
1/2 Tsp Salt
Add olive oil, vinegar, and dried herbs, minced garlic, and S&P to gallon ziplock bag.
Add sliced veggies to marinate. Allow to marinate for an hour.
After an hour, place veggies on heated grill. Watch closely. Turn veggies after 3 minutes or until they have begun to have a nice grill mark on one side.
Grill for another 3 minutes on opposing side.
As soon as you turn over veggies, add Halloumi to grill. Cook each side 3 minutes.
Remove everything from grill and place variety of veggies on a bed of mixed greens.
Top with Halloumi and add additional oil and vinegar to taste and enjoy!