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Roasted Asparagus Salad with Grape Tomatoes and Fried Halloumi cheese and basil

Roasted Asparagus with Tomato, Halloumi Cheese and Sherry Vinaigrette


  • Author: The Mediterranean Dish
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 20 mins
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: serves 6 1x

Description

Easy roasted asparagus salad with tomatoes, basil and a lightly sherry vinaigrette! Use fried halloumi or cubed feta cheese if you want a bit of an indulgent twist. Makes a bright, show-stopping salad or side dish.


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Ingredients

  • 1.5 lb asparagus, hard end trimmed
  • Salt
  • Early Harvest Greek extra virgin olive oil
  • 4 oz Halloumi cheese, sliced into squares 1/2 inch in thickness (optional, not included in nutrition information)
  • 3 cups/447 g grape tomatoes, halved
  • 15 large basil leaves, torn

For the Sherry Vinaigrette

  • 1/4 cup sherry reserve vinegar or white wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup Early Harvest extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 tsp sumac spice (optional)
  • salt and pepper

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Place the asparagus spears on a large oiled baking sheet. Sprinkle with salt. Drizzle with extra virgin olive oil (toss to coat and be sure to spread asparagus in one layer.) Roast in heated-oven for 15 to 20 mins until tender. Remove from heat and let cool slightly.
  3. If using halloumi cheese. In a large nonstick skillet, heat 2 tbsp olive oil on medium heat until shimmering but not smoking. Pat cheese squares dry and fry them in batches for 1-2 minutes, turning over once with a spatula. When the cheese turns golden brown, remove from heat and set aside briefly (rest on a paper towel to drain excess oils)
  4. To make the vinaigrette, whisk together the vinegar with the extra virgin olive oil, garlic, sumac, salt and pepper.
  5. In a mixing bowl, combine the grape tomatoes with the fried halloumi and toss them together with the sherry vinaigrette.
  6. Assemble the roasted asparagus on a serving platter and top with the tomato and halloumi mixture. Finally, add the basil leaves. Enjoy.

Notes

  • Category: Salad
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean

Keywords: Roasted Asparagus, Asparagus Salad, Salad with Tomato and Asparagus, Halloumi Cheese , Sherry Vinaigrette