A delicious and easy salad great as a light meal or side salad
1 6ozpackage of halloumi cheese
1/4cupof mixed olives pittedspanish and kalamata
1small chili pepper such as serranoseeds removed and sliced thin into ringsif you don't like spicy use 1/2 the pepper or just omit the pepper all together
4tbspof olive oil (3 tbsp for dressing plus 1 tsp for the pan)
1bag of arugula salad
1/8cupof roasted and salted pistachios shells removed
1tspof sugarsalt and pepper to taste
4 tbspsoy saucelow sodium
In a medium bowl, add your vinegar, sugar and sliced chili peppers and mix well and let sit for 30 minutes to 1 hour to lightly pickle the peppers.
While the vinegar and chilis are coming together, you can start making your salad.
On a medium to large platter, add your arugula. In a medium bowl, add your olive oil, olives and shallots and a pinch of salt and mix well and set aside.
Now, slice your halloumi cheese lengthwise into 1/4 inch slices. You should get about 5-6 slices from one block of the halloumi cheese.
Pre-heat a medium saute pan over medium high heat. Add 1 tsp of olive oil to the pan. When the oil is hot, begin adding your halloumi cheese to the pan and cook for about 3-4 minutes a side.
At this point you will see your halloumi cheese sweat out it's liquid. Once this happens, tilt your pan and spoon out the liquid and discard.
After removing the liquid from the pan, pour your soy sauce evenly over your halloumi.
After a couple minutes, with a spatula, check to see if the cheese is browning before flipping. If it has a nice caramel color forming go ahead and flip the cheese over and cook the other side for 3-4 minutes. If it is not brown continue cooking until it is and then flip and cook the other side.
When the halloumi is done cooking, carefully remove it from the pan and place on a cooling rack.
Going back to the salad, take your bowl of vinegar and chilis and add that to your olive oil and olives bowl and mix it all in. This is your vinaigrette for your salad.
Take your cooked halloumi and lay it over your bed of arugula. Now taste your dressing with the olives and chilis and see if it needs any salt and pepper (remember that the halloumi cheese is salty so be careful not to add too much salt to your dressing). Drizzle your dressing and all of its ingredients over the top of the halloumi cheese until it is all used up.
Now sprinkle the pistachios over the top of that.
Serve your halloumi salad with a nice crusty bread for people to make open face sandwiches with or to eat as a side with their salad.;Enjoy!