Mediterranean Chickpea Salad With Grilled Halloumi

Mediterranean-inspired chickpea salad with grilled halloumi cheese, cucumber, and cherry tomatoes in a zesty lemon vinaigrette! Make this refreshing recipe now and serve on pita bread!

Summer just got a whole lot tastier with this refreshing Mediterranean Chickpea Salad, featuring crispy grilled halloumi cheese, crunchy veggies, and a zesty dressing! This flavorful and healthy salad is the perfect companion for your outdoor gatherings, potlucks, or a simple afternoon snack.

Ready Time

30 mins

Yields

6 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups cooked chickpeas
  • 1/2 cup chopped cucumber
  • 1/2 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/2 cup crumbled grilled halloumi cheese
  • 1/4 cup chopped red onion
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 6-8 pita bread, sliced (for serving)

Instructions

Preheat your grill or grill pan to medium-high heat. Cut the halloumi cheese into slices, about 1 inch thick.

Grill the halloumi for 2-3 minutes per side, or until nicely charred and slightly softened.

Let it cool down. In a large bowl, combine the cooked chickpeas, chopped cucumber, cherry tomatoes, red onion, and parsley.

In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, garlic, lemon juice, Dijon mustard, salt, and pepper.

Pour the dressing over the chickpea mixture and toss to coat. Once the grilled halloumi has cooled, crumble it into the bowl and gently toss to combine.

Taste and adjust the seasoning as needed.

To serve, place a spoonful of the chickpea salad onto a sliced pita bread and top with additional parsley if desired. Repeat with the remaining ingredients.

Refrigerate or serve immediately.

Notes

For the grilled halloumi, you can also use a broiler if you don’t have a grill or grill pan, just keep an eye on it so it doesn’t burn.

Don’t overmix the chickpea mixture, you want to keep it light and refreshing.

If you want to make it ahead, prepare everything except the halloumi, then crumble and combine just before serving to keep the cheese fresh.

You can also customize with other Mediterranean favorites like Kalamata olives or artichoke hearts.

For a lighter version, use less halloumi or substitute with feta.

The pita bread is optional, feel free to serve on its own or with some crudités on the side.

Nutrional Value

  • Calories: 420
  • Total Fat: 24g
  • Saturated Fat: 8g
  • Cholesterol: 20mg
  • Sodium: 350mg
  • Total Carbohydrates: 34g
  • Dietary Fiber: 8g
  • Sugars: 8g
  • Protein: 20g
Mediterranean Chickpea Salad with Grilled Halloumi
Mediterranean Chickpea Salad with Grilled Halloumi

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