Sunday, February 27, 2011

Halloumi & Pomegranate summer salad

It's the last day of summer here in Australia, and while the cooler weather is already beginning to nip at our feet our last hurrah for warmer days comes in the form of this absolutely delicious summer salad using one of our favourite spice blends.
This Halloumi & Pomegranate Summer Salad was created by Hayssam "taste-extraordinaire" Bejjani from Sami's Kitchen and we love it:
  • 2 x Halloumi cheese blocks (Pittas is best)
  • 1 x fresh Pomegranate fruit
  • 200g fresh Tomato (we used the small grape Tomato)
  • 3-4 sprigs of fresh Mint
  • 1-2 tbsp Sami’s Kitchen Zaatar blend
  • 50ml Caramelised Balsamic Vinegar (love Pukara Estate)
Cut the Halloumi cheese into slices, approximately 1cm thick.
(It’s always a good idea to wash the Halloumi in fresh running water after removing from the packaging)
Heat a large frypan, add a touch of olive oil to avoid sticking, and grill the Halloumi slices on both sides until golden; this should take no more than 1-2 minutes per side.
Remove the Halloumi from the pan and let it cool down, then cut each slice into 4-6 small pieces.
Remove the Pomegranate “pearls” from the flesh of the fruit and place in a bowl.
Cut the Tomato into slices or if using the small grape Tomato simply slice in half.
Remove the Mint leaves from the stalk.
Find a nice big platter; place the Halloumi at the bottom; add the Pomegranates, Tomato and Mint on top; sprinkle the Zaatar over the whole lot and then drizzle the Caramelised Balsamic Vinegar.
You may add some Salt to taste.
This should look impressive and be bursting with refreshing flavour. Enjoy!

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