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

 

 

Weeknight Black Bean Taco Bowl Bar

Black Bean Taco Bowl with rice, smoky black beans, avocado, salty Cotija cheese, sour cream, fresh tomato, and bright cilantro.  This Black Bean Taco Bowl Bar lets everyone fills their bowl with any of the toppings they want!  Perfect for kids.  #tacos #tacobowls #healthyfood  #dinner #healthydinner #familydinner #kidsdinner #blackbeans #vegetarian

Imagine this… Your spoon scoops up fluffy rice with smoky black beans, creamy avocado, salty Cotija cheese, cool tangy sour cream, fresh tomato, and bright cilantro.  Then you look at your child scooping up a giant spoonful of rice and a lone black bean, while simultaneously shoving cheese into her mouth with her other hand.  Ahhhh, family dinner ;).

Sound familiar?  Well, then this Weeknight Black Bean Taco Bowl Bar is just for you!  You can make the beans and rice on the weekend and reheat on the weeknight.  Then, everyone fills their bowl with any of the toppings that suits their fancy.  You can load ’em up and the kids can pick and choose. 

Black Bean Taco Bowl with rice, smoky black beans, avocado, salty Cotija cheese, sour cream, fresh tomato, and bright cilantro. This Black Bean Taco Bowl Bar lets everyone fills their bowl with any of the toppings they want! Perfect for kids. #tacos #tacobowls #healthyfood #dinner #healthydinner #familydinner #kidsdinner #blackbeans #vegetarian

Black Beans are Sooooooo Good for You!

Black Beans are pretty amazing in terms of health benefits.  They have a whopping 15g of protein and 15g of Fiber in 1 cup!  It’s recommended that Women get 25g of Fiber daily, but most women aren’t getting this much in their diet.   When I checked my daily fiber intake, I was only at about 15g and was really surprised!!  Track your Fiber for a day or two and see how you stack up. 

Black beans are a great source of Fiber, especially if you’re eating a gluten free diet and may not be getting fiber from grains.  Try my Huevos Tostadas, Easy Brazilian Black Beans or Chickpea & Black Bean Cakes with Cucumber Yogurt Sauce or my Creamy Cajun Beans & Cauliflower over Quinoa for other great ways to enjoy black beans!

Black Beans with spoon for Black Bean Taco Bowl with rice, smoky black beans, avocado, salty Cotija cheese, sour cream, fresh tomato, and bright cilantro. This Black Bean Taco Bowl Bar lets everyone fills their bowl with any of the toppings they want! Perfect for kids. #tacos #tacobowls #healthyfood #dinner #healthydinner #familydinner #kidsdinner #blackbeans #vegetarian

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 BLACK BEAN TACO BOWLS

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 Dry Black Beans start this 1-2 days prior to when you want to eat…Measure out 1 cup and strain them under water. Then pour into a bowl, cover with water so that the water is about 1 inch above the beans. Place in the fridge overnight.

Dry Black Beans soaking in water for Black Bean Taco Bowl with rice, smoky black beans, avocado, salty Cotija cheese, sour cream, fresh tomato, and bright cilantro. This Black Bean Taco Bowl Bar lets everyone fills their bowl with any of the toppings they want! Perfect for kids. #tacos #tacobowls #healthyfood #dinner #healthydinner #familydinner #kidsdinner #blackbeans #vegetarian

Dry Black Beans soaking in water for Black Bean Taco Bowl with rice, smoky black beans, avocado, salty Cotija cheese, sour cream, fresh tomato, and bright cilantro. This Black Bean Taco Bowl Bar lets everyone fills their bowl with any of the toppings they want! Perfect for kids. #tacos #tacobowls #healthyfood #dinner #healthydinner #familydinner #kidsdinner #blackbeans #vegetarian

You can definitely use canned black beans as well, just rinse them off under water and follow the same instructions in the recipe.

Mince the garlic, chop the cilantro, slice the scallion thin.

When you’re ready to cook the beans (this can be done up to 5 days in advance and even frozen up to 4 months in advance), drain them and give them another rinse. Pour them into a pot and add 1 cup water, along with the minced garlic, 1/2 cup cilantro, chili powder, cumin, and salt.

Bring the beans up to a boil, then turn the heat down to a simmer, cover and let cook for 60 minutes.  NOTE, for canned beans you can reduce this time to 20 minutes.

While the beans are cooking, make the rice. Rinse the rice under water in a strainer until the water runs clear. Add to 4 cups of water with a pinch of salt and bring up to a boil. Turn the water down to a low simmer, cover and cook for 20 minutes. 

ASSEMBLE YOUR BLACK BEAN TACO BOWL BAR 

When you’re ready to eat, reheat the beans and rice if you’ve made them ahead.  Dice the avocado and the tomato. Get the sour cream and cotija cheese, extra cilantro leaves, and tortilla chips ready.

Serve the the rice in bowls with beans on top. Let everyone top them with whatever they want! Enjoy!

ENJOY!

😍 Carrie

Black Bean Taco Bowl with rice, smoky black beans, avocado, salty Cotija cheese, sour cream, fresh tomato, and bright cilantro. This Black Bean Taco Bowl Bar lets everyone fills their bowl with any of the toppings they want! Perfect for kids. #tacos #tacobowls #healthyfood #dinner #healthydinner #familydinner #kidsdinner #blackbeans #vegetarian

Black Bean Taco Bowls

Black Bean Taco Bowls have fluffy rice with smoky black beans, creamy avocado, salty Cotija cheese, cool tangy sour cream, fresh tomato, and bright cilantro.  This Black Bean Taco Bowl Bar lets everyone fills their bowl with any of the toppings that suits their fancy.  You can load 'em up and the kids can pick and choose.  #tacos #tacobowls #healthyfood #healthydinner #familydinner #kidsdinner #blackbeans #vegetarian

Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword black beans, dinner, easy dinner, family dinner, tacos, vegetarian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Dry Bean Soaking 8 hours
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Author Carrie Tyler

Ingredients

  • 16 Black Beans, dry soaked in water or canned
  • 1 clove Garlic
  • 1 tsp Chili Powder
  • 1 tsp Cumin
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 cup Fresh Cilantro
  • 2 Scallions
  • 2 cups Rice, uncooked
  • 1 cup Sour Cream
  • 1 cup Cotija Cheese
  • 1 Avocado
  • 1 Tomato
  • 1 cup Tortilla Chips

Instructions

Prep-Ahead Instructions

  1. For Dry Black Beans start this 1-2 days prior to when you want to eat...Measure out 1 cup and strain them under water.  Then pour into a bowl, cover with water so that the water is about 1 inch above the beans.  Place in the fridge overnight.

    Dry Black Beans soaking in water for Black Bean Taco Bowl with rice, smoky black beans, avocado, salty Cotija cheese, sour cream, fresh tomato, and bright cilantro. This Black Bean Taco Bowl Bar lets everyone fills their bowl with any of the toppings they want! Perfect for kids. #tacos #tacobowls #healthyfood #dinner #healthydinner #familydinner #kidsdinner #blackbeans #vegetarian
  2. Mince the garlic, chop the cilantro, slice the scallion thin.  

  3. When you're ready to cook the beans (this can be done up to 5 days in advance and even frozen up to 4 months in advance), drain them and give them another rinse.  Pour them into a pot and add 1 cup water, along with the minced garlic, 1/2 cup cilantro, chili powder, cumin, and salt.

  4. Bring the beans up to a boil, then turn the heat down to a simmer, cover and let cook for 60 minutes.

  5. While the beans are cooking, make the rice.  Rinse the rice under water in a strainer until the water runs clear.  Add to 4 cups of water with a pinch of salt and bring up to a boil.  Turn the water down to a low simmer, cover and cook for 20 minutes. 

  6. While the beans and rice are cooking (or warming back up), dice the avocado and the tomato.  Get the sour cream, cotija cheese, extra cilantro leaves, and tortilla chips ready in bowls with spoons.

  7. When the beans and rice are done, serve the the rice in bowls with beans on top.  Let everyone top them with whatever they want!  Enjoy!