Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Cheese salad with hummus dressing and pitta crisps

Cheese salad with hummus dressing and pitta crisps

Joao won’t eat queijo coalho (I know, he’s silly), so after making these there was still half a package of cheese in my fridge. With all the sweets and baked goods around the house, I felt like eating something light and fresh, like a salad. Let’s avoid food waste and waistline expansion!! :)

I slightly adapted this recipe, just adding a bit more flavor to the dressing and omitting the onions. It’s a very easy, simple dish and insanely quick to put together. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

Cheese salad with hummus dressing and pitta crisps

Cheese salad with hummus dressing and pitta crisps

2 whole meal pitta breads
2 tomatoes, cut into chunks – I used cherry tomatoes
½ cucumber, cut into chunks
extra virgin olive oil
juice of 1 lime, divided
250g queijo coalho or halloumi, cut into chunks
dried oregano
2 tablespoons hummus (store-bought or homemade; recipe here)
75ml natural yogurt
salt and freshly ground black pepper

Preheat the oven to 180ºC/350ºF.
To make the pitta crisps, separate the pittas into 2 halves, cut into triangles and bake for 5-10 minutes until crisp. Set aside.

For the salad: toss the tomatoes and cucumber with 1 tablespoon olive oil and the half the lime juice. Sprinkle the cheese with a little oregano then grill or fry until golden. Mix the hummus and yogurt in a small bowl, add a little of the remaining lime juice + a little olive oil (to taste), mix well and season with salt and pepper to make a dressing.
Toss the cheese with the salad, drizzle over the hummus dressing and serve with the pitta crisps.

Serves 2


Manggy said...

You know, it was my grandmother's birthday last monday, and our very smart guests all decided to bring cake. So to avoid food wastage, I've been eating lots and lots of generic cake. Not good for waist expansion. Ugh. I think I will need a week of your delicious salads and pastas to recover!

Anonymous said...

Hey nice one, I love the photo too. Sounds like it would help with the waistline expansion!

pam said...

While searching for a Donna Hay magazine (which I couldn't find), I saw this magazine. Do you recommend it? Is it as good as Donna's?

Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) said...

This is the kind of salad I could eat every day. I'm just starting to discover halloumi, believe it or not, and I love it.

Susan from Food Blogga said...

Halloumi and hummus in the same salad. That sounds like the perfect salad to me.

LyB said...

You had me at "cheese salad" but add the hummus dressing and this sounds like a salad I could eat everyday! It looks so fresh and colorful, and tasty too! :)

Elly said...

Oh, wow, the combo of all of these things looks absolutely mouthwatering!

Susan @ SGCC said...

This sounds wonderful! I love fried halloumi and it is perfect in this salad. If you were really lazy, you could just stuff the pitta bread with the salad for a great sandwich too!

Dee said...

Yes, I definitely need some waist expansion intervention. Of course, 'insanely quick' is always a plus point in my book. Great salad!

By the way, your macarons are perfect. My first attempt was a disaster, although a delicious one.

Anonymous said...

Mmm anything that has halloumi has me interested. But someone that doesn't eat halloumi? I don't think I've ever met one in the flesh!

Deeba PAB said...

Anything cheesy, savoury & pitaish has me hungry...this is one of the best I've seen. Delicious!

Peabody said...

Hummus as dressing? You always come up with things that I would not have thought of!

Kana said...

I am with Peabody - not heard of hummus as dressing. You are quite the inventor :)

Deborah said...

Simple yet delicious! And different from anything I've tried!

Sarah said...

Looks so refreshing!

Emily said...

I love this Mediterranean salad. I've never had queijo coalho or halloumi. But I love hummus, oregano, pita, etc. My kind of flavors! I know I would like the cheese.

Lisa said...

What a nice light meal. It sounds delicious!

Patricia Scarpin said...

Mark, poor you! Generic cake is something bad already, and for those like you who make wonderful desserts they are even harder to eat!

Cathy, hahaha, you make me laugh, darling!

Pam, I only use Olive online, because we cannot find it here and a subscription for Brazil is too expensive. A friend of mine sent me a couple of issues a year or so ago, but I did not like it much - I prefer Delicious. magazine.

Lydia, I love cheese in salads. :)

Susan, I'm glad you like it, my friend.

LyB, I could get addicted to it too, sweetie! :)

Elly, thank you!

Susan, that sounds like a plan! Great idea!

Dee, thank you! And I'm glad you like the macarons, too!

Lorraine, my husband is weird. :)

Hi, beautiful! Thank you so much!

Pea, I have to say the same about you, dear. :)

Maya, thank you, darling! Kudos to Olive magazine! :)

Deb, I hope you give this a try!

Sarah, thank you!

Emiline, you are so creative, I'm sure you would come up with a interesting type of cheese to replace the halloumi/queijo coalho here!

Lisa, thank you!

Anonymous said...

Looks really good - especially with the pita crisps! Yum!

Jaime said...

wow, i would love to try that the next time i have some hummus around!

lululu said...

I love hummus, but as dressing for salad!!! Wow, i'd really have to try it!!!

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