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Greek Salad with grilled Halloumi and Mangoes

Greek Salad with grilled Halloumi and Mangoes

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It's summer here in Dubai. And we all know how hot it can get here. Anything refreshing works during summer. For me, a bowl of Greek salad and a Turkish Pide makes a perfect breakfast or late brunch on a summer day.

If you know me, I love salads that have Mayo and anything that makes it creamy. But for the zest in your summer salad it's all about this simple dressing that goes with this Greek Salad. The dressing simply consists of extra virgin olive oil, a squeeze of lemon and seasonings like salt, pepper and paprika. As simple as that. Sometimes less is more.


Greek salad, also known as Horiatiki generally consists of tomatoes, cucumbers, green bell pepper and onion. But I haven't added bell pepper and onions, instead added in purple Cabbage for that extra pop of color and the Balade Labneh balls acts as Feta cheese but the flavors coming in from the labneh balls are amazing. Greek salads doesn't necessarily contain Lettuce. Since I had some Lettuce with me and to fill in the void of green bell peppers I used romaine Lettuce.  The chewy and Juicy grilled Halloumi cheese takes it to a next level.

Just to jazzen it up (is that even a word? Haha) I also grilled some Mango slices that are about ripen and served with a pinch of chilli powder and salt, which added a tropical touch to this refreshing Greek salad. I also always love how pome arils (Pomegranate seeds) gives that burst of sweetness while you much on the salad.
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So in short, this isn't the authentic Greek salad, but the way I like it! 😍 

Ingredients : Makes for 3

  • 4-5 leaves of Lettuce romaine 
  • 2 Cucumber (deseeded, and chopped) 
  • 1/4 part of purple Cabbage, sliced finely
  • 4-5 Cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 package Balade Halloumi Cheese, sliced equally
  • 1 Mango (about to ripe) 
  • 6-8 Balade Labneh Balls (Original) 
  • 6-8 Balade Labneh Balls (Chilli) 
  • 2-3 tbsp Sliced black olives
  • 2-3 tbsp Pomegranate seeds

Dressing:

  • 2-3 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive oil
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/4 tsp Dried oregano
  • Salt and black pepper as required 
  • 1/4 tsp paprika (optional) 

Instructions :

  1. Chop the vegetables as mentioned above. 
  2. Prepare the dressing by mixing all the ingredients under dressing. 
  3. Meanwhile, slice the halloumi into equal portions. 
  4. In a grill pan, pour some olive oil and grill the halloumi for 3 minutes each side or until golden. And in the same grill pan, grill your sliced mangoes. 
  5. In a Salad bowl add in your chopped veggies, olives, pome arils and dressing. Mix well. 
  6. Finally while serving add in your labneh balls, grilled Halloumi cheese and grilled mangoes with a dash of salt and Chilli powder. 
  7. Your refreshing and flavorful Greek salad with grilled Halloumi and mangoes are ready to devour! 


Ps: Consume the salad as soon as prepared, the halloumi might get harder as it stays. The grilled Halloumi tastes best when it is right off the pan.

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