13 February, 2011

Pear and Spinach Salad with Halloumi

I need to get  this little Pear and Spinach Salad out to the world before it is too late. To me, it is the perfect starter salad for a Valentine's dinner: Warm and fruity pears, crunchy and fresh baby spinach topped with salty Halloumi, sprinkled with crunchy almonds and a drizzle of honey mustard vinaigrette. It is so exquisite and light in flavor, and the warm char-grilled pears and Halloumi are just right in the cold winter season. You'll have this and wonder why you don't have it every night because  it is very simple and pretty quick to make.
I love the combination of sweet and savory in a salad. They complement each other beautifully. Alright, enough said: Let's get this recipe out to the world......
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PEAR AND SPINACH SALAD WITH HALLOUMI


2 pears
200g/80z Halloumi cheese, sliced
4 cups torn spinach leaves
1/4 cup almonds, toasted and chopped
1/4 cup red onion, thinly sliced

Honey Mustard Vinaigrette
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon honey
2 teaspoons mustard
1 1/2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1-2 tablespoons water (optional)

Serves 4
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Start this salad by making the dressing. In a small bowl, combine all ingredients except the water. Add water until desired texture is reached. Set aside.

Heat a dry char-grill pan until hot. Place sliced Halloumi cheese to the pan and cook about 2 minutes on each side, until charred. Remove from the pan and set aside.
Cut each pear into 8 slices, then char-grill on each side for 2 minutes, or until charred. 

In a salad bowl, combine spinach leaves, red onion, pear slices and Halloumi. Drizzle over with Honey Mustard dressing. Sprinkle with chopped almonds. Serve immediately, while pears and Halloumi are still warm.

11 comments:

  1. Halloumi and pears sounds wonderful together! Lovely photo too.

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  2. I love sweet fruit with a pungent cheese over greens, that sound like the perfect starter to a special dinner.

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  3. all my favourite things in a bowl! perfect anja.

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  4. Anja, we LOVE halloumi! Thanks for featuring it in such a lovely way! Great photo as always!

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  5. Gorgeous photo, and that salad really sounds delicious. I haven't tried halloumi, but I need to!

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  6. add me to the list of halloumi fans! especially with honey, that's the best way to enjoy it. Wonder if tossing in toasted sesame seeds could add a nice crunch to the dish as well...

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  7. @ Carrie
    thanks and you really need to try Halloumi. You missed out on something great, I am telling you!!!

    @Arva
    Halloumi with honey... Never had that combo but makes me salivating thinking about it. Will try that very soon.

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  8. The grilled pear and Halloumi combo would be nice!

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  9. Just a perfect combination! Next time perhaps less of mustard in the sauce, as we found it a little too spicy, but otherwise it was just perfect! And not only for winter, but also for the start of the sunny spring :) Thank you :)

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  10. I didn't expect that the pear and spinach would work, but with the halloumi it turned out pretty well. Thanks.

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  11. Awesome recipe the flavors were all there.

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