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

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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

Quinoa Crust Tomato Tart with Artichoke Hearts and Goat Cheese

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Close up of cut Tomato Tart on parchment. It gives you crunch from the Quinoa crust, a burst of fresh from the tomatoes, tons of flavor from the basil and garlic, tang and meatiness from the artichoke and so much creaminess from the mozzarella and goat cheese!  It's addictive and delicious!

Close up of Tomato Tart corner on parchment. It gives you crunch from the Quinoa crust, a burst of fresh from the tomatoes, tons of flavor from the basil and garlic, tang and meatiness from the artichoke and so much creaminess from the mozzarella and goat cheese!  It's addictive and delicious!

This Quinoa Crust Tomato Tart has artichoke hearts, goat cheese, basil, and garlic.  It’s a healthy alternative to pizza, but still gives you incredible taste!  This was inspired by another recipe, my Bruschetta Topping with fresh tomatoes, artichoke hearts, and creamy goat cheese.  Add some mozzarella and pile it all on a healthy Quinoa Crust and you have an AMAZING and healthy tart!  I love this recipe because you get crunch from the crust, a burst of fresh from the tomatoes, tons of flavor from the basil and garlic, tang and meatiness from the artichoke and so much creaminess from the mozzarella and goat cheese!  It’s addictive and delicious!

QUINOA CRUST IS A HEALTHY OPTION

This is such an easy and healthy crust.  It’s made in a food processor, poured into a pan, then baked until crispy and crunchy!

Quinoa, pronounced KEEN-wah, is actually an edible seed that is referred to as a Superfood because of its health benefits.  it’s high in complete protein including 8 amino acids and it has more fiber than most other grains.  It also has Iron, Manganese, Lysine, and magnesium.

If you want to try more Quinoa recipes, check out my Quinoa Weekly Meal Plan – 3 recipes, 3 amazing ways to enjoy Quinoa.

Square Tomato Tart cut into pieces on parchment. It gives you crunch from the Quinoa crust, a burst of fresh from the tomatoes, tons of flavor from the basil and garlic, tang and meatiness from the artichoke and so much creaminess from the mozzarella and goat cheese!  It's addictive and delicious!

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 QUINOA CRUST

The first thing you need to do is to rinse and then soak the quinoa overnight or for at least 6 hours.  I like to buy organic Quinoa in relatively larger sizes since we use it so often in my house.  This is a good option: Nature’s Earthly Choice Organic Quinoa, 32 Ounce.

Quinoa being rinsed for the Tomato Tart Recipe. It gives you crunch from the Quinoa crust, a burst of fresh from the tomatoes, tons of flavor from the basil and garlic, tang and meatiness from the artichoke and so much creaminess from the mozzarella and goat cheese!  It's addictive and delicious!

Quinoa Crust ingredients for the Tomato Tart Recipe. It gives you crunch from the Quinoa crust, a burst of fresh from the tomatoes, tons of flavor from the basil and garlic, tang and meatiness from the artichoke and so much creaminess from the mozzarella and goat cheese!  It's addictive and delicious!

To make the crust, you simply put the quinoa plus the water, baking powder, salt, and oregano into a food processor.  Then process until fully blended together and smooth, but still textured.  It will be the consistency of a thick batter.  Add the oregano to the mixture and pulse again to mix in.

Quinoa Crust ingredients blended in food processor for the Tomato Tart Recipe. It gives you crunch from the Quinoa crust, a burst of fresh from the tomatoes, tons of flavor from the basil and garlic, tang and meatiness from the artichoke and so much creaminess from the mozzarella and goat cheese!  It's addictive and delicious!

Then pour the quinoa dough into a 9 inch square pan that has been lined with parchment paper and sprayed with a coating of Oil. I like to use a spray coconut oil for just a light coating.  Smooth the crust out with a spoon. Finally, sprinkle with a little fresh ground pepper.

Quinoa batter in pan with parchment paper for the Tomato Tart Recipe. It gives you crunch from the Quinoa crust, a burst of fresh from the tomatoes, tons of flavor from the basil and garlic, tang and meatiness from the artichoke and so much creaminess from the mozzarella and goat cheese!  It's addictive and delicious!

Bake the crust in the oven for 15 minutes. Then remove it and flip it over. The parchment makes pulling it out of the pan super easy.

Then put it back in the oven to cook another 5-10 minutes until the crust is firm and slightly crisp.  Remove from pan and place on a cooling rack until ready to assemble the pizza. You don’t need to fully cool the crust, you just do not want it to steam and get soggy if it sits in the pan.

Quinoa crust baked in pan with parchment paper for the Tomato Tart Recipe. It gives you crunch from the Quinoa crust, a burst of fresh from the tomatoes, tons of flavor from the basil and garlic, tang and meatiness from the artichoke and so much creaminess from the mozzarella and goat cheese!  It's addictive and delicious!

 

MAKE THE TOMATO TART TOPPING
Slice off the 4 sides (or cheeks) of the tomato, then remove the seeds with your fingers. Discard the seeds. Then dice the tomatoes and add to a large mixing bowl.

Next, dice the artichoke hearts. I use canned artichoke hearts in water, so I drain them first, then dice and add them to the tomatoes.

Fresh Basil really makes such a difference in flavor here.  I love to grow fresh basil all year so I love indoor grow kits.  They also make awesome gifts!  Check out this Indoor Herb starter kit as a gift for yourself or someone else!  It includes Organic, Non GMO Herb Seeds – Basil, Thyme Parsley, Cilantro. Also includes Potting Soil, Pots, Scissors.
Finely slice or chiffonade the basil and add it to the tomatoes and artichokes.  Then mince the garlic and add that to the bowl.  HACK: When you buy a head of garlic, mince all of the cloves at once and then freeze the minced garlic, so you always have it on hand!  For more Freezer Hacks to make meal prep easier, download this FREE FREEZER HACK SHEET!

Add salt and pepper and shredded Mozzarella, then mix!

Tomato, artichoke, mozzarella in bowl for the Tomato Tart Recipe. It gives you crunch from the Quinoa crust, a burst of fresh from the tomatoes, tons of flavor from the basil and garlic, tang and meatiness from the artichoke and so much creaminess from the mozzarella and goat cheese!  It's addictive and delicious!Tomato, artichoke, mozzarella in bowl for the Tomato Tart Recipe. It gives you crunch from the Quinoa crust, a burst of fresh from the tomatoes, tons of flavor from the basil and garlic, tang and meatiness from the artichoke and so much creaminess from the mozzarella and goat cheese!  It's addictive and delicious!

Spread the topping all over the Quinoa Crust. Then use a fork to scrape in crumbles of goat cheese all over the top. Cook for 30 minutes in the oven.

Quinoa crust Tomato & Artichoke tart in pan with parchment paper for the Tomato Tart Recipe. It gives you crunch from the Quinoa crust, a burst of fresh from the tomatoes, tons of flavor from the basil and garlic, tang and meatiness from the artichoke and so much creaminess from the mozzarella and goat cheese!  It's addictive and delicious!

Quinoa crust Tomato, Artichoke, and goat cheese tart in pan with parchment paper for the Tomato Tart Recipe. It gives you crunch from the Quinoa crust, a burst of fresh from the tomatoes, tons of flavor from the basil and garlic, tang and meatiness from the artichoke and so much creaminess from the mozzarella and goat cheese!  It's addictive and delicious!

Remove from the oven, cut, and Enjoy!!  😍 Carrie

Close up of cut Tomato Tart on parchment. It gives you crunch from the Quinoa crust, a burst of fresh from the tomatoes, tons of flavor from the basil and garlic, tang and meatiness from the artichoke and so much creaminess from the mozzarella and goat cheese!  It's addictive and delicious!

Tomato Tart with Artichoke Hearts and Goat Cheese on Quinoa Crust

This Tomato Tart gives you crunch from the Quinoa crust, a burst of fresh from the tomatoes, tons of flavor from the basil and garlic, tang and meatiness from the artichoke and so much creaminess from the mozzarella and goat cheese!  It's addictive and delicious!

Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian, Mediterranean
Keyword artichoke, artichoke heart, Bruschetta, goat cheese, pizza, tart, tomatoes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Soaking Time 6 hours
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 4 people
Author Carrie Tyler

Ingredients

Quinoa Crust

  • 3/4 cup Uncooked Quinoa
  • 1 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/4 tsp Dried Oregano
  • 1/4 tsp Fresh Ground Pepper

Tart Topping

  • 3 Plum Tomatoes
  • 8.5 oz Artichoke Hearts (1 can)
  • 10 leaves Fresh Basil
  • 1 clove Garlic
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • 1/4 tsp Fresh Ground Pepper
  • 1/4 cup Shredded Mozzarella
  • 4 oz Goat Cheese

Instructions

Prepare the Quinoa Crust

  1. Rinse the Uncooked quinoa thoroughly in a strainer. Place the quinoa in a bowl and cover with water to soak overnight.  After the quinoa has soaked for 6+ hours or overnight, rinse it again.

    Quinoa being rinsed for the Tomato Tart Recipe. It gives you crunch from the Quinoa crust, a burst of fresh from the tomatoes, tons of flavor from the basil and garlic, tang and meatiness from the artichoke and so much creaminess from the mozzarella and goat cheese!  It's addictive and delicious!
  2. Preheat oven to 425 F degrees

  3. To make the crust, you simply put the quinoa plus the water, baking powder, salt, and oregano into a food processor.  Then process until fully blended together and smooth, but still textured.  It will be the consistency of a thick batter.  Add the oregano to the mixture and pulse again to mix in.

    Quinoa Crust ingredients blended in food processor for the Tomato Tart Recipe. It gives you crunch from the Quinoa crust, a burst of fresh from the tomatoes, tons of flavor from the basil and garlic, tang and meatiness from the artichoke and so much creaminess from the mozzarella and goat cheese!  It's addictive and delicious!
  4. Then pour the quinoa dough into a 9 inch square pan that has been lined with parchment paper and sprayed with a coating of Oil. I like to use a spray coconut oil for just a light coating. Smooth the crust out with a spoon. Finally, sprinkle with a little fresh ground pepper.

    Quinoa batter in pan with parchment paper for the Tomato Tart Recipe. It gives you crunch from the Quinoa crust, a burst of fresh from the tomatoes, tons of flavor from the basil and garlic, tang and meatiness from the artichoke and so much creaminess from the mozzarella and goat cheese!  It's addictive and delicious!
  5. Bake the crust in the oven for 15 minutes. Then remove it and flip it over. The parchment makes pulling it out of the pan super easy.  Then put it back in the oven to cook another 5-10 minutes until the crust is firm and slightly crisp. Remove from pan and place on a cooling rack until ready to assemble the pizza. You don’t need to fully cool the crust, you just do not want it to steam and get soggy if it sits in the pan.

    Quinoa batter in pan with parchment paper for the Tomato Tart Recipe. It gives you crunch from the Quinoa crust, a burst of fresh from the tomatoes, tons of flavor from the basil and garlic, tang and meatiness from the artichoke and so much creaminess from the mozzarella and goat cheese!  It's addictive and delicious!

Make the Tart Topping

  1. Turn the oven down so Preheated to 400 F degrees.

  2. Slice off the 4 sides (or cheeks) of the tomato, then remove the seeds with your fingers. Discard the seeds. Then dice the tomatoes and add to a large mixing bowl.

  3. Next, dice the artichoke hearts. I use canned artichoke hearts in water, so I drain them first, then dice and add them to the tomatoes.

  4. Finely slice or chiffonade the basil and add it to the tomatoes and artichokes. Then mince the garlic and add that to the bowl.

  5. Add salt and pepper and shredded Mozzarella, then mix!

    Tomato, artichoke, mozzarella in bowl for the Tomato Tart Recipe. It gives you crunch from the Quinoa crust, a burst of fresh from the tomatoes, tons of flavor from the basil and garlic, tang and meatiness from the artichoke and so much creaminess from the mozzarella and goat cheese!  It's addictive and delicious!
  6. Spread the topping all over the Quinoa Crust.  Then use a fork to scrape in crumbles of goat cheese all over the top.  Cook for 20 minutes in the oven.

    Quinoa crust Tomato, Artichoke, and goat cheese tart in pan with parchment paper for the Tomato Tart Recipe. It gives you crunch from the Quinoa crust, a burst of fresh from the tomatoes, tons of flavor from the basil and garlic, tang and meatiness from the artichoke and so much creaminess from the mozzarella and goat cheese!  It's addictive and delicious!
  7. Remove from the oven, cut, and Enjoy!!

    Close up of cut Tomato Tart on parchment. It gives you crunch from the Quinoa crust, a burst of fresh from the tomatoes, tons of flavor from the basil and garlic, tang and meatiness from the artichoke and so much creaminess from the mozzarella and goat cheese!  It's addictive and delicious!