When I was looking at cheeses in the grocery store I noticed some halloumi cheese which is used to make one of my favorite cheese treats, saganaki. Saganaki is cheese that is fried in a pan until crispy and then hit with touch of lemon juice. The halloumi is a nice salty cheese and when fried until crispy on the outside and warm on the inside with that touch of lemon becomes something that is just out of this world! I had not had saganaki in a while so I picked some up. While I was enjoying some saganaki I remembered thinking that saganaki would also go well in the roasted strawberry salad with baked goat cheese that I made last year. As luck would have it I also had a ton of strawberries and I set out to make a roasted strawberry saganaki salad. The crispy, salty, lemony, and squeaky saganaki when just as well in the roasted strawberry salad as I thought it would! The saganaki contrasted and complemented the sweet roasted strawberries very well. I am now looking forward to using saganaki in more salads in the future.
Roasted Strawberry Saganaki Salad
- 1 cup strawberries (stemmed and halved)
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
- 2 slices saganaki (fried halloumi cheese) (cut into bite sized pieces)
- 2 handfuls romaine lettuce (cut into bite sized pieces)
- 1 handful peas (optional)
- 1 green onion (sliced)
- 1 handful walnuts (toasted, chopped)
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 teaspoon mustard
- salt and pepper to taste
- Toss the strawberries in the honey and balsamic vinegar to coat.
- Place the strawberries in a baking dish in a single layer.
- Roast the strawberries in a preheated 425F/220C oven until slightly caramelized, about 10-12 minutes.
- Mix the roasted strawberries, saganaki, lettuce, peas, green onion in a large bowl.
- Pour the juices from the pan into a bowl and mix with the olive oil, mustard, salt and pepper.
- Toss the salad in the dressing to coat.
I've never had anything like this, I will have to try it! I love cheese!
La Table De Nana says
Could it be like Halloumi? We love Halloumi..Our son-in-law introduced us to it~ This looks great!I'll save the recipe~
What a great idea! We always order saganaki in Greek restaurants and it sounds so perfect on a salad.
i know haloumi, but I didn't know it had a japanese name too. it looks so good!
Rosa's Yummy Yums says
A delightful salad!
maybelles mom says
I love Halloumi and fruit.
Great looking salad Kevin! It's been too long since I've had Halloumi and it's bringing back nostalgic memories…
Diana Evans says
oh yeah!!! I miss having that flaming greek cheese!!!yummmmmmmmmmmm
Wow! That looks awesome! I can just taste that fried cheese, the way you describe it sounds wonderful 🙂
Nice!!! This really good. Perfect for those warm summer weather.
A combination of sweet and tart is great in a salad.
Thats a truly awesome salad..I havent seen saganaki yet.
I've never heard of saganaki, but it sounds wonderful! Your salad looks super too.
Another beautiful and delicious recipe. Looks great Kevin.
Jackie at PhamFatale.com says
Very interesting. I would have never thought of adding strawberries to a salad. I guess, from now on, I will
Love halloumi cheese – never had it with strawberries but this looks good!
The roasted strawberries are a genius ingredient. Roasted halloumi is another one. All in all a mouth-watering looking dish!
sounds delish! i don't think i've gotten to try halloumi…
Mmmmmm, lovely! I have some halloumi calling to me from the fridge.
This sounds truly delicious. I saw fried halloumi on another blog the other day and knew I had to try it.
Tender Branson says
This looks wonderful. I've eaten haloumi but not worked with it myself. Thanks for the guidance.
wow…i like it very much. last year i was in Turkey for a trip and i love Turkish cheese Halloumi…Turkish people call Hellim cheese…i really want to try this salad. thank you very much!
This sounds wonderful!
Baked Alaska says
That salad sounds and looks so good! I've never heard of this dish before. YUM!
[eatingclub] vancouver || js says
What a fabulous salad: I love the combination of strawberries and halloumi! Inspired!
Delicious, I love friend halloumi! and with roasted strawberries? wow Kevin!
Oh yeah, grilled or fried halloumi is the bomb. I love the pairing with strawberry!!
Dana Treat says
I absolutely love haloumi and am always looking for ways to use it. I would never have thought of pairing it with strawberries – awesome!
There is so much right with this salad, it looks so good! I want to try that cheese so bad!
lovely and light! WOW
Gorgeous salad! I absolutely love Halloumi. My store quit carrying it so now I need to find a new place to buy it.
It sounds delicious Kevin. I must say I never tried this combination before but surely halloumi pairs well with fruit.
Just for the record halloumi is indigenous to Cyprus and is a Cypriot cheese and not Turkish, nor Japanese. We make mozarella in Greece and it's even better than the Italian but just because we make it, we cannot claim its origin.
Never tried Saganaki, sounds tasty! 🙂
My personnal fav is ghetost, a Norwegian goat/cow cheese with a taste of carabel. Best enjoyed in thin warm slices with Branston Pickle :)))
I too recently made a salad with halloumi. This sounds great Kevin! Love the honey and balsamic dressing too.
Omg Kevin! You come up with the most amazing delectable dishes. I would absolutely LOVE to eat this meal.
Oooh….this looks delicious. Strawberries AND fried cheese. Yum!
Sarah Phillips says
I'm eating this salad right now. It's amazing!
I was looking for a recipe to use kasseri cheese and found this. It was perfect! I was planning on using my strawberries on a dessert this week, but this was a much better use for them. I loved the combination of lemon scented fried cheese, strawberries, balsamic, and walnuts.