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Food Recipes, Imported, Salad + Dressing

baby arugula salad with halloumi croutons

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Here is another sensational summer salad for your next seduction meal. Serve this to set the stage for your culinary seduction, or increase the portion for a main salad entree. This recipe calls for Halloumi® cheese. Made from the purest sheep’s
and goat’s milk by age-old traditions, halloumi® is a semi-firm white
cheese with a delicious, creamy taste and a surprising hint of mint. So
unique, halloumi has a registered trademark and hails only from Cyprus.
Healthy and versatile, it can be grilled, broiled, barbecued, and
sautéed.

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baby arugula salad with Halloumi croutons in citrus olive oil vinaigrette 
courtesy of Christine Cushing and CheeseEU
Makes 4 servings

salad

5 oz package baby rocket (arugula), washed 
5 oz Halloumi cheese cut into ½ inch cubes
¼ cup fine corn meal
2 tablespoon grape seed oil for frying
1 beet, thinly sliced on a mandolin and shallow fried until crisp.  

citrus dressing
 
2 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
2 tablespoon fresh orange juice
Grated zest of 1 orange and 1 lemon
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
½ teaspoon vin cotto or balsamic vinegar
Salt and freshly cracked black pepper, to taste
1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil

1. Wash and dry the arugula and place in a medium bowl.

2. To make the dressing, combine the citrus juices and zests, mustard, vin cotto or balsamic with salt and pepper and whisk well. While whisking slowly pour in the oil and combine well. Set aside.

3. Dust the Halloumi cubes in fine corn meal, tossing gently in a bowl. Transfer to a plate and discard remaining corn meal.

4. In a medium skillet, heat grape seed oil over medium high temperature. Fry the Halloumi for about 5 minutes, turning often to get a dark golden crust. 

5. Remove from heat and transfer back to plate.    

6. Toss the greens with the vinaigrette and cheese gently to coat. Sprinkle with beet chips and serve immediately. 

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Terry Dagrosa

Terry Dagrosa, founder and publisher of SeductionMeals.com. As President of Digital Marketing Collective and Tara del Mar Productions, she has extensive experience in sales, design, digital marketing and social media. "Truly great friends are hard to find, difficult to leave, and impossible to forget, so we’re thrilled to introduce our very special and highly-talented contributors and friends.  They’ll share their mouth-watering recipes, cheeky anecdotes and delightfully creative perspectives with all of us. Be sure to check out their websites and follow them, too – we promise you’ll learn to love and cherish them as much as we do!" xoxo

3 Comments

  1. Resident_Cheesemonger July 28, 2008 at 9:59 pm -  Reply

    Any recipe with a new cheese for me to try is definitely a winner. Keep the good stuff coming!

  2. terry dagrosa July 30, 2008 at 1:26 pm -  Reply

    I love Halloumi. Last night I had one of my favorite ways to prepare this cheese, the Greek dish Saganaki: lightly breaded halloumi cheese, pan fried, then served with a lemon sauce, topped with a good splash of ouzo (an anise-flavored liqueur). The waiter flames it up at your table. A fun, delicious experience.

  3. Resident_Cheesemonger July 30, 2008 at 1:48 pm -  Reply

    I will definitely have to try that next time I go out for Greek food. I just have to find a good Greek restaurant first…

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