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This Grilled Eggplant Salad with Halloumi, Tomatoes & flavorful Mint Dressing- is full of summertime flavor and is a delicious side dish for a sumer BBQ. It goes well with grilled meats or can be served on its own over a bed of dressed greens or cooked quinoa.
Halloumi cheese, if you are unfamiliar, is a Greek style cheese that is firm in texture and full flavored. It tastes like feta, but has the consistency of a very firm mozzarella. The best thing about it is -it doesn’t melt, making it perfect for grilling. Feel free to add other grill-able vegetables like zucchini or summer squash, onions or bell peppers. The mint dressing is flavorful and bright.
For catering events, I will sometimes serve this as a vegetarian entree, stacking the eggplant, tomato and halloumi into a five inch tall napoleon, and skewering it with a tall sprig of rosemary. But here at home, we serve it simple and rustic like this.
Between catering events, we try to be outside as much as possible. Quick camping trips, kayaking, or a hike here and there. But some days, it may end up only being a short walk, watering the garden, or sitting on the porch for a few minutes. One simple way to spend more time outdoors, is to cook dinner outside on the grill, and eat al fresco. During the summer months, cooking techniques shift to reflect the season. The oven is given a break and I try to use the grill more often, or quick stove top preparations. I try to stay away from ingredients that need lots of time braising or baking, opting for ones that cook quickly on the grill. This way the house stays cool and it allows more time outdoors.
Grilled Eggplant Salad with Halloumi & Tomatoes
- Prep Time: 30
- Cook Time: 30
- Total Time: 1 hour
- Yield: 4 1x
- Category: Salad, vegetarian main
- Method: grilled
- Cuisine: mediterranean
Eggplant Salad with Grilled Halloumi Cheese,Tomatoes & a flavorful Mint Dressing- a delicious summer salad!
- 2 medium sized eggplants or 4 Japanese eggplants
- 4 medium heirloom tomatoes ( red and yellow)
- Calories: 234
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I made this salad as a part of a Mediterranean dinner. It was amazing! I was serving several people so fter grilling, I cut the ingredients into about 2 inch pieces, tossed it all together and added a serving spoon. It got rave reviews from all of us! Thank you!
So happy everyone enjoyed!
Very good. Added a zucchini as well. At first I had my doubts about the mint dressing based on tasting it by itself. But I confess that it worked beautifully drizzled over the grilled veggies, halloumi and fresh tomatoes. Will definitely make again.
Great to hear!
Thank you for this healthy and delicious receip !
Mary – Paris
Wow. 5 stars. My kids even liked it. I flubbed grilling the halloumi a little – by the time it had grill marks, it was melting. Maybe my grill cooled down too much dealing with all the eggplant slices. This was so, so tasty, though.
Yay!!! Great to hear. Thanks for sharing! 🙌
Beautiful recipe, thanks! I added some steamed and then grilled slices of sweet potato (because when I saw the picture, I thought thats what I saw in there). Gorgeous food.
An AWESOME post! Recipe and all. Thanks for the memory refresh!
For baking in oven, can you recommend the setting (bake or roast?), temperature, and time duration? Thinking of making this this weekend!
Honestly, Ive never tried baking before. My guess is 400F for 20-30 minutes? Start there.
Just wondering if these veggies could be baked? Or do you need the char of the grill. Seeing mine with slow cooked lamb. Can’t wait
This has become one of my favourite recipes and I enjoy reading your blog post every time I look it up 🙂 Greetings from Germany!
Thanks and Happy New Year to you!!
I’m a teensy bit obsessed with halloumi on the grill — it’s so underrated! Love that you’re doing it here, and with the mint? Yum. Thanks for sharing! – Em (@ The Pig & Quill)
What a great trip! And such a beautiful salad! And that dressing – SWOON! I think I’ll serve this Napoleon style when I make it 🙂
This is absolutely gorgeous! LOVE this salad!
That was a great trip! and there’s nothing better than hot coffee delivered to your tent in the morning, ahhhhh.
Your writing is as beautiful as your food! I will definitely have to try this recipe. Miss you!