13 October 2012

Haloumi and Chorizo Salad

At our last supper club we had some wonderful Spanish chorizo.  The real mccoy.  Really quite different in texture and flavour from any interlopers.  We do have some wonderful local chorizo but this was quite sublime.  It has a meatier texture and the most wonderfully savoury paprika spiked flavour.  For supper club it was simply sautéed and tossed with some green olives.  If you like salty, savoury then this is a pre dinner snack for you. I am thinking a sunny evening on the deck with nice G&T.

So when I spotted some of the aforementioned chorizo I couldn’t resist.  I could happily have eaten it all by itself but decided to liven up a salad alongside some haloumi for one very flavourful salad.

Haloumi and Chorizo Salad

Serves 2 


For the salad

2 tsbp olive oil
100g haloumi sliced
1/2 cup chorizo, sliced
1/2 cup cherry tomatoes, quartered
4 cups mixed greens
A few mint and basil leaves

For the dressing*

Bunch mint leaves
Bunch basil leaves
1/4 cup olive oil
Juice of 1 lemon
Salt and pepper to taste

*Any left over dressing would be great on grilled chicken or fish


Heat a couple of frying pans over a medium heat and place the haloumi in one and the chorizo in another. Fry both for a couple of moments each side.

For the dressing place all the ingredients, except the salt and pepper in a food processor or blender and whizz together.  Season with salt and pepper and adjust to taste.

To assemble pile the greens on plates along with some basil and mint leaves.  Scatter of the cherry tomatoes and then top with the haloumi and chorizo.  Drizzle with a little of the dressing and tuck in.

The spicy, smokey paprika flavour of the chorizo beside the salty haloumi is perfect if you veer to the salt savoury side of the fence.  Just bursting with flavour. The cherry tomatoes add a burst of sweetness and the fresh herbs a bright green note.  The dressing delivering a herby zesty freshness.

If you like this you might like this Baby Spinach Salad with Dates & Almonds
Two years ago Lovely Lasagne


  1. This is perfect for us one night this week. I have both haloumi and chorizo in. Thanks for the inspiration.

    1. Most welcome....love how chorizo can liven up just about anything :)

  2. Oh, Mairi, that looks so appetizing to me right now! Our weather in southern California is always perfect for nibbles like these:) And I LOVE Haloumi!

    1. Thanks Lana...ah yes that perpetual lovely weather you have :)

  3. Yum, when you see a similar recipe twice in a day you know you the food gods are telling you something (Donna Hay's latest mag has a similar number)

  4. We are huge chorizo fans and I love how you balance it out with a fresh, cool, light salad. Great light meal idea!

    1. Thanks Jamie, nothing not to love about chorizo....just so much flavour!

  5. Mairi, this is my idea of salad heaven - it immediately puts me in mind of long summery evenings in Barcelona (maybe a bit of Manchego instead of haloumi and I would be immediately transported back to Las Ramblas), jug of sangria on the side. I've been planning to have a go at making some haloumi later in the week (for a Greek cooking class I'm doing next week), so I'm definitely giving this a try. Thanks for sharing it.

    1. Sue that sounds perfect....I adore manchego....on that Spanish theme I am now thinking a few olives would work a treat too :) and anything that can transport us back to Barcelona can only be a good thing :)

  6. Can you prepare this salad in the morning and refrigerate to serve in the afternoon? Looks amazing!!

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