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Halloumi, Peach and Cherry Salad

Halloumi, Carmelized Peach and Cherry Salad

Have you had halloumi? The salty, springy white cheese, made with goat’s and sheep’s milk, is delicious on salads, with eggs and in sandwiches. Today, as we continue our month of salads, we’re psyched to share this delicious recipe starring halloumi and caramelized summer fruit. Heather Hands of Flourishing Foodie explains how to make it…

Halloumi, Peach and Cherry Salad
By Heather Hands of Flourishing Foodie

It was only a year ago that I first experienced halloumi. I had always skipped right past it on the menu at my favorite little Greek restaurant and never thought about buying it at the store, not really knowing how to prepare it. It wasn’t until a group of friends persuaded me to share an appetizer of grilled halloumi and cherries that I understood why everyone else loved it so much. A good halloumi, when cooked right, can taste rich, buttery, salty and chewy. I loved the combination of the salty halloumi with the tart cherries, so I chose to incorporate two semi-tart flavors in this dish — cherries and peaches. Served on top of a bed of arugula, with some olive oil and lemon juice, you’ve quickly gone from a tasty appetizer to an awesome lunch. I love how easy this dish is to prepare and how pretty and vibrant it looks — perfect for summer.

Recipe: Halloumi, Peach and Cherry Salad
Serves 2

You’ll need:

4 cups arugula
Drizzle of olive oil
Splash of lemon juice
Pepper to taste
2 tsp butter
1 cup cherries, halved and pits removed
2 small peaches, cut into wedges
5 oz halloumi, sliced 1/4-inch thick

In a bowl, toss the arugula with olive oil, lemon juice and pepper.

In a small frying pan, heat the butter on medium-high heat. Once the butter starts to sizzle, add the cherries and peaches. Sauté until soft.

While the fruit is cooking, heat a large frying pan on medium heat. Once hot, add the halloumi slices. Cook on each side until a nice golden brown, 2 to 3 minutes per side.

Layer the arugula, fruit and the halloumi on a plate. Serve warm.

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Thank you so much, Heather!

P.S. More delicious recipes, including peach sauvignon blanc sorbet and chocolate pavlova with cherries.

(Recipe and photos by Heather Hands. Thanks to Stella Blackmon for helping with this series.)

  1. Astrid says...

    Great inspiration! Here in Norway it’s not season for cherries yet, so I added fresh raspberries to the salad instead. Delicious! This was really a taste of summer :)

  2. Ah such a nice recipe, I love salads and this one in particular looks amazing. I don’t think I’ve ever tried halloumi before but have recently heard a lot of people rave about it too. Before I didn’t know a lot about it, but next time I’m in a restaurant I will see if I can spot it on the menu. Lovely post, its making me very hungry! :-) xx

    Helen | Helens Fashion & Beauty Blog

  3. YUM! Looks delicious. :)

  4. Jill says...

    I have to share: Halloumi is our go-to easy and impressive summer appetizer. It’s usually less expensive if you can get it at a Greek grocer ~$4 vs ~$12 at the regular grocery. Slice it thick and throw on the grill – be patient, let both sides get dark brown grill marks. Plate it and squeeze fresh lemon over ALL over it. Might be the world’s most perfect food!

    • Stella Blackmon says...

      Ahh, that sounds so delicious!

      Stella xx

  5. Mary says...

    My Greek mother-in-law always serves Hallloumi with watermelon in the summer—delicious! We call it squeaky cheese for the funny noise it makes when you eat it :)

  6. Amanda says...

    I first fell in love with h halloumi when had it on a sandwich with honey roasted eggplant, tomatoes and mixed greens. It’s a staple in our house now, but kind of pricey. Trader Joe’s just had it on sale though, so I’m stocked up through the end of summer!

  7. I forgot about the existence of halloumi until your post! A few years ago, I would eat it a lot (mainly because my mom would prepare it). But now I don’t (mainly because I can’t make anything).Ugh, I’m craving it now!

  8. Molly says...

    So my lovely williamsburg over-priced market didn’t have halloumi.. . .so I caved and bought some ricotta salata. It worked ‘ok’ but I’m looking forward to getting my hands on the exact ingredients! Also the peaches are pretty dismal right now!

  9. This is my dream come true! Ha ha. : )

  10. Nina says...

    my mouth is watering.

  11. I haven’t tried Halloumi, but I will now. This looks like the perfect summer salad.

  12. Alice Quin says...

    I have only had halloumi with eggs and bread but this sounds so good!

  13. Oh, yum! Halloumi is so great, can’t wait to make this.

  14. Meagan says...

    I tried it for the first time this weekend at a Greek place in Ft Greene. It was served with an amazing romesco sauce. I can’t wait to get some myself and try it with this salad. Halloumi FTW!

  15. Morgan says...

    I love halloumi! try it grilled on the bbq and then tossed with cubed watermelon and mint. Or in a salad with greens, grapes, walnuts, and a lemony dressing. Yum

  16. lynn says...

    Hallumi is sadly not as widely embraced in America (broadly, I think there are obvious pockets of communities and regions) but it’s widely available here in London. I can order a side of hallumi at the local Italian place, or get a lamb and hallumi wrap from a vendor for lunch – LOVE IT.

  17. Little Miss says...

    Halloumi actually comes,from my country (Cyprus).
    The best and most traditional way of eating it is sliced with watermelon.
    That’s it.
    In Cyprus we have 6 months of summer so at the peak of summer when you really don’t have any energy left for meal-prep, all you need is a watermelon and some halloumi.

  18. Trader Joe’s has pre-sliced halloumi right now, all ready for grilling!

    • Kelly says...

      NOOO!! don’t tell everybody! I need to run there now and stock up more. =)

    • Jules says...

      Shhhh!

  19. My, that looks so good. I wouldn’t have thought of pairing halloumi with peaches or cherries. Definitely going to have to give it a go!

    Wendy @ Moral Fibres
    Where sustainable living is hip, not hippie

  20. Wow. When I saw that browned cheese, I wanted some now! I remember the first time I ate saganaki as a teen unfamiliar with “foreign” foods. It was like a religious experience. Proof: I remember it many decades later.
    This is on the to-do list.