Recipe: Strawberry & Halloumi Summer Salad

You know what’s not a good idea? Shopping for a party dress after a 4-day Eid weekend.

And what happens during the Eid weekend? We eat, and eat, and eat… breakfast because we miss it, coffee, ohh glorious coffee, chocolates, cakes, sushi, ma’amoul, mid-morning and post lunch snacks – you name it, I ate it.

So today I made a salad.

A fresh, wholesome and healthy strawberry summer salad. Have you seen all those gorgeous blood red strawberries at the supermarket? Summer is something like a culinary heaven. For a few months we’re blessed with nature’s most expressive colors, textures and flavors. I inventively paired my strawberries with spinach, grilled halloumi cheese and toasted pine nuts. All of this goodness gets tossed with fresh lemon juice, good olive oil, salt, and pepper. Very simple.

This is the sort of salad that you can eat and feel like you’re indulging in a good life, not like you’re on a diet. This salad is a treat in itself… and totally makes up for the 4-day indulgence.


strawberry halloumi salad

berry and cheese salad




Strawberry & Halloumi Summer Salad

berry and cheese salad

By Reem Published: August 15, 2013

  • Yield: 4 Servings

A bright, seasonal salad, this is the first salad that ever bridged the gap between fruit and spinach at my house.


  • 10 strawberries hulled and cut in half or quartered
  • 2 cups fresh-spinach washed
  • 250 grams halloumi-cheese cut into 8 thick slices
  • 1 handful pine-nuts toasted
  • 1 lemon juice of half a lemon
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin-olive-oil
  • 0 salt-and-freshly-ground-black-pepper to taste


  1. Place a small non-stick pan over medium-high heat and cook halloumi cheese until a nice golden crust forms on each side, about 1-2 minutes per side. You can add some olive oil so it doesn't stick but if it's non-stick you don't need to.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, add spinach, strawberries and pine nuts. Add halloumi on top.
  3. Make the dressing by mixing lemon juice, olive oil, salt and pepper. Drizzle the dressing all over the salad, toss and enjoy!


  1. Amazing

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