I first came across the asparagus and halloumi cheese combo a few years ago in this grilled asparagus, zucchini and halloumi salad and I have been hooked ever since! Halloumi is a Greek or Turkish cheese that has a high melting point which means that it can easily be fried or grilled. One of my favourite ways to enjoy halloumi in is in a dish called saganaki where the fried cheese is served with a splash of lemon that goes perfectly with the salty cheese. I find that juicy asparagus pairs well with halloumi and it is a combination that I use frequently.
I recently came across a new recipe for grilled asparagus and halloumi on Jungle Frog and I was immediately taken by it. I really liked the simplicity which allows you to focus on the asparagus and the halloumi and a bright lemon dressing goes perfectly with it. This dish could easily be served as an appetizer, a salad or even as a light meal and it is super easy to make. Since I had some lemons out anyways, I sliced and grilled one up to serve with the asparagus and halloumi.
Grilled Asparagus and Halloumi Salad
Grilled asparagus and halloumi cheese served with a lemony vinaigrette.
- 1/2 pound asparagus, cleaned and trimmed
- 4 ounces halloumi, cut into 1/4 inch thick slices
- 1 lemon, cut into wedges
- 2 tablespoons lemon, honey and mustard vinaigrette
- 2 teaspoons chives, sliced
- Brush the grill (or grill pan) with oil and heat to medium-high heat.
- Grill the asparagus until just tender, about 2-5 minutes depending on the thickness, and set aside.
- Grill the halloumi cheese and lemon wedges until golden brown on both sides, about 2-4 minutes per side.
- Serve the grilled asparagus and halloumi topped with the dressing and chives with lemon wedges on the side.
Divya Yadava says
My mouth is watering. I absolutely love Halloumi cheese, but I find it's difficult to find at most supermarkets. Where do you get yours?
Hey Kevin, where do you like to pick up your Halloumi in TO? Jamie Oliver uses it often and I'm curious to try it out but haven't come across it.
Christine's Pantry says
Looks wonderful! Yummy!
Rosa's Yummy Yums says
Fantastic! Halloumi is such a great cheese.
Your dishes and photos are amazing 😉
What could be better than a simple salad of asparagus and cheese? Not much, in my book!
Divya Yadava: I can sometimes find the Halloumi at Metro here in Toronto but I normally have more luck at dedicated cheese shops like the ones in the Saint Lawrnce Market.
Wow, Kevin…this looks delish! I can't wait to try it…I've never had Halloumi!
This is my kind of dish Kevin!!!!!!!
This looks so goos, wish I could reach through and grab the plate.
Inside a British Mum's Kitchen says
Delicious – my mouth is watering.
Your blog is brilliant! Thanks for sharing all your recipes and making us dream with your amazing photographs!
Terry C says
Kevin, I just think your creativity knows no bounds, and your blog and photography and descriptions keep getting better and better. I hope someday you will consider a cookbook!
Nutritional Supplement says
Its an awesome healthy salad for good health.And with cheese it adds more to its tastes.
It was with roasted asparagus that I first fell in love with halloumi too!
Food Lover says
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i recently tried halloumi for the first time; however we ate it ungrilled because my brother in law swears it is the closest thing he's found to cheese curds out here in California. This recipe sounds delicious and looks simple enough for me!
I would eat this and have seconds! Looks delicious!
Grilled asparagus and haloumi is one of my favourite light meals. Have you tried it with salsa verde? Divine!!
Anonymous: Grilled asparagus and halloumi in a lemony salsa verde, maybe with some capers, does sound good. I will have to try it! Thanks!