I only had halloumi cheese one time in my life in a salad and loved it. What I loved the most is the taste of the cheese which is not overpowering and blends in perfectly with any ingredients. I always associated halloumi cheese with zaatar. I finally decided that it was time to re-create my dream salad.
- 1 eggplant cut lengthwise
- 4 slices of haloumi cheese
- 1 cup of cooked orzo
- 1/2 cup of grape tomatoes
- 1/3 cup of cilantro
- Olive oil
- Juice from one lemon
Preheat the oven to 400. Sprinkle salt, pepper and olive oil on the eggplant slices and bake for about 30 min. In the meantime, dice the halloumi cheese in small cubes. In a large pan, heat up 1 tbsp of olive oil. Lightly fry the cheese on both sides until it turns brown, maybe 2-3 minutes on each sides. When the eggplants are ready, roll them flat.
Prepare the dressing: mix one tsp of salt, pepper, lemon juice and one tbsp of olive oil.
To plate the salad: mix together the orzo with the grape tomato. Toss the dressing and mix. Scoop the orzo in the middle of the plate and place the eggplants around.
Place the cheese on top of the orzo. Sprinkle some zaatar and top with the chopped fresh cilantro.