Arugula Salad with Grilled Halloumi

I don’t know if you have ever eaten Halloumi cheese but I love it. This cheese is having ‘a day’, showing up on menus in restaurants & it is available in most major grocery stores….in my city of Edmonton anyway.

I have posted a recipe using Halloumi before Halloumi Cheese with Spinach Salad The salad recipe I am posting today is with Arugula, capers & nuts.

The recipe is from fine Cooling, by Diana Andrews, so I knew it would be good.

I made it exactly as the recipe says except that I didn’t have pistachios so I roasted some walnuts & added those. They were very good in this salad.

I served it for company twice….different people each time, & everyone really enjoyed it. One meal I served it with a boccochini & tomato salad & a Potato Salad, the next time was with a corn, tomato & feta salad & a grilled vegetable torte

Here is the recipe

*** I doubled the recipe to serve 8 people, the salad was part of a buffet type of meal & I had very little left over…we had around 8 people at each meal

Here is the recipe


For the salad

1 pkg of Halloumi cheese

2 tbsp olive oil

5 oz arugula

1/4 cup toasted walnuts or the recipe calls for pistachios.. chop the nuts *** to roast the walnuts, put them onto a lined baking sheet into a 350f oven for about 5 -10 closely …they will burn quickly…when they begin to brown take them out!

For the dressing

3 tbsp olive oil

1 1/2 tbsp red wine vinegar

1 tbsp capers, rinsed, drained & finely chopped

1 tsp flat leaf parsley, finely chopped **** I didn’t have this….

1 tsp grated lemon zest

1 tsp honey

1/2 tsp garlic, minced

salt & pepper


  1.  This recipe says to soak the Halloumi cheese in hot water for 15 minutes, then dry it off. Cut the cheese into cubes
  2. Heat the 2 tbsp of oil in a skillet & cook the cheese until it is a light golden brown. Stir often & flip it over to get both sides brown. Set Aside
  3. Put the arugula in a bowl big enough for the salad..I like to use a flat dish with sides so the pieces of cheese don’t just fall to the bottom of a bowl…but use whatever you would like. Set Aside
  4. Make the dressing by putting the olive oil, red wine vinegar, capers, parsley, lemon zest, honey, garlic & salt & pepper into a small jar….I use a jam jar & shake well to mix all of the ingredients together…. or whisk all of the ingredients together in a bowl
  5. Pour the salad dressing,…(as much as you like… but reserve about 1 tbsp of the salad dressing to pour on top of the salad after adding the cheese & nuts)…. onto the arugula & toss
  6. Put the Halloumi cheese on the top of the arugula & the nuts & pour the reserved bit of salad dressing overtop of the cheese & nuts
  7. You can toss of this together or serve it with the cheese & nuts on top…




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Marilyn Dishes

Many people ask me "how did you do that?" "will you show me how?' So I decided to make a blog about what I cook and bake. I am in no way a professional cook, but I love to feed people and try new things as well as making the "old foods" My friends are wonderful cooks, each with their own 'specialty' and i will be having guest cooks here, showcasing their favourite things to cook as well!! I hope you enjoy this blog and maybe decide to make some of these foods yourself! I am always available to answer any questions you might have about anything you see here. Some of my recipes are unique to me but most are not. They are all recipes I have found in a variety of ways, some are old family recipes that date back decades and some are new ones!

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