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Simple Mediterranean Avocado Salad | The Mediterranean Dish. The BEST avocado salad, prepared Mediterranean style with tomatoes, cucumbers and a the perfect garlic vinaigrette! Use grilled halloumi cheese for croutons, or leave them out for a vegan option. #avocado #avocadosalad #mediterraneandiet #mediterraneanfood #salad #avocados #vegetarianrecipes #glutenfree

Simple Mediterranean Avocado Salad with Halloumi


Description

Simple avocado salad, prepared Mediterranean-style with cucumbers, tomatoes, basil, and other Mediterranean favorites! Tossed in a tasty garlic vinaigrette with a generous pinch of Za’atar!


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Ingredients

  • 2 large Roma tomato, diced
  • 1/2 seedless English cucumber (hot house cucumber), diced
  • 1 shallot, sliced
  • 2 avocado, peeled, pitted and diced, and tossed in fresh lemon juice to avoid browning
  • 1/4 cup pitted Kalamata olives, more to your liking
  • 3 to 4 oz halloumi cheese, optional, cut into small cubes
  • 1015 basil leaves, gathered together and thinly sliced (chiffonade)
  • Early Harvest Greek extra virgin olive oil (only if using halloumi)

For Vinaigrette

  • 1 lemon, zested and juiced
  • 1/4 cup Early Harvest Greek extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 1/2 tsp za’atar spice, more to sprinkle
  • Salt and pepper

Instructions

  1. Prepare the vinaigrette. Place vinaigrette ingredients in a mason jar, cover tightly and shake until well-combined. Set aside for now (you’ll want to give the vinaigrette another shake before using).
  2. In a salad bowl, add all the salad ingredients except the halloumi cheese and basil.  Pour the vinaigrette and give the salad a gentle toss. Taste and adjust seasoning, add a sprinkle more of za’tar spice. Add the basil, and give one very quick and gentle toss.
  3. If adding halloumi cheese. Combine cheese cubes and about 1 to 2 tbsp or so extra virgin olive oil in a small bowl. Toss to coat the cheese with the EVOO. Heat an indoor griddle over medium heat. Add cheese cubes and grill for 2-3 minutes, turning over on all sides, until lightly browned and nice char marks appear (it should be crisp on the outside and nice and melty on the inside).
  4. Add the grilled Halloumi to the salad and serve immediately.

Notes

  • Category: Salad
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean

Keywords: Simple Mediterranean Salad, salad with avocado, halloumi cheese