Grilled Haloumi Cheese With Tomato Dressing (No Bread Required)

Haloumi is a firm-textured Greek cheese that’s delicious char-grilled. Here it’s served with red onions on a bed of salad leaves, then drizzled with a hot dressing. Serve with seeded bread.

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  • prep 15 min    cook 10 min
  • serves 4


  • 2 1⁄2 tablespoons olive oil, or oil from the jar of dried tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 red onions, cut into thin wedges
  • 1 garlic clove, very finely chopped
  • 10 semi-dried or sun-dried tomatoes, finely chopped
  • 12 pitted black olives, rinsed
  • 200 g haloumi cheese, drained and cut into 1 cm thick slices
  • 75 g baby spinach leaves
  • 50 g arugula

    How to make it   25 minutes

  • 1

    Whisk together 2 tablespoons of the oil and the lemon juice in a bowl. Put the onion wedges in another bowl, drizzle over 1 tablespoon of this dressing and toss to coat. Set aside. Stir the garlic into the remaining dressing, then add the tomatoes and olives. Mix well and leave to marinate briefly.

  • 2

    Heat a cast-iron, ridged grill pan over a medium heat, then brush with the remaining oil. Add the onion wedges and cook for 3–4 minutes until nicely browned on the underside. Turn the onion wedges over with a spatula, then put the cheese slices into the pan. Increase the heat a little and cook the onion wedges for a further 3 minutes and the cheese for 11⁄2 minutes on each side until tinged with brown and just beginning to melt at the edges. (Alternatively, cook the onions and haloumi on a sheet of foil under a medium grill.)

  • 3

    While the onion and haloumi are cooking, mix the spinach leaves and rocket together in a wide salad bowl. Leave in the bowl or serve onto individual salad plates. Arrange the onion wedges and haloumi on top.

  • 4

    Tip the tomato mixture onto the hot chargrill pan and stir for a few seconds until hot and steaming. Spoon over the haloumi and salad leaves and serve.

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