Zucchini Ribbon Haloumi Salad

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Zucchini Ribbon Haloumi Salad // www.acozykitchen.com

It’s not summer if there isn’t massive amounts of zucchini everywhere. You’re probably experiencing this too. You go to the grocery store and the zucchini is marked down so cheap that you can’t say no. And so you don’t, but then you don’t know what to do with it. One can only have grilled zucchini so many times, you know?

Also, I think it’s weird that zucchini is literally everywhere but its flower – the zucchini flower – is kinda this rare, expensive little bird that people oooo and ahhhh at. Why aren’t there more? Doesn’t each zucchini get a flower too? Is this how this works? Nature confuses me.

This salad is ribboned, which I’m obsessed with because it’s soooo pretty. And it being ribboned means you can eat the zucchini raw like it ain’t no thang. Also, I love ribbons. It’s my dream to have big organized drawers in my home full of ribbons. What I would do with them? Who cares. I love ribbons!

Zucchini Ribbon Haloumi Salad // www.acozykitchen.com

Can we agree that the only thing better than normal cheese is SEARED GOOEY CHEESE! This is a fact. Haloumi cooks, sears on both sides without just melting in a big globby mess. I love it.

Haloumi is a salty cheese that when uncooked tastes a little rubbery. I actually still like it uncooked. But when it’s seared, the outside is nice and crispy and the center is warm and cheesy.

Zucchini Ribbon Haloumi Salad // www.acozykitchen.com

This salad only gets better with toasted pine nuts, fresh Italian parsley, capers and a simple shallot vinaigrette.

This is dinner that can literally be made in like 15 minutes. It’s all so super simple.

I got all of the ingredients together and then seared the cheese. Tossing the salad with the seared cheese actually warms the rest of the salad to the perfect temperature – not too hot and not too cold.

Now, umm…can you please make this for dinner?

Zucchini Ribbon Salad // www.acozykitchen.com

Zucchini Ribbon Haloumi Salad

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Dressing:
2 tablespoons minced shallot (from about 1/2 of a large shallot)
Salt
Pepper
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 tablespoon champagne vinegar or rice wine vinegar

Salad:
1 1/2 pounds zucchini, ends trimmed and ribboned
1 cup Italian parsley, stems discarded
3 tablespoons capers
2 tablespoons pine nuts
6 ounces haloumi, cubed

1. In a small bowl, add the shallot, pinch of salt and pepper, crushed red pepper, olive oil and lemon juice. Whisking the entire time, add the vinegar and continue whisking until the mixture is smooth and emulsified. Set aside.

2. To a large bowl, add the zucchini, parsley and capers. Place a non-stick skillet over medium-low heat. Add the pine nuts and toast, shaking the pan every so often, for 1 to 2 minutes and until lightly golden brown. Pour the pine nuts into the zucchini/parsley bowl.

3. Using the same skillet, increase the heat to medium-high. Add the cubed haloumi and sear on its first side for 2-3 minutes, or until golden brown. Flip, using a pair of tongs, searing the cheese on its opposite side for an additional 2-3 minutes. Immediately add the haloumi to the salad bowl, add half of the dressing and gently toss. Add more dressing to your liking, tossing once more. Serve immediately.

Serves 2 as an entree; Serves 4 as a small pre-dinner salad

{ 28 comments… read them below or add one }

Christina @ The Beautiful Balance August 7, 2013 at 12:05 am

Haloumi looks like paneer cheese! Love this salad and can’t wait to try it

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Belinda @themoonblushbaker August 7, 2013 at 2:28 am

I have a weakness for all cheese and grilled veggie combos but especially with haloumi. Zingy and fresh, just what i need in the middle of winter.
I think zucchini flower was too over priced for what they are worth. My grandmother used to give us loads for free as she grew them. I guess you can say they became the new foodie it food which means higher prices….

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Marie @ Little Kitchie August 7, 2013 at 4:49 am

Such a pretty salad! The capers are a perfect finishing touch!

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Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar August 7, 2013 at 4:50 am

So fun! I love interesting salads like this. Yum!

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kelley {mountain mama cooks} August 7, 2013 at 6:28 am

This is gorgeous and the flavors are wonderful!!

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Tieghan August 7, 2013 at 7:19 am

I love zucchini ribbons and anything with warm cheese is always a winner in my books! Such a pretty salad!

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Jamie G August 7, 2013 at 7:49 am

Haloumi cheese has been my summer obsession. What a perfect and tasty way to use up the prolific zucchini harvest.

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Tammela August 7, 2013 at 8:20 am

Yum — I love zucchini and halloumi. I’ve made a similar salad but grilled the zucchini as well as the cheese: http://taplatt.wordpress.com/2013/05/17/recipe-zucchini-hazelnut-salad-with-grilled-haloumi/

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Bev @ Bev Cooks August 7, 2013 at 8:27 am

THIS. is freaking fabulous.

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Tracy | Peanut Butter and Onion August 7, 2013 at 8:42 am

I usually don’t like zucchini raw….and I have never heard of haloumi before.

You can learn and eat something new everyday

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dervla August 7, 2013 at 9:45 am

making it tonight, off i go to trader joe’s right now! Thanks for the inspiration. I have your recipes permanently on my phone to refer to in trader joe’s :)

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Adrianna Adarme August 7, 2013 at 9:49 am

Ahh! YAY! Hope you like it! P.S.You might have trouble finding haloumi at TJ’s. I looked at my local one and they didn’t have it. Whole Foods or a cheese shop will have haloumi.

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misskimberlynn August 7, 2013 at 10:09 am

OH. WOW. This salad is right up my alley (especially the haloumi)! I have the same issue with an abundance of zucchini this summer because we planted zucchini in the community garden and they went bonkers. I use your zucchini fries recipe a lot! (I guess I could have worse problems haha)

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Nicole Klein August 7, 2013 at 10:10 am

This is my go to recipe for zucchini! Also a great way to get a daily dose of greens without having to taste them.

http://www.marthastewart.com/851872/zucchini-banana-and-flaxseed-muffins

Also- thanks for posting our pic on your july post! :)

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Adrianna Adarme August 7, 2013 at 10:51 am

Oh YAY! Thank you for coming! And those muffins look awesome. I need to make something breakfasty with muffins soon!

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michelle August 7, 2013 at 10:37 am

oooh, i love haloumi!!! i cannot get enough of it and i tell myself because it is not gooey cheese, it is not as fattening. i know.. sounds weird too, when i say it out loud!

thanks for this, another recipe to try!

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kickpleat August 7, 2013 at 10:42 am

Haloumi is great – so salty and I love the chewy, squeaky texture! I’ll have to try this since it’s always a chore to get me & my husband to eat zucchini, but cheese is the great motivator!

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Eileen August 7, 2013 at 11:35 am

I think one issue with zucchini blossoms is that they can be male or female, so you need both to get pollinated fruit. I bet people are reluctant to pick blossoms and risk making the plant totally unproductive. Anyway, this salad sounds so good! I haven’t had halloumi in way too long-must fix that very soon. :)

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sandra August 7, 2013 at 11:36 am

I’ve never had haloumi cheese. Sounds amazing. Must give it a try.

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Emily@ TotesDelishy August 7, 2013 at 12:36 pm

Haloumi cheese makes my heart happy! Especially when it’s on fire!

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Sophie August 7, 2013 at 1:58 pm

What the heck! This sounds like the most perfect balance of flavors, and perfect for summer. You’re a genius. I’m stowing this one away as inspiration while I try to decide on the perfect dinner menu for the party I’m hosting for my mama’s birthday. It has to be just. right. This is amazing!!

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Belinda August 8, 2013 at 1:08 am

Love haloumi. I always have a block in my fridge along with at least 7-8 different cheeses otherwise I start to hyperventilate. Just quick fried with lemon and salt is delicious or grated and mixed through risotto for arancini is devine.

I live in Queensland, Australia and zucchini flowers are $$$ (last time I paid $20 for 6) My mum grew some zucchinis and excitedly called me when she saw the flowers blossom but they had wilted by mid-morning. Our climate means they need to be picked really early and refrigerated straight away which might explain the price :(

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Jamie @lifelovelemons August 8, 2013 at 6:09 am

Ohhh how pretty! Love the zucchini ribbons!

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Molly August 8, 2013 at 7:14 am

I just bought some Haloumi from Trader Joe’s – now I know what to do with it!!! Thanks Adriana! xo

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Amanda August 8, 2013 at 10:54 am

Fried zucchini flowers are one of the best things I have ever eaten! Oh and this recipe looks pretty good too :)

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Shelly (Cookies and Cups) August 8, 2013 at 3:19 pm

So creative! looks delicious! Cant wait to try it =)

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little t August 8, 2013 at 3:25 pm

Definitely making it this weekend. Two of my favourite things: thinly sliced zuccini and squeaky cheese

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Tea Time August 18, 2013 at 8:49 am

I love cucumber sliced like that. Great mix to make a salad! Great pictures.

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