Grilled Halloumi and Peach Salad with Lemon-Tahini Dressing

 Make this summery grilled halloumi and peach salad with lemon-tahini dressing! Easy and packed with fresh flavor! #salad #vegetarian #healthyrecipe #halloumi #peach #summer

All I've been wanting to eat lately is cheese and summer produce. So here we are with this salad! 

If you haven't had the pleasure of eating a perfectly ripe South Carolina peach, I feel very sad for you. There are few foods in life that are more perfect. I remember when Alice Waters, the famous chef from Chez Panisse, came to Emory to speak (where I was in my internship), she told a story of how she was meeting Bill Clinton when he was president. She knew she would only have a moment to speak with him, and wanted to convey the importance of supporting local food, so she gifted him with a perfect peach. That story was probably much more romantic in her telling of it. I can imagine Bill was like, "Ummm, thanks??" Still, I love the idea that a perfectly ripe peach was the food she chose. 

 Make this summery grilled halloumi and peach salad with lemon-tahini dressing! Easy and packed with fresh flavor! #salad #vegetarian #healthyrecipe #halloumi #peach #summer

I got a big bag of peaches at the farmer's market, and have been eating them in everything so I don't let a single one go moldy on the counter! On avocado toast for breakfast...drizzled with almond butter for a snack...with ice cream for dessert. Gotta get my fill in because along with tomatoes, peaches are one thing I just won't eat out of season. 

If you haven't had halloumi cheese before, it's this briny cheese with a low moisture content, so it holds up to grilling. When you bite into it, it has this squeaky texture, which is why it's often called squeaky cheese. I paired it with tons of crunchy vegetables, and creamy avocado to pair with the juicy peach slices. Then I drizzled it all with a lemony, herby tahini dressing. If you like, this salad would be really tasty tossed with cooked quinoa too!

 Make this summery grilled halloumi and peach salad with lemon-tahini dressing! Easy and packed with fresh flavor! #salad #vegetarian #healthyrecipe #halloumi #peach #summer

Grilled Halloumi and Peach Salad with Lemon-Tahini Dressing

Ingredients:

  • 12 ounces halloumi cheese, sliced
  • 1 head leaf lettuce
  • Microgreens
  • 1 bell pepper, stemmed, seeded and chopped
  • 1 cucumber, chopped
  • 1/4 cup diced red onion
  • 2 peaches, sliced
  • 1 avocado, sliced 

Dressing:

  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 tablespoon tahini
  • 1 small garlic clove, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons chopped chives

Instructions:

  1. Heat a grill on medium-high. When hot, grill cheese for 2 minutes per side until grill marked. Let cool slightly then cut into 1-inch cubes. 
  2. Whisk all the dressing ingredients together and season with salt and black pepper to taste. 
  3. Toss lettuce, microgreens, bell pepper, cucumber, and red onion together in a large serving bowl. Top with peaches, avocado and grilled halloumi. Drizzle with dressing and serve. 

More peach recipes:

 Balsamic Roasted Peach and Fig Salad with Bacon and Blue Cheese 

Balsamic Roasted Peach and Fig Salad with Bacon and Blue Cheese 

 Peach Chai Kefir Smoothie 

Peach Chai Kefir Smoothie 

 Roasted Figs and Peaches with Mascarpone

Roasted Figs and Peaches with Mascarpone

 This summer grilled halloumi and peach salad with lemon-tahini dressing is so easy to make! #vegetarian #healthyrecipe #peach #halloumi #glutenfree #summer