I can really crave certain foods, like sushi for example. Or a blue sirloin with bearnaise sauce. And most recently; fried halloumi. There is something utterly satisfying with the chewy, salty Cypriot cheese.
Last time I craved halloumi I also wanted a salad and potatoes and it resulted in this great salad based on this delicious Delia recipe for a starter with halloumi. I really loved this salad and although I was (very) happy to eat it on its own it would also work really well with say barbecued chicken skewers.
Halloumi salas with new potatoes, watercress, tomatoes and lime vinaigrette, serves 2
250 g new potatoes, cooked and cut in half
1 bag watercress
a handful cherry tomatoes, cut in half
1/2 red onion, sliced and marinated in lime juice
1 lime, zest and juice
1 tbsp white wine vinegar
1 garlic clove, pressed
1 tsp wholegrain mustard
1 tbsp chopped coriander
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
salt and black pepper
Mix the vinaigrette. Slice the halloumi and dry each piece with kitchen roll. Fry on high heat in a little oil until golden brown on both sides.
Distribute water cress, new potatoes and cherry tomatoes on two plates. Remove the onion from the lime juice and divide between the plates. Drizzle with vinaigrette and place the fried halloumi on top.