Heavenly Mushroom Sauce, Gluten-Free

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Vegetarian Salisbury Steak with Mushroom Sauce over pasta.  #vegetarian #healthydinner #dinnerideas #mushrooms

This is the sauce that’ll make you weak in the knees!  It’s my creamy and rich Mushroom Sauce that’s absolutely irresistible!  The mushrooms are seared with onions and garlic until they are a perfect deep brown color and salty, nutty, earthy flavor.  Thyme brings in more earthiness and a fantastic herbed backdrop.  Then vegetable broth is added to create the start of a delicious sauce.  Finally, a cornstarch slurry is whisked in to thicken it up to a glorious silky (and gluten-free) creamy finish!

I made this sauce with a veggie ‘burger’.  But you can put this sauce on just about anything…chicken, baked potatoes, pasta, rice, toast, the list goes on!

Veggie Burgers in skillet with Mushroom Sauce in skillet. #vegetarian #healthydinner #dinnerideas #mushrooms

Mushrooms Are Good For You Too

Mushrooms are a weakness for me.  I can eat them for breakfast with eggs or on toast, for lunch, and dinner.  The aroma of sauteed or roasted mushrooms brings a smile to my face.  The earthy and savory flavors are absolutely everything.

So, the fact that mushrooms are also good for me is just icing on the mushroom!  Mushrooms have so many benefits that are linked to risk reduction of health conditions, such as cancer and heart disease.  Click here to read more about this. 

Mushrooms are a great source of antioxidants, which work to get rid of free radicals, a type of chemical that can harm a person’s body cells, potentially leading to cancer.   They also contain fiber, potassium and vitamin C, which help with heart health. 

Mushrooms also contain Selenium, which is a mineral not found in most fruits and vegetables.  Selenium helps with liver enzyme function and can also improve immune response to infection by stimulating the production of T-cells.

So, why wouldn’t you eat mushrooms??  Here are some more recipes to try!

Mushroom Sauce over pasta. #vegetarian #healthydinner #dinnerideas #mushrooms

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EQUIPMENT NEEDED

You need a large skillet/frying pan for making the veggies and curry sauce. I use my absolute favorite 12″ Ceramic Pan, which is great because food really does slide right off with minimal oil and I don’t have to worry about food sticking and burning.  It comes with a glass lid, which is perfect for watching your dinner cook!

PREP-AHEAD TO MAKE YOUR MUSHROOM SAUCE

We are all extremely busy and making dinner during the week can be overwhelming. Here are the steps you prepare in the day(s) in advance and store in the fridge as your meal Kit… (See the recipe below for more details) 

This entire recipe can be made ahead but is better when you prep the ingredients and make the sauce right before eating it.

So, first dice your onions, mince the garlic, slice your mushrooms.

Knife slicing mushrooms for Vegetarian Salisbury Steak with a thick, creamy, rich Mushroom Sauce. #vegetarian #healthydinner #dinnerideas #mushrooms

Sliced mushrooms for Vegetarian Salisbury Steak with a thick, creamy, rich Mushroom Sauce. #vegetarian #healthydinner #dinnerideas #mushrooms 

COOK YOUR HEAVENLY MUSHROOM SAUCE 

Preheat a large skillet and drizzle or spray with extra virgin olive oil.

If you are making this amazing mushroom sauce to go over chicken or steak, you can cook your protein in the skillet first and then remove it and set it aside, leaving all of the delicious browned meat bits in the skillet to cook with the mushrooms.   

Add the onions, garlic, mushrooms, and thyme to the skillet and stir to mix together.  Then spread out into a layer so as many mushrooms as possible are touching the skillet bottom.

Sliced Mushrooms in skillet for this Heavenly Mushroom Sauce Recipe. #vegetarian #healthydinner #dinnerideas #mushrooms

Let sit without stirring for about 3-4 minutes until the mushrooms get a beautiful browned sear. Then stir so that the other side of as any mushrooms as possible get a sear.

Seared sliced Mushrooms in skillet for this Heavenly Mushroom Sauce Recipe. #vegetarian #healthydinner #dinnerideas #mushrooms

Add a pinch of salt and ground black pepper and then let the mushrooms cook down for another 5 minutes.

While the mushrooms are cooking, making the slurry by mixing the cornstarch into the cold milk until completely dissolved.Adding cornstarch to milk for this Heavenly Mushroom Sauce Recipe. #vegetarian #healthydinner #dinnerideas #mushrooms

Add the Vegetable broth and stir to scrape up all of the browned bits from the bottom.

Add the cornstarch slurry, as this is the thickener. Whisk to ensure you don’t get any clumps. It will thicken pretty fast. Bring back to a light simmer.

Adding broth to cooked sliced Mushrooms in skillet for this Heavenly Mushroom Sauce Recipe. #vegetarian #healthydinner #dinnerideas #mushrooms

Adding slurry to cooked sliced Mushrooms in skillet for this Heavenly Mushroom Sauce Recipe. #vegetarian #healthydinner #dinnerideas #mushrooms

Thick, creamy, rich Mushroom Sauce in skillet. #vegetarian #healthydinner #dinnerideas #mushrooms

Beyond burgers in mushroom sauce in skillet for Vegetarian Salisbury Steak with a thick, creamy, rich Mushroom Sauce. #vegetarian #healthydinner #dinnerideas #mushrooms

Add back your protein or veggie to the sauce or serve the sauce over it.  Or mix this delicious sauce with pasta or rice or quinoa.

ENJOY! 😍 Carrie

Veggie Burgers in skillet with Mushroom Sauce in skillet. #vegetarian #healthydinner #dinnerideas #mushrooms

Mushroom Sauce over pasta. #vegetarian #healthydinner #dinnerideas #mushrooms
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Heavenly Mushroom Sauce

This is the sauce that'll make you weak in the knees!  My Heavenly Mushroom Sauce is thick, rich, and irresistible. The mushrooms are seared with onions and garlic until they are a perfect deep brown color and salty, nutty, earthy flavor.  Thyme brings in more earthiness and a fantastic herbed backdrop.  Then vegetable broth is added to create the start of a delicious sauce.  Finally, a cornstarch slurry is whisked in to thicken it up to a glorious silky, and gluten-free creamy finish! #dinnerideas #vegetariandinners #vegetarianrecipes #healthydinners #familydinners

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword mushrooms, vegetarian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Author Carrie Tyler

Ingredients

  • 10 oz White Button Mushrooms
  • 1 Small Onion (or 1/2 cup diced)
  • 1/2 Clove Garlic (or 1/2 tsp minced)
  • 1/2 tsp Dried Thyme, crushed
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Ground Black Pepper
  • 1 cup Vegetable Broth
  • 1 tbsp Cornstarch heaping
  • 1/2 cup Milk

Instructions

Prep-Ahead Steps

  1. Slice the mushrooms. Dice the onions. Mince the garlic.

    Sliced mushrooms for this Heavenly Mushroom Sauce Recipe. #vegetarian #healthydinner #dinnerideas #mushrooms

Cook!

  1. Preheat a large skillet and drizzle or spray with extra virgin olive oil.

  2. Add the onions, garlic, mushrooms, and thyme to the skillet and stir to mix together. Then spread out into a layer so as many mushrooms as possible are touching the skillet bottom.

    Sliced Mushrooms in skillet for this Heavenly Mushroom Sauce Recipe. #vegetarian #healthydinner #dinnerideas #mushrooms
  3. Let sit without stirring for about 3-4 minutes until the mushrooms get a beautiful browned sear. Then stir so that the other side of as any mushrooms as possible get a sear.

    Seared sliced Mushrooms in skillet for this Heavenly Mushroom Sauce Recipe. #vegetarian #healthydinner #dinnerideas #mushrooms
  4. Add a pinch of salt and ground black pepper and let the mushrooms cook down for another 5 minutes.

  5. While the mushrooms are cooking, making the slurry by mixing the cornstarch into the cold milk until completely dissolved.

    Adding cornstarch to milk for this Heavenly Mushroom Sauce Recipe. #vegetarian #healthydinner #dinnerideas #mushrooms
  6. Add the Vegetable broth and stir to scrape up all of the browned bits from the bottom.

    Adding broth to cooked sliced Mushrooms in skillet for this Heavenly Mushroom Sauce Recipe. #vegetarian #healthydinner #dinnerideas #mushrooms
  7. Add the cornstarch slurry, as this is the thickener. Whisk to ensure you don't get any clumps. It will thicken pretty fast. Bring back to a light simmer for 5 minutes.

    Adding slurry to cooked sliced Mushrooms in skillet for this Heavenly Mushroom Sauce Recipe. #vegetarian #healthydinner #dinnerideas #mushrooms
  8. Serve and enjoy!!

    Beyond burgers in mushroom sauce in skillet for Vegetarian Salisbury Steak with a thick, creamy, rich Mushroom Sauce. #vegetarian #healthydinner #dinnerideas #mushrooms

Recipe Notes

  1. For the Mushrooms, you can use cremini mushrooms as well.
  2. I used vegetable broth, but any broth will work in this recipe.
  3. I used Beyond Burger Patties, but you can certainly use any veggie burger you prefer.  You can also use real beef.  Simply form the ground beef into into a burger patty as you would normally.  Sear it on both sides in the skillet and then let it cook 90% of the way done.  Remove the patties to continue the recipe.

Grilled Halloumi & Tomato Salad

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Grilled Halloumi Cheese & Tomato Salad is insanely delicious!  Grilled Halloumi has a strong savory and salty flavor that is slightly creamy and incredibly addictive.  Paired with my simple Tomato and Basil salad, each bite is simply heaven. #halloumi #appetizers #salads #grilling #summerfood
Grilled Halloumi Cheese & Tomato Salad on plate.  It's insanely delicious! Grilled Halloumi has a strong savory and salty flavor that is slightly creamy and incredibly addictive. Paired with my simple Tomato and Basil salad, each bite is simply heaven. #halloumi #appetizers #salads #grilling #summerfood

Grilled Halloumi Cheese…the cure for all that ails you.  Bad day at work?  Grilled Halloumi will make you forget all about it.  Kids throwing a tantrum?  One bite of Grilled Halloumi and you will hear music over their screams.  Remember that old Calgon commercial with the woman in the bathtub, “Calgon, take me away”?  Forget the bubbles, just grill some Halloumi.  

This insanely delicious, outrageously mouthwatering cheese is my new favorite weekend treat and a MUST-TRY if you’ve never had it.  Grilled Halloumi has a strong savory and salty flavor that is slightly creamy and incredibly addictive.  Paired with my simple Tomato and Basil salad, each bite is simply heaven.

Grilled Halloumi Cheese & Tomato Salad on pan. It's insanely delicious! Grilled Halloumi has a strong savory and salty flavor that is slightly creamy and incredibly addictive. Paired with my simple Tomato and Basil salad, each bite is simply heaven. #halloumi #appetizers #salads #grilling #summerfood

What is Halloumi?

Halloumi cheese is a Greek semi-hard cheese made from goat and sheep’s milk.  In most recipes, you see it grilled because it really holds up under the high heat.   My earliest memories of Halloumi are actually as a child in the Suburbs of Chicago at a Greek restaurant my family would go to.  We would always order this flaming cheese appetizer, called Saganaki.  It was a big spectacle and fun for a kid, and the taste was amazing!

I didn’t make the connection that this flaming goodness was Halloumi until last year in Detroit at a Greek restaurant.  While I haven’t set it on fire here at home, this grilled version is just as tasty!

Store shelf with Halloumi cheese and other cheeses for Grilled Halloumi Cheese & Tomato Salad. It's insanely delicious! Grilled Halloumi has a strong savory and salty flavor that is slightly creamy and incredibly addictive. Paired with my simple Tomato and Basil salad, each bite is simply heaven. #halloumi #appetizers #salads #grilling #summerfood

You can find Halloumi at select grocery stores.  It isn’t always everywhere, but I have found it at my local Shoprite as well as small Organic Specialty stores.  If you cannot find it, you know where you can order it!

Grilled Halloumi Cheese & Tomato Salad on plate with fork holding bite. It's insanely delicious! Grilled Halloumi has a strong savory and salty flavor that is slightly creamy and incredibly addictive. Paired with my simple Tomato and Basil salad, each bite is simply heaven. #halloumi #appetizers #salads #grilling #summerfood

Quick note!  This post contains affiliate links, which means I earn a commission (at no extra cost to you) if you purchase from them.  This commission is what helps me keep this blog afloat :).  But, I also share these links because I have used the products, genuinely love them, and want you to know exactly what I used. 

PREP-AHEAD TO MAKE YOUR GRILLED HALLOUMI & TOMATO SALAD

We are all extremely busy and making dinner during the week can be overwhelming. Here are the steps you prepare in the day(s) in advance and store in the fridge as your meal Kit… (See the recipe below for more details)

The prep for this dish is so quick and easy, you can easily do this right before grilling and eating.  However, if you do need to get ahead, you can slice the Halloumi Cheese in advance.  You should get 8 slices out of the block giving you 2 slices per person.  As well as the tomatoes and the basil.

Sliced grape tomatoes for Grilled Halloumi Cheese & Tomato Salad. It's insanely delicious! Grilled Halloumi has a strong savory and salty flavor that is slightly creamy and incredibly addictive. Paired with my simple Tomato and Basil salad, each bite is simply heaven. #halloumi #appetizers #salads #grilling #summerfood

You can make the Basil Vinaigrette ahead, but I would wait to mix it with the tomatoes until ready to serve as they can get mushy.  Mix the Olive Oil, Vinegar, salt, pepper, and basil strips.

Basil Vinaigrette in bowl with fork for Grilled Halloumi Cheese & Tomato Salad. It's insanely delicious! Grilled Halloumi has a strong savory and salty flavor that is slightly creamy and incredibly addictive. Paired with my simple Tomato and Basil salad, each bite is simply heaven. #halloumi #appetizers #salads #grilling #summerfood

GRILL & ASSEMBLE YOUR HALLOUMI & TOMATO SALAD 

Preheat the grill on heat heat. Place the sliced Halloumi on a small grate grill or on aluminum foil with a little bit of Olive Oil so it doesn’t stick. (Note: No seasoning is needed, this is very salty cheese.) These cook fast on high heat, so they only need 4-5 minutes on the first side and another 2-3 minutes on the second side.  You want to see the char on these, so don’t worry, it tastes AMAZING!

Grilled Halloumi on pan Grilled Halloumi Cheese & Tomato Salad. It's insanely delicious! Grilled Halloumi has a strong savory and salty flavor that is slightly creamy and incredibly addictive. Paired with my simple Tomato and Basil salad, each bite is simply heaven. #halloumi #appetizers #salads #grilling #summerfood

Mix the tomatoes with the Basil Vinaigrette. Top on the slices of Halloumi and enjoy!


Grilled Halloumi Cheese & Tomato Salad on plate. It's insanely delicious! Grilled Halloumi has a strong savory and salty flavor that is slightly creamy and incredibly addictive. Paired with my simple Tomato and Basil salad, each bite is simply heaven. #halloumi #appetizers #salads #grilling #summerfood

ENJOY! 😍 Carrie

Grilled Halloumi Cheese & Tomato Salad

Grilled Halloumi Cheese & Tomato Salad is insanely delicious, outrageously mouthwatering, and will be your new favorite food!  Grilled Halloumi has a strong savory and salty flavor that is slightly creamy and incredibly addictive.  Paired with my simple Tomato and Basil salad, each bite is simply heaven. #grilling #grillrecipes #summerfood #salad #halloumi #tomatoes #healthyrecipes

Course Appetizer, dinner, Salad
Cuisine American, Greek
Keyword grilling, Halloumi, healthy recipes, salad, summer food
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 163 kcal
Author Carrie Tyler

Ingredients

  • 8 oz Halloumi Cheese
  • 8 oz Cherry or Grape Tomatoes
  • 5 Leaves Basil
  • 3 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 2 tbsp White Wine Vinegar
  • Pinch Salt, to taste
  • Pinch Pepper, to taste

Instructions

Prep-Ahead

  1. Slice the Halloumi Cheese lengthwise.  You should get 8 slices out of the block giving you 2 slices per person.

  2. Slice the cleaned tomatoes in half where the stem was.  Pile the basil leaves and then cut into strips (this is called a chiffonade).

    Sliced grape tomatoes for Grilled Halloumi Cheese & Tomato Salad. It's insanely delicious! Grilled Halloumi has a strong savory and salty flavor that is slightly creamy and incredibly addictive. Paired with my simple Tomato and Basil salad, each bite is simply heaven. #halloumi #appetizers #salads #grilling #summerfood
  3. Make the Basil Vinaigrette with the Olive Oil, Vinegar, salt, pepper, and basil strips.

    Basil Vinaigrette in bowl with fork for Grilled Halloumi Cheese & Tomato Salad. It's insanely delicious! Grilled Halloumi has a strong savory and salty flavor that is slightly creamy and incredibly addictive. Paired with my simple Tomato and Basil salad, each bite is simply heaven. #halloumi #appetizers #salads #grilling #summerfood

Grill and Assemble

  1. Preheat the grill on heat heat.  Place the sliced Halloumi on a small grate grill or on aluminum foil with a little bit of Olive Oil so it doesn't stick. (Note: No seasoning is needed, this is very salty cheese.)  These cook fast on high heat, so they only need 4-5 minutes on the first side and another 2-3 minutes on the second side.  You want to see the char on these, so don't worry about, it tastes AMAZING!

    Grilled Halloumi on pan Grilled Halloumi Cheese & Tomato Salad. It's insanely delicious! Grilled Halloumi has a strong savory and salty flavor that is slightly creamy and incredibly addictive. Paired with my simple Tomato and Basil salad, each bite is simply heaven. #halloumi #appetizers #salads #grilling #summerfood
  2. Mix the tomatoes with the Basil Vinaigrette.  Top on the slices of Halloumi and enjoy!

    Grilled Halloumi Cheese & Tomato Salad on pan. It's insanely delicious! Grilled Halloumi has a strong savory and salty flavor that is slightly creamy and incredibly addictive. Paired with my simple Tomato and Basil salad, each bite is simply heaven. #halloumi #appetizers #salads #grilling #summerfood