Fresh, zesty and low on carbs, this tasty Mexican halloumi salad recipe makes a brilliant light vegetarian meal. It's quick to prepare too so perfect for busy lunches or a light dinner.
This Mexican halloumi salad is a great vegetarian meal for days when I want something filling but still healthy. The chopped vegetables in the salad along with the lime and coriander in the dressing mean that it tastes really fresh and and looks very colourful on the plate too. After all, colourful meals are so much more appetising than plain ones.
Prepare the vegetables for this Mexican Halloumi Salad in advance!
I am a huge fan of batch cooking and preparing big salads in advance so I can then use them in more than one meal. With this halloumi salad I like to make a really big batch of the tomato, cucumber and pepper salad and then keep it in the fridge. It keeps well for at least 2 days and is great with other meals. I love it as side dish with fish and chicken too.
Cook the halloumi just before you serve it!
Just don't prepare the halloumi in advance. The halloumi is best as soon as it comes out of the grill or frying pan. It soon begins to firm up again so you really do need to eat it quickly.
How to cook halloumi
For a long time I always cooked the halloumi in a dry frying pan but sometimes it sticks and can be difficult to clean so recently I've preferred to grill (broil) it. I oil a small piece of aluminium foil and then place the slices on it and put them under the grill. After a couple of minutes I turn them over to brown the other side too. Some liquid will come out of the halloumi as it cooks but don't worry about it, it'll soon evaporate.
The inspiration for this Mexican halloumi salad
I originally got the inspiration for this recipe from Nigella Express. However, only the halloumi and the lime juice remained in my version. I love spicy citrusy flavours and we've eaten this salad many many times for lunch and dinner.
Why Mexican Style?
Well, the chopped vegetable salad, the lime juice and the chilli just make me think of Mexican food. It's not meant to be authentic in any way, just a really really tasty Mexican inspired salad. By the way, if you like Mexican food then do check out my chipotle lime chicken recipe!
Can you adapt this Mexican Halloumi Salad?
Of course this easy halloumi salad can be adapted. You can vary the salad vegetables to suit your tastes. Sometimes I like to add a little chopped red onion or spring onion. Some sweetcorn also goes very well.
I love the sharpness of the lime in the salad dressing but you can substitute it for lemon. You can also vary the herbs that you use. You could even add a little spice. A pinch of paprika goes very well in this.
If you want to make this halloumi salad into a more filling salad you can add some form of carb. Tortilla chips go very well or you could wrap the whole salad in a soft tortilla.
Another way of bulking out this salad is to add some beans. I think black beans go brilliantly as they are the right size plus they just look good against the other ingredients.
Mexican Halloumi Salad Recipe
- 2 tomatoes
- ½ yellow pepper
- ½ red pepper
- 10 cm cucumber
- black pepper
- Pinch salt optional
- garlic salt
- 100 g spinach leaves
- 200 g halloumi
- 1 lime juiced
- 2 tbsp flavourless oil
- 1 chilli pepper
- 1 tbsp chopped coriander (cilantro)
- Chop the tomatoes, peppers and cucumbers into equal sized chunks. Season with a little salt and pepper and mix together.
- Make the dressing. Squeeze the lime and finely chop the chilli. I like heat so I leave the seeds in but you can deseed it if you want. Put these ingredients plus the oil and dried coriander into a bowl and mix well. Taste and adjust as necessary.
- Slice the cheese, approximately 1cm thick. Heat a dry frying pan and put the slices in the pan. After a couple of minutes turn the cheese and cook until it is browned on each side. Remove and place in the bowl with the dressing. Alternatively you can grill the halloumi instead of dry frying it.
- Put a handful of spinach on each plate and divide the chopped salad between the plates. Top each plate with 3-4 slices of the halloumi. Drizzle the remaining dressing over the top.
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