This is a really unusual and very lovely salad: fresh and tangy and with a combination of distinct flavours that almost unexpectedly, work really well together (halloumi with pomegranate or olives and grapes, for instance). And the dressing is a lovely piquant blend of tart and sweet – finishes the salad off beautifully. You could eat this salad on its own for lunch or serve it alongside barbecued meats or fish. Really loved it and will definitely be doing this one again. Yummy!
Serves 4 as a side salad
What you need…
3 large handfuls of your favourite salad leaves
1 handful fresh thyme, leaves stripped and stems discarded
1 handful green seedless grapes, halved
1 handful red seedless grapes, halved
10 pitted green olives, sliced
250g halloumi cheese, cut into bite-sized cubes
Knob of butter
80g pomegranate seeds
for the dressing
3 cloves of garlic, chopped
Juice and zest of 1 lemon
1 tablespoon sugar
2 tablespoons pomegranate molasses
60ml olive oil
What to do…
Tip all the dressing ingredients into a screw top jar. Pop the lid on tightly and shake like mad. Set aside.
Place the salad leaves into a pretty serving bowl and then scatter over the thyme, grapes and olives.
Melt the butter in a frying pan over a moderate heat and fry the halloumi until golden all over. Remove and scatter over the salad. Drizzle over the dressing and toss the salad gently. Garnish with the pomegranate seeds and enjoy being pleasantly surprised by this unusual salad before you reach for a second helping!
Well it’s salad so it’s not hard but very rewarding.