Summer in a bowl, sweet corn, nectarine, cherry and halloumi salad - scalingbackblog.com    Summer in a bowl, sweet corn, nectarine, cherry and halloumi salad - scalingbackblog.com

Sometimes it’s hard to get excited about eating a salad.  If your like me you get stuck in a rut and make the same things over and over again until you just lose interest.  One of the benefits of having a blog is that it pushes you to try new flavor combinations or ingredients that you probably wouldn’t have tried.  I’ve been reading about halloumi and what a great vegetarian option it is for years but had never gotten around to trying it before this week.  I don’t know what I’ve been waiting for, it is amazing.  Halloumi is a cheese made from goat and sheep’s milk and it doesn’t melt over high heat so it’s ideal for grilling or pan frying.  Eat it as soon as you can after you take it out of the pan, it’s at it’s most delicious when it’s hot.  If you read my blog you know that I make a lot of salads but I have to say that this has got to be one of my favorite salads ever.  Bursting with all the best flavors of summer  it’s loaded with fresh herbs, nectarines, cherries and sweet summer corn and tossed with a simple ginger lime vinaigrette.  For a variation, peaches, strawberries and watermelon would all be great substitutions.

Summer in a bowl, sweet corn, nectarine, cherry and halloumi salad - scalingbackblog.comSummer in a bowl, sweet corn, nectarine, cherry and halloumi salad - scalingbackblog.comSummer in a bowl, sweet corn, nectarine, cherry and halloumi salad - scalingbackblog.comSummer in a bowl, sweet corn, nectarine, cherry and halloumi salad - scalingbackblog.comSummer in a bowl, sweet corn, nectarine, cherry and halloumi salad - scalingbackblog.com

summer fruit and halloumi salad
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Serves: 4
 
It's like summer in a bowl. Sweet corn, juicy nectarines, fresh cherries and pan fried halloumi tossed with a ginger lime vinaigrette make the best summer salad you've ever tasted.
Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice
  • ½ teaspoon finely grated ginger
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • kosher salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 8-ounce package of halloumi cheese, cut into 8 slices
  • 1 nectarine, pitted and sliced into wedges
  • 1 cup of cherries, pitted and cut in half
  • 1½ cups fresh corn kernels, cut from 2 large ears of corn
  • 6 cups of baby arugula
  • large handful of fresh mint
  • large handful of fresh basil
Instructions
  1. To make the dressing whisk lime juice, ginger, and honey in a small bowl. Gradually add 3 tablespoons olive oil. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  2. In a large bowl combine the arugula, corn, nectarines, cherries and a handful of the herbs. Pour the dressing over the top and lightly toss to coat all the ingredients. Taste and add more salt or pepper as desired.
  3. Heat a medium skillet over medium-high heat and add the remaining tablespoon of olive oil. When the pan is hot add the halloumi and cook for 2-3 minutes per side, until a nice crust forms on the cheese and it is golden brown. Remove the halloumi from the pan and each slice in half.
  4. Divide the salad among 4 plates and top with a few slices of the halloumi and a sprinkling of herbs.

 

Summer in a bowl, sweet corn, nectarine, cherry and halloumi salad - scalingbackblog.com Summer in a bowl, sweet corn, nectarine, cherry and halloumi salad - scalingbackblog.com