Apple & Halloom Salad with Apple Cider Vinaigrette….I bet you are wondering what Halloom is? I was too when I saw it in the grocery store. Halloom is a semi-soft unripened cheese that is perfect for grilling. It is a Mediterranean-inspired cheese that holds its shape and resists melting when heated.
My love affair with cheese is never ending and as such I was very excited to try grilling some Halloom. And so hubs was given the order to grill it one night since he is the grill-master in our house. He took his job very seriously and did it with ease, never flinching under the pressure. It looked divine when it came off the grill, sliced up nicely and was a lovely but simple addition to my apple salad. Reminds me of a cross between a salty feta and a firmer bocconcini. It’s a keeper and my mind is spinning with ideas on how to use Halloom in the future. Until then try this salad, it’s one of my favourites and a show stopper.
- 2 tbsp minced shallots
- 1/2 cup olive oil
- 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
- 2 tsp dijon mustard
- 2 tsp honey
- 3 thick slices Halloom
- 1/2 cup slivered almonds toasted
- 1 red skinned apple ambrosia or gala
- 8 cups lettuce or mixed greens
- For dressing whisk together shallots, oil, vinegar, mustard and honey.
- Just before serving core and thinly slice apple. Lightly brush some oil onto Halloom and grill over medium-high heat until warmed through and you get some nice grill marks on the cheese. Let cool for a few minutes and then dice.
- Add lettuce/greens to a bowl, toss in apple, Halloom, toasted almonds and enough dressing to coat lettuce/greens (you may not need to use all of the dressing). Mix well and serve.