Greek Goddess Grain Bowl with Fried Zucchini, Halloumi and Toasted Seeds

Greek Goddess Grain Bowl with Fried Zucchini, Halloumi and Toasted Seeds
When I came across this recipe for a Greek goddess grain bowl with fried zucchini, halloumi and toasted seeds on Half Baked Harvest I knew that I just had to make it, I mean it has so many of my favourite Greek/Mediterranean flavours in it! This recipe includes plenty of tasty ingredients but the stars of the show are the crispy fried zucchini, fried halloumi cheese (a Mediterranean cheese that holds it shape when fried and 'squeaks' when you chew it) crunchy toasted seeds and a fresh basil and lemon tahini dressing! Other ingredients in this salad include, crunchy cucumbers, juicy tomatoes, salty kalamata olives, sweet and smoky roasted red pepper, artichoke heart, cool and creamy avocado and fresh herbs like basil and mint. This salad is amazing with it's wide variety of different flavours, textures and even temperatures with the hot crispy fried zucchini and they all work so well together, especially in that tasty basil and lemon tahini dressing!

Greek Goddess Grain Bowl with Fried Zucchini, Halloumi and Toasted Seeds
The grain bowl being assembled!

Greek Goddess Grain Bowl with Fried Zucchini, Halloumi and Toasted Seeds
This lemon and basil tahini dressing is so easy to make and so good!

Greek Goddess Grain Bowl with Fried Zucchini, Halloumi and Toasted Seeds

Greek Goddess Grain Bowl with Fried Zucchini, Halloumi and Toasted Seeds

Greek Goddess Grain Bowl with Fried Zucchini, Halloumi and Toasted Seeds
Greek Goddess Grain Bowl with Fried Zucchini, Halloumi and Toasted Seeds

Greek Goddess Grain Bowl with Fried Zucchini, Halloumi and Toasted Seeds

Cook Time: 30 minutes Total Time: 40 minutes Servings: 6

A grain bowl with Greek inspired flavours along with crispy fried zucchini and halloumi in a basil and lemon tahini dressing with crunchy toasted seed 'croutons'.


ingredients
    For the salad:
  • 1 cup mix grains (such as quinoa, brown rice, quick cooking wild rice)
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 8 ounces halloumi, sliced 1/4 inch thick
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 cup tomato, diced
  • 1 cup cucumber, diced
  • 1/2 cup olives, sliced
  • 1/2 cup roasted red pepper, sliced
  • 1/2 cup artichoke hearts, coarsely chopped
  • 1 avocado, sliced
  • 1/4 cup fresh herbs such as basil, mint, parsley, dill, etc., chopped
  • For the Greek goddess dressing:
  • 1/4 cup tahini
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 clove garlic, grated
  • salt (or soy sauce or tamari) to taste
  • 1/4 cup basil
  • For the toasted seeds:
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 2 tablespoons pine nuts
  • 2 tablespoons sun-flower seeds
  • 2 tablespoons sesame seeds
  • 2 tablespoons flax seeds
  • 2 tablespoons hemp seeds
  • For the zucchini:
  • 2 medium zucchini
  • 1/4 cup flour (rice flour for gluten-free)
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup panko breadcrumbs (gluten-free for gluten-free)
  • 1/2 cup parmigiano reggiano (parmesan), grated
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons oil
directions
    For the salad:
  1. Bring the grains to a boil in the water, reduce the heat and simmer, covered, until the water has been absorbed and the grains are tender, about 20 minutes, before letting it sit, covered, for 5 minutes and fluffing.
  2. Meanwhile, heat the oil in a pan over medium heat, add the halloumi and cook until lightly golden brown on both sides, about 6-10 minutes before hitting it with the lemon juice and setting it aside.
  3. For the Greek goddess dressing:
  4. Puree everything in a blender or food processor.
  5. For the toasted seeds:
  6. Heat the oil in a pan over medium heat, add the seeds and toast until lightly golden brown, about 2-4 minutes, stirring.
  7. For the zucchini:
  8. Dredge the zucchini in the flour, dip in the egg, coat in the mixture of the breadcrumbs, parmesan, salt and pepper and cook in oil over medium heat until lightly golden brown, about 2-4 minutes per side before setting aside on paper towels to drain.
Nutrition Facts: Calories 636, Fat 42g (Saturated 5.9g, Trans 0), Cholesterol 34mg, Sodium 259mg, Carbs 47g (Fiber 8g, Sugars 5g), Protein 21g
Nutrition by: Nutritional facts powered by Edamam

10 comments:

Joanne said...

I am now craving a big bowl of this big time!!

Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar said...

Kevin, you are always coming up with the yummiest bowls!! This one in particular is right up my alley! So delicious.

Sara said...

This looks AWESOME! Must make!

Bonpierce said...

You didn't mention to sautee the halloumi.

Grey said...

Looks delicious

Julie @ Table for Two said...

Adore this!!! I would eat bowl after bowl!

Heather Christo said...

This is phenomenal!!

marla {Family Fresh Cooking} said...

Oh wow Kevin......this is so up my alley!

flidge said...

I just made this for my parents - it was very well received - thanks for the recipe!

Stylegirl said...

This was incredible! Thanks for the recipe.

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