Grilled Halloumi & Tomato Salad

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

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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

 

 

Skillet Eggs in Spicy Tomato Pepper Sauce

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Skillet Eggs in Spicy Tomato Pepper Sauce with Manchego Cheese.  Drop the mic.  It starts with a tangy red pepper and tomato sauce with smoky spices that cooks down into this thick and luscious sauce. Then the eggs sit nestled right in the sauce and cook to perfection with the yoke still runny and ready to ooze. The cheese melts on top for a creamy and nutty finish.  Set all of this over crisp tortillas and I swear you will not want to stop eating it!  Is your mouth watering yet?!

Skillet Eggs in Spicy Tomato Pepper Sauce with Manchego Cheese cooked in a skillet. With a smoky, spicy, thick, and luscious red pepper tomato sauce. #eggs #huevosrancheros #tomatosauce #easydinner #brunch #shakshuka

An Egg-cellent Source of So Many Nutrients!!

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Eggs are really amazing!  Aside from being incredibly delicious scrambled, poached, fried, soft or hard boiled, they are incredibly healthy! 

One little egg has 6 grams of complete protein.  Your body needs protein to form muscle, repair tissue, and transport nutrients.  Proteins are made of amino acids and our bodies can produce all but 9.  Those 9 are essential amino acids that must consume from food.  Not all foods contain all 9, but a balanced diet can provide all 9.  Food that has all 9 essential amino acids is called a Complete Protein and examples are red meat, poultry, fish, milk, cheese, yogurt, soybeans, quinoa, and EGGS. 

Eggs also contain Vitamins A, B5, B12, B6, B2, D, E, and K!  They have Calcium, zinc, Folate, Phosphorus, and Selenium.  Check out more health benefits of Eggs here.

So, if your kids suddenly wake up one day and no longer like chicken or beef after loving it the day before, no worries!  Just give them eggs!

A few other Yummy Egg Recipes Links:

Skillet Eggs in Spicy Tomato Pepper Sauce with Manchego Cheese served over a crispy corn tortilla with skillet in back. With a smoky, spicy, thick, and luscious red pepper tomato sauce. #eggs #huevosrancheros #tomatosauce #easydinner #brunch #shakshuka

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 SKILLET EGGS IN SPICY TOMATO PEPPER 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) 

For this recipe, there are actually two levels of prep that you can tackle.  You can simply dice the onion, chop red pepper, mince the garlic, measure out the spices, chop the cilantro and store it all in the fridge and call it day.

Chopped red pepper for Skillet Eggs in Spicy Tomato Pepper Sauce with Manchego Cheese. With a smoky, spicy, thick, and luscious red pepper tomato sauce. #eggs #huevosrancheros #tomatosauce #easydinner #brunch #shakshuka

Diced red onion for Skillet Eggs in Spicy Tomato Pepper Sauce with Manchego Cheese. With a smoky, spicy, thick, and luscious red pepper tomato sauce. #eggs #huevosrancheros #tomatosauce #easydinner #brunch #shakshuka

Spices in a bowl for Skillet Eggs in Spicy Tomato Pepper Sauce with Manchego Cheese. With a smoky, spicy, thick, and luscious red pepper tomato sauce. #eggs #huevosrancheros #tomatosauce #easydinner #brunch #shakshuka

Or you can take it one more step and cook the sauce entirely and store it in the fridge.  The the night or morning you plan to eat it, warm it up in a skillet, then add the eggs and cheese.  

So, let’s get right into the cooking.

 

COOK YOUR SKILLET EGGS IN SPICY TOMATO PEPPER SAUCE 

Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Place 4 tortillas on a sheet pan, brush with olive oil, and lightly salt. Heat for 10 minutes, then flip tortillas over and cook for another 10-15 or until crisp.  I tried this step in advance, but the tortillas became chewy and when reheated, overcooked.  Therefore, I don’t recommend doing this ahead, just do it while you are cooking the sauce/eggs.

4 corn tortillas on sheet pan for Skillet Eggs in Spicy Tomato Pepper Sauce with Manchego Cheese. With a smoky, spicy, thick, and luscious red pepper tomato sauce. #eggs #huevosrancheros #tomatosauce #easydinner #brunch #shakshuka

4 crispy corn tortillas on sheet pan for Skillet Eggs in Spicy Tomato Pepper Sauce with Manchego Cheese. With a smoky, spicy, thick, and luscious red pepper tomato sauce. #eggs #huevosrancheros #tomatosauce #easydinner #brunch #shakshuka

For the sauce, you need a large frying pan or skillet.  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 lid, which is perfect for these types of sauce that need to simmer.  

The sauce is soooo simple!  Heat 1 tbsp olive oil in a large sauté pan preheated on medium heat. Add onion, red pepper, and garlic. Sauté for 8 minutes, stirring frequently to ensure the garlic and onions do not burn.Diced onion, red pepper, and garlic in skillet cooking for Skillet Eggs in Spicy Tomato Pepper Sauce with Manchego Cheese. With a smoky, spicy, thick, and luscious red pepper tomato sauce. #eggs #huevosrancheros #tomatosauce #easydinner #brunch #shakshuka

Diced onion, red pepper, and garlic in skillet cooking for Skillet Eggs in Spicy Tomato Pepper Sauce with Manchego Cheese. With a smoky, spicy, thick, and luscious red pepper tomato sauce. #eggs #huevosrancheros #tomatosauce #easydinner #brunch #shakshuka Add tomato sauce, spice blend (chili powder, cumin, cayenne, salt, pepper) and water. Stir until blended.  Then Cover and simmer mixture over medium-low heat for 10 minutes till it starts to reduce.Spices, tomato sauce, diced onion, red pepper, and garlic in skillet cooking for Skillet Eggs in Spicy Tomato Pepper Sauce with Manchego Cheese. With a smoky, spicy, thick, and luscious red pepper tomato sauce. #eggs #huevosrancheros #tomatosauce #easydinner #brunch #shakshuka

Spices, tomato sauce, diced onion, red pepper, and garlic in skillet cooking for Skillet Eggs in Spicy Tomato Pepper Sauce with Manchego Cheese. With a smoky, spicy, thick, and luscious red pepper tomato sauce. #eggs #huevosrancheros #tomatosauce #easydinner #brunch #shakshuka

Crack the eggs, one at a time, in a separate cup so that you can fish out any shell pieces. With a spoon, make a ‘hole’ in the sauce and pour the egg into it. Do this for all 4 eggs, making sure to space them evenly over the sauce. Sprinkle the cheese over top.  TIP: I like to sprinkle it all around the yoke, leaving that beautiful yellow yoke poking through. 

Hand pouring raw egg into hole in tomato sauce in pan for Skillet Eggs in Spicy Tomato Pepper Sauce with Manchego Cheese. With a smoky, spicy, thick, and luscious red pepper tomato sauce. #eggs #huevosrancheros #tomatosauce #easydinner #brunch #shakshuka

Hand pouring raw egg into hole in tomato sauce in pan for Skillet Eggs in Spicy Tomato Pepper Sauce with Manchego Cheese. With a smoky, spicy, thick, and luscious red pepper tomato sauce. #eggs #huevosrancheros #tomatosauce #easydinner #brunch #shakshuka  Shredded cheese being sprinkled over raw eggs sitting in tomato sauce in pan for Skillet Eggs in Spicy Tomato Pepper Sauce with Manchego Cheese. With a smoky, spicy, thick, and luscious red pepper tomato sauce. #eggs #huevosrancheros #tomatosauce #easydinner #brunch #shakshuka

Cover the pan.  Allow to simmer for 8-10 minutes, or until the eggs are cooked and the cheese has melted. Skillet Eggs in Spicy Tomato Pepper Sauce with Manchego Cheese cooked in a skillet. With a smoky, spicy, thick, and luscious red pepper tomato sauce. #eggs #huevosrancheros #tomatosauce #easydinner #brunch #shakshukaPlace a tortilla on a plate and cover with an egg and sauce.  Sprinkle with chopped cilantro.

ENJOY!  😍 Carrie

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Skillet Eggs in Spicy Tomato Pepper Sauce with Manchego Cheese cooked in a skillet. With a smoky, spicy, thick, and luscious red pepper tomato sauce. #eggs #huevosrancheros #tomatosauce #easydinner #brunch #shakshuka
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Eggs in Spicy Tomato Pepper Sauce

Skillet Eggs in Spicy Tomato Pepper Sauce with Manchego Cheese are incredible.  With a smoky, spicy, thick, and luscious red pepper tomato sauce. The eggs sit nestled right in the sauce and cook to perfection with the yokes ready to ooze. The cheese melts on top for a creamy and nutty finish.  Set all of this over crisp tortillas!!  #eggs #huevosrancheros #tomatosauce #easydinner #brunch #shakshuka 

Course Breakfast, Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword eggs, peppers, shakshuka, tomato sauce
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4 Servings
Author Carrie Tyler

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp Extra Virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 Red onion
  • 2 cloves Garlic, minced
  • 1 Red bell pepper chopped
  • 15 oz Tomato sauce
  • 1/2 tsp Chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp Cumin
  • 1/4 tsp Cayenne pepper (optional)
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • 1/4 tsp Ground Black Pepper
  • 1/2 cup Water or low sodium vegetable broth
  • 1 Cup shredded Manchego (you can substitute Gruyere or cheddar)
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 tbsp fresh chopped cilantro (you can substitute parsley)
  • 4 Soft Corn Tortillas

Instructions

Prep Ahead

  1. Dice half of onion.  

    Diced red onion for Skillet Eggs in Spicy Tomato Pepper Sauce with Manchego Cheese. With a smoky, spicy, thick, and luscious red pepper tomato sauce. #eggs #huevosrancheros #tomatosauce #easydinner #brunch #shakshuka
  2. Chop red pepper into ½ inch pieces.  Mince 2 cloves garlic.  Store the onion, red pepper, and garlic together in fridge if doing ahead.

    Chopped red pepper for Skillet Eggs in Spicy Tomato Pepper Sauce with Manchego Cheese. With a smoky, spicy, thick, and luscious red pepper tomato sauce. #eggs #huevosrancheros #tomatosauce #easydinner #brunch #shakshuka
  3. If your cheese is not grated, then grate and store in an airtight container.

  4. Chop the cilantro.  Store in fridge if doing ahead.

  5. Measure out your spices (chili powder, cumin, cayenne, salt, pepper) into a small bowl.

    Spices in a bowl for Skillet Eggs in Spicy Tomato Pepper Sauce with Manchego Cheese. With a smoky, spicy, thick, and luscious red pepper tomato sauce. #eggs #huevosrancheros #tomatosauce #easydinner #brunch #shakshuka

Cook

  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Place 4 tortillas on a sheet pan, brush or spray with olive oil, and lightly salt. Bake for 10 minutes, then flip tortillas over and bake for another 10-15, until crisp.

    4 crispy corn tortillas on sheet pan for Skillet Eggs in Spicy Tomato Pepper Sauce with Manchego Cheese. With a smoky, spicy, thick, and luscious red pepper tomato sauce. #eggs #huevosrancheros #tomatosauce #easydinner #brunch #shakshuka
  2. Heat 1 tbsp olive oil in a large skillet preheated on medium heat. Add onion, red pepper, and garlic.   Sauté for 8 minutes, stirring frequently to ensure the garlic and onions do not burn.

    Diced onion, red pepper, and garlic in skillet cooking for Skillet Eggs in Spicy Tomato Pepper Sauce with Manchego Cheese. With a smoky, spicy, thick, and luscious red pepper tomato sauce. #eggs #huevosrancheros #tomatosauce #easydinner #brunch #shakshuka
  3. Add tomato sauce and spice blend (chili powder, cumin, cayenne, salt, pepper) and water.  Stir until blended.  

    Spices, tomato sauce, diced onion, red pepper, and garlic in skillet cooking for Skillet Eggs in Spicy Tomato Pepper Sauce with Manchego Cheese. With a smoky, spicy, thick, and luscious red pepper tomato sauce. #eggs #huevosrancheros #tomatosauce #easydinner #brunch #shakshuka
  4. Cover and simmer mixture over medium-low heat for 10 minutes till it starts to reduce. 

    Spices, tomato sauce, diced onion, red pepper, and garlic in skillet cooking for Skillet Eggs in Spicy Tomato Pepper Sauce with Manchego Cheese. With a smoky, spicy, thick, and luscious red pepper tomato sauce. #eggs #huevosrancheros #tomatosauce #easydinner #brunch #shakshuka
  5. Crack the eggs, one at a time, in a separate cup so that you can fish out any shell pieces.  With a spoon, make a 'hole' in the sauce and pour the egg into it.  Do this for all 4 eggs, making sure to space them evenly over the sauce.  Sprinkle the cheese over top.  TIP: I like to sprinkle it all around the yoke, leaving that beautiful yellow yoke poking through. 

    Hand pouring raw egg into hole in tomato sauce in pan for Skillet Eggs in Spicy Tomato Pepper Sauce with Manchego Cheese. With a smoky, spicy, thick, and luscious red pepper tomato sauce. #eggs #huevosrancheros #tomatosauce #easydinner #brunch #shakshuka
  6. Cover the pan. Allow to cook for 8-10 minutes, or until the eggs are cooked and the cheese has melted.

    Skillet Eggs in Spicy Tomato Pepper Sauce with Manchego Cheese cooked in a skillet. With a smoky, spicy, thick, and luscious red pepper tomato sauce. #eggs #huevosrancheros #tomatosauce #easydinner #brunch #shakshuka
  7. Place a tortilla on a plate and cover with an egg and sauce.

    Skillet Eggs in Spicy Tomato Pepper Sauce with Manchego Cheese served over a crispy corn tortilla with skillet in back. With a smoky, spicy, thick, and luscious red pepper tomato sauce. #eggs #huevosrancheros #tomatosauce #easydinner #brunch #shakshuka