PEAR AND HALLOUMI CHEESE SALAD – HERE’S A GREAT FAVORITE

DSCN5363FRESH, CRUNCHY AND HEALTHY !!!

INGREDIENTS FOR THE SALAD

2 firm, ripe pears

Juice of half a lemon

120g rocket leaves, trimmed

120g spinach, or any other lettuce, trimmed

2 tablespoons roasted pine nuts

1 tablespoon olive oil

1/2 tablespoon Balsamic vinegar

salt to taste

INGREDIENTS FOR THE HALLOUMI CHEESE

250g Halloumi cheese

2 thyme sprigs

1 tablespoon of olive oil

1/2 tablespoon of Balsamic vinegar

METHOD FOR THE HALLOUMI CHEESE

1- Drain the halloumi and cut it into cubes.  Pat the cubes very dry with paper towels.

2- Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a pan over medium heat.  When hot, add the cubes of halloumi and fry for a few minutes until they are well brown.  Turn them, they must be perfectly brown on all sides.  They should be a nice golden colour for the best flavour.

3- Transfer the halloumi cubes to a bowl and add 2 tablespoons of olive oil, Balsamic vinegar and thyme sprigs.  Let it marinate for 1 hour.

4- Thread the halloumi onto the skewers and serve them with the salad.

METHOD FOR THE SALAD

1-  Toast the pine nuts spreading them on a baking pan in the oven for a few minutes until golden brown.  Shake them half-way through to toast evenly.  Allow them to cool before using them in the salad.

2-  Core and slice the pears lengthwise and put into a serving bowl with the lemon juice.

3-  In a big bowl put the rocket leaves, the spinach leaves, and pine nuts.

4-  In a small bowl whisk together olive oil, Balsamic vinegar, and salt to taste to make a vinaigrette.

5-  To the leaves add the pears and your vinaigrette.

6-  Gently toss the salad with your hands and serve.

TIPS

– For more flavor add 1 teaspoon of chopped thyme to the vinaigrette.

– I think pears and Halloumi cheese make a great combination so stick to the pears !

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