September 20, 2011

Asparagus and Haloumi Salad


I cannot think another vegetable that would scream "SPRING!" more than the mighty asparagus does. As soon as I see these fleshy greens appear in the green grocers and at the markets, I know that spring has truly sprung and the warmer weather and the sunny days are finally here. I don't think there is any magic as how to best enjoy them - just look for young and green spears, and I personally prefer the thinner ones as they tend to be sweeter in flavour and not as woody as the thicker ones.


This quick lunch is such a breeze to prepare. I love haloumi for its saltiness and it really gives a lovely contrast for the mild asparagus. You could use hazelnuts, macadamias or walnuts in place of slivered almonds, and if you don't have raspberry vinegar, just replace it with some balsamic - I think that'd be just as tasty. 
  
Asparagus and Haloumi Salad
(serves 2-4)

200g haloumi, cut into slices
1 bunch of asparagus, washed and trimmed
small handful of slivered almonds
raspberry vinegar
extra-virgin olive oil

1. Bring water to a boil in a large kettle. Add the asparagus and cook for 2-3 minutes. Drain, then refresh the asparagus under running cold water. Set aside. 

2. Dry-fry the slivered almonds in a frying pan until golden brown. Set aside.

3. Heat a little bit of olive oil in a frying pan. Fry the haloumi slices on both sides until golden. 

4. To assemble, divide the haloumi slices and the asparagus on the plates. Sprinkle each portion with slivered almonds and drizzle with raspberry vinegar and extra-virgin olive oil. Serve immediately.

33 comments:

  1. Those are two of my favorite foods. A delightful salad!

    cHeers,

    Rosa

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  2. Love asparagus but we have to wait another 6 months. Wish I could afford to spend 6 months South of the equator and 6 months North LOL Diane

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  3. Maria, this dish makes me miss asparagus season! I have to wait another 6-7 months for it to appear. I'll just have to bookmark this until then :)

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  4. What a beautiful post! I really like the pictures. Great idea for pairing asparagus with haloumi.

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  5. Haloumi is definitely on my list of things to make. I'm just sorry that it is not asparagus season here.

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  6. Agree, asparagus definitely heralds spring for me as well.

    Strangely, I had my first mango of the season yesterday - and it's not even summer yet!

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  7. One of the best combos Maria! The slivered almonds on top is a great idea!

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  8. I love asparagus too, and agree they do indeed scream spring. I love your combination with haloumi and flaked almonds. Yum!!!

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  9. I love asparagus. Haven't seen them in my local farmers markets yet, but I'm so looking forward to buying a few bunches.

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  10. There is officially nothing better than a piece of fried haloumi (or squeaky cheese, as we call it!).

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  11. Beautiful asparagus photos. The dish looks delicious. It is fun to see the world turning to spring as we are picking apples and pumpkins!

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  12. I'm not the biggest fan of asparagus but love it with poached egg and lots of salt. I guess that's where the haloumi comes into it. I tend to make my haloumi with watermelon - soooo nice and refreshing in summer.

    PS Lovely plate!

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  13. I absolutely love Halloumi... my great aunt in Jerusalem makes her own, and I'm always tempted to try her method. I love how you've paired it with mild, mellow asparagus.

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  14. I too am so pleased that asparagus is in season. Paired with (squeaky cheese!)haloumi would be perfection.

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  15. Sounds delicious!
    We are already entering autumn here, but I believe I will be able to find some asparagus somewhere :)

    P.S. Please allow the name/url comment option...
    Nadia @natureinsider

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  16. What a beautiful shot of asparagus!! Amazing... they are so pretty. I love this simplicity of the dish. We can enjoy the quality of food itself.

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  17. The photos in your blog are really good! What camera are you using? Sobe novi sad!

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  18. Long time until I can eat asparagus again! But we have pumpkin season that I love so much! :) Great recipe, Maria, I'll save it for next year!

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  19. I discovered Haloumi cheese thanks to Sarka in London. I have never found it in Italy, but oh boy if I like it! so versatile! can't wait for spring to come to have asparagus again!

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  20. That looks awesome, I'm going to try this at my next BBQ! Delicious!

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  21. this looks & sounds totally delicious, I love asparagus. we've been lucky enough to have some locally grown asparagus lately.

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  22. your asparagus is lovely!! Who knew you could make asparagus and cheese look so good?!

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  23. Crispy, pan-fried halloumi is with capers and tart lemon juice is one of my fave quick snacks. Here in New York we're heading into autumn, so pumpkins and corn are more what we have to look forward to - halloumi and roasted pumpkin would be divine, too. Yum!

    (I'm a regular reader but first time commenter -really enjoy your styling, photographs, food, and your touch of Finland in Oz).

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  24. The perfect Spring lunch. With my two favourite ingredients :)

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  25. Our season ended a bit ago, but I love it so much when it is in season (usually roasted) but this recipe looks delicious and has given me a reason to try Haloumi! Beautiful photos!

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  26. I completely agree with you! Asparagus screams Spring :) And very soon I will start missing it out here. Love how simple and flavor this dish is.

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  27. That looks like really fine and tender asparagus - and pairing it with halloumi amd almonds really works for me!

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  28. I LOVE asparagus...so sad that it's no longer in season. Although I've heard Marks & Spencer are selling a hardier version which grows long after the season is over? If pairing with cheese I'd normally go for parmesan but love the idea of halloumi.

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  29. Mmm, love the look of your fried haloumi! And it looks divine paired with asparagus. I'll have to wait quite some time for asparagus...sigh!

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  30. I was sooo excited to get my first asparagus last week...it really does mean Spring. Great combo with the halloumi & the nuts, and think macadamias would be especially good :)

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  31. This sounds just wonderful! I have got to find some halloumi.

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  32. Haloumi is just divine, isn't it? So nice with the asparagus & crunch of the almonds!

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