Grilled Halloumi Cheese and Couscous Salad {with Orange Vinaigrette}

Grilled Halloumi Cheese and Couscous Salad

 Grilled Halloumi Cheese and Couscous Salad

{with Orange Vinaigrette}

This Grilled Halloumi Cheese and Couscous Salad with Orange Vinaigrette
has got it goin’ on, my friends!  The salad component combines grilled halloumi cheese, Israeli couscous, sautéed kale and a few other stars and makes for the absolute perfect make-ahead salad for all the Summer bbqs you’re gonna have!  It’s high on the flavour meter and guaranteed to be a recipe you’ll want to make again and again. On its own, it’s completely delicious, but also pairs well with fish or chicken for a satisfying dinner.  There’s grape tomatoes, thinly sliced red onion, olives and sunflower seeds in there too for a little crunch and texture.  That deliciousness is then tossed in a simple Orange Vinaigrette so you know it’s gonna be good (and good for you).

Hey everyone!  How was your weekend?  We visited family for Mother’s Day, so that was nice and furry child gave me a beautiful calla lily; it’s this beautiful deep purple/burgundy colour.  Reading the instructions on the card that came with it, after it finishes blooming the steams have to be cut back, it needs to be placed somewhere dark and the soil should be kept dry.   Also, apparently, they are poisonous to kids and pets so have to keep it out of furry child’s way (not that he gets into any of that now anyway; he is too preoccupied with tearing the stuffing out of his toys, lol).

Guess what?  I don’t know if you can recall, but in a previous post I talked about how I tried Kefir milk and it was so, well, not so nice to the taste buds.  In my defence, though, when I poured myself a glass I thought I was pouring goat’s milk so I wasn’t expecting the sourness that is Kefir.  Feel me?  Anyhow, hubby loves that stuff so now it’s a regularly stocked item in our household. So this weekend in full mental awareness, I said I was going to give Kefir another try and I did; now, I didn’t tip the full bottle on my head and drink the whole thing, but I did take a little sip and, you know what, I didn’t hate it.  Maybe all it takes is baby steps.  I’m not a picky eater at all, but certain things I just can’t go there.  I mean even the other week I cooked moose!  I made moose bourguignon.  Maybe it was the full bottle of wine (in the recipe, I mean), or the copious amount of herbs, or the fact that I served it on buttery mash, but the recipe was delicious.  Perhaps I’ll blog that one day.  We shall see 🙂

Grilled Halloumi Cheese and Couscous Salad

Grilled Halloumi Cheese and Couscous Salad

I made this Grilled Halloumi Cheese and Couscous Salad as a side for a bbq hubby and I were having on a Saturday evening.  The recipe yields a good amount and it can be eaten warm or cold.  That was one of my favourite things about this recipe.  I made the salad earlier in the day and just threw it in the fridge for when we were ready.  All we had to do was grill the steaks and, voila, dinner!

Grilled Halloumi Cheese and Couscous Salad

Grilled Halloumi Cheese and Couscous Salad

I used Israeli couscous in this recipe, but if you don’t have that on hand you can certainly use quinoa.   Israeli couscous should be readily available, though, in your local grocery store and would totally recommend using that if you can.  I just love the texture of it and it’s hearty enough to stand up again the kale and halloumi cheese. Halloumi cheese is a semi-soft cheese that tastes kinda like mozzarella, but is salty like feta.  It’s perfect for grilling.  How awesome is that?!  The texture is just out of this world and it has a saltiness to it that just adds so much oomph to a recipe.  Then, to go ahead and grill it?  Oh my goodness!  Whoever thought of grilling cheese is a freaking genius.  It took all my willpower not to stuff a big hunk of the cheese in my mouth after grilling it.  So much willpower.  Wait; give me a minute.  I need to start dreaming about that cheese again……..ok…..I’m back 🙂

Grilled Halloumi Cheese and Couscous Salad

When you do grill the cheese, remove from the pan and let it cool slightly before cutting it into little cubes – and if one of those little cubes of cheese happens to land in your mouth before it lands in the salad, I can’t blame ya…you were just doing quality control, right 😉 ?  I left the cheese in good sized cubes because I wanted it to stand out in the recipe and no one is going to complain about decent sized pieces of cheese; if they do, then you shouldn’t be friends with them anymore….just kidding, but seriously, you should re-evaluate your relationship 😀

Grilled Halloumi Cheese and Couscous Salad

Grilled Halloumi Cheese and Couscous Salad

As you all know, I’ve said again and again that I’m a huge fan of sweet/savory combos.  There’s a lot of savory/salty flavours going on here in this salad with the kale, couscous and olives….so I paired it with an Orange Vinaigrette.  It’s a simple vinaigrette with a touch of sweetness from orange zest and orange juice and goes perfectly with the Grilled Halloumi Cheese and Couscous Salad.

Grilled Halloumi Cheese and Couscous Salad

I can tell you that this salad is now a favourite in our home and hope it will be in yours too.  Have a great week everyone and chit chat again soon 🙂

~D

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Grilled Halloumi Cheese and Couscous Salad
This is a delicious, make-ahead salad perfect for Summer bbqs! Israeli couscous is combined with grilled halloumi cheese sautéed kale along with grape tomatoes, thinly sliced red onion, olives and sunflower seeds . It's all tossed in a simple Orange Vinaigrette. You'll want to make again and again!
Grilled Halloumi Cheese and Couscous Salad
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Grilled Halloumi Cheese & Couscous Salad
Orange Vinaigrette
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Grilled Halloumi Cheese & Couscous Salad
Orange Vinaigrette
Grilled Halloumi Cheese and Couscous Salad
Instructions
Grilled Halloumi Cheese & Couscous Salad
  1. Cook couscous per package instructions. You want about 4 cups cooked. I used a 340 g package. Reserve.
  2. Meanwhile, starting with a cold pan on medium, cook cheese about 3-4 minutes per side until lightly browned. Remove from pan to let cool slightly and reserve for later use. Once cooled slightly you can cut into cubes.
  3. Next, in a nonstick pan on medium low on the stove top heat olive oil. Add kale, 1/4 tsp each of salt and pepper and cook just until kale is wilted, about 5 minutes.
  4. Add kale to reserved couscous and stir to combine.
  5. Add remaining ingredients (along with reserved cheese) to kale and couscous mixture. Stir to combine. Pour the Orange Vinaigrette over the salad. Enjoy!
Orange Vinaigrette
  1. In a small mason jar combine, all ingredients and shake to combine.
Recipe Notes

The instructions for the box of couscous I had was to basically heat some oil in a pan, add couscous and lightly brown for a few minutes.  Then add 2.5 cups of water.  Bring up heat, cover and cook for 8-10 minutes.  Turn off heat and rest for a couple of minutes.  Just prepare couscous as per your package instructions before proceeding with the recipe.

I prefer my salads to be lighter on the vinaigrette side, meaning I don't use a lot.  If you prefer you can double the recipe for the vinaigrette and add as much as you prefer to the salad (any leftovers can be used for another dish).

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49 thoughts on “Grilled Halloumi Cheese and Couscous Salad {with Orange Vinaigrette}

    • Girl Heart Food says:

      I love all sorts of cheese too, Lisa! Almost too much, lol

      I bet you would love the moose bourguignon. Moose is quite similar to beef, but leaner. Have a lovely weekend, girl!!

  1. Amanda says:

    This sounds like such a refreshing recipe! I don’t think I’ve ever heard of Halloumi cheese. What is it similar to? It all sounds very good–thank you for sharing!

    • Girl Heart Food says:

      Oh wow! You’re the first person that has said they have eaten moose! I should seriously consider blogging my moose bourguignon 🙂 It was a big deal for me to make/eat the moose because I didn’t really enjoy it growing up. Not that we had a lot, but every once in a while. Funny how tastes change. So happy you like the salad!! And thanks so much for the Pin…appreciate it. Hope you have a great weekend, Meghan! xo

    • Girl Heart Food says:

      Thanks Michelle! It seems that a lot of people, myself included, are a fan of this cheese! So good, right? Thanks for the kind comments and hope you get a chance to try the recipe soon 🙂

  2. Amanda (Yum In Your Tum) says:

    This salad looks AMAZING! The grilled halloumi cheese sounds divine, and the orange vinaigrette is right up my alley! I love simple homemade dressings like this. I am glad you had a good Mother’s day weekend Dawn! 🙂 Can’t wait to try this recipe. Pinned!

    • Girl Heart Food says:

      Thanks Miriam! I know, lovely gift, wasn’t it 🙂 ? I can’t believe it either, but luckily my little guy doesn’t bother them and I keep them out of his reach anyway. Have a great weekend!

    • Girl Heart Food says:

      It is, isn’t it? Halloumi cheese is one of my favs, for sure! Cheese plus grilled = awesome in my books ;)! So happy you like the salad and get to try real soon! Thanks so much for the comments, Kathleen 🙂 Have a lovely upcoming weekend!

    • Girl Heart Food says:

      Woo hoo! Awesome! So happy you like it, Tracy 🙂 !! Yes, you do have to fix that…try as soon as you can, it’s DELICIOUS! You’re gonna love it, I’m sure. Yes, moose! I can’t believe it, either. I haven’t blogged the recipe or anything, but may do sometime. I cooked it in the bourguignon as I would beef. It’s a lot leaner than beef, though, and slightly gamey. It turned out really yummy so I think I may blog it at some point. Thanks Tracy :). Have a great week, girl!

  3. Kathryn @ Family Food on the Table says:

    What a perfect summer salad!! Picnics, parties, BBQs… Definitely a must make! We love Israeli couscous, plus all those fresh flavors AND grilled cheese?! I definitely won’t have your willpower to resist it from the grill though! Yum girl! Pinning! XXOO

    • Girl Heart Food says:

      Awww, thanks so much, Kathryn! It definitely was difficult not to devour the whole batch of cheese, that’s for sure! Thanks for the lovely comments and Pin. Much appreciated! Hope you get to try the recipe soon 🙂 xo

  4. annie@ciaochowbambina says:

    I have never had grilled halloumi cheese and every time I see it, I kick myself! In my mind they look like mini grilled cheese sandwiches, right? And how awesome is that?! But I also know I will love the cheese sans bread and couscous in its place! This is a fabulous summertime recipe!!

  5. David @ Spiced says:

    Grilled halloumi! Yes, yes and more yes! This looks like the perfect summer salad, Dawn. And for the record, I totally hear you about kefir. I tried a little bit a few months back, and it wasn’t my favorite. I didn’t hate it, but I thought it was a little odd. They say our taste buds change every 7 years…so maybe kefir is on the way in for you! 🙂
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    • Girl Heart Food says:

      So delicious, isn’t it? Love that cheese! I am getting used to it, so maybe I’ll love it one day as much as hubby do. Who knows, right? I didn’t love cilantro at one point and now I do. Thanks for the comments, David! Have a great week!

  6. karrie @ Tasty Ever After says:

    I can eat my weight in halloumi cheese. Love that stuff! This salad is pretty damn awesome and one I’ll be trying soon (as soon as I can get to the store this week and buy me some halloumi!!). Moose bourguignon? You Canadians are crazy! lol! I would at least try it but I would feel sorry for the moose (don’t ask me why). 🙂
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    • Girl Heart Food says:

      Thanks Karrie! I can eat halloumi cheese like crazy too. Yes, moose bourguignon! It was a big deal for me ’cause I didn’t enjoy moose growing up. If you’re ever in these parts, I’ll have to make some for ya 😉 Have a lovely week, girl!

  7. Kevin | Keviniscooking says:

    As soon as I saw halloumi cheese I had to come a reading’ as it’s a house favorite. My only complaint is I find it harder and harder to find it lately. Like, is there some sort of halloumi cheese shortage I’m unaware of? We must be on a summer salad mental wave length, eh?!
    This looks wonderful, love the zesty orange vinaigrette and the Israeli couscous, the heft and texture is great for both warm or cold recipes. I saw fur child’s gift on IG, how sweet. 🙂 Now, where can I find some moose?
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    • Girl Heart Food says:

      So good, isn’t it? Seriously, Kevin, it was so hard not to eat all that cheese after grilling it 😀 Yeah, funny thing, isn’t it? I posted a salad and you did too! We all must be excited about the turn in the weather and having all kinds of bbqs or something! Have you had moose before? It’s definitely something I’m getting used to. I’m sure you would love. It’s a very lean meat. I actually have some moose sausage in my freezer. Not sure what they are destined for yet, though! Thanks for the comments & have a great week :)!

  8. Demeter | Beaming Baker says:

    Grilled cheese on a salad? YAAS!!!! Okay, I know that’s not *exactly* what you said, but you kinda did… and EVERYTHING out of your kitchen is always everything we could have all dreamed of. 🙂 Um, hello, pina colada in a cupcake? 😉 Summer BBQs, here we come.
    Furry child gave you a beautiful calla lilly? What a sweetie. <3 😉
    Kefir: I remember that post! Super cool that you've given it another shoot. Love that hubs enjoys it so much… funny how that is. 😉 Going from your previous reaction to not hating it is progress indeed!
    Alright, off to dream about this orange vinaigrette (bc… obvs). Happy Monday, D! Pinned. 🙂

    • Girl Heart Food says:

      Oh shucks, Demeter!! Thanks so much; you’re seriously too kind!
      I know, some little guy isn’t he? The flower is absolutely gorgeous…hoping it’ll re-bloom again once the flowers have gone for the season.
      Yeah, the kefir wasn’t too bad…kinda like yogurt. And, I tried a couple of brands and realizing that the flavour varies quite a bit over them. Keep on trying and maybe one day I’ll love it as much as hubby, lol.
      Thanks for the Pin, girl!! Happy Monday right back at ya! Have a great week 🙂

  9. Cheyanne @ No Spoon Necessary says:

    So glad you had a wonderful Mother’s Day, Dawn! And so sweet of your fur baby to give you flowers (plant)! I can’t believe you have tried moose! I’ve never tried that before, was it gamy? Anyways, LOVE this salad!!! You packed this with so much deliciousness and I am loving that orange vinaigrette! I could eat this as is, but this is also a excellent side dish for BBQ. Perfect for spring and summer, dear! Cheers!
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    • Girl Heart Food says:

      Thanks Cheyanne! So thoughtful, wasn’t it 😉 ? I know…I can’t believe I tried moose, either. Growing up, I didn’t like at all. Not one bit. Now, I have it in small doses and getting used to it. It’s very lean and slightly gamy, but not too much. I have moose sausages in the freezer and have to try something with those soon. Happy you love the salad! It’s definitely a fav of mine and will be making a lot over the Summer, for sure. Thanks for the lovely comments…appreciate it!

  10. Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice says:

    It sounds like you had a nice Mother’s Day with your fur baby! Calla lilies are one of my favorites! I had one a few years ago, but I didn’t do very well in keeping it alive. They are so pretty, though! And this salad looks just gorgeous. Halloumi cheese is one of my favorites, though I always forget about it. I love that you paired it with a zesty couscous salad. Sounds perfect for the summer!

    • Girl Heart Food says:

      I certainly did, Gayle! I haven’t had much luck with orchids, but hopefully I will with the calla lily! I know what you mean…it’s not a cheese that comes to mind often, but I do love it. Funny thing. Thanks so much for the sweet comments and have a wonderful week 🙂

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